Bill Rees – Why We’re in Denial

“We’re living with a myth, that the global economy can grow forever…”

“If we don’t change our cultural myth to conform to bio-physical reality (the reality of limits to material growth), then we’re going to have huge problems on our hands in the next few decades.”

Dr. William Rees is a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and former director of the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). He is the originator of the “ecological footprint” concept and co-developer of the method. In this interview he speaks with us about why we’re in denial about the failure of the human enterprise. We ask Bill about the reasons we’re in denial and how we could start adapting to our ecological challenges through a new cultural narrative.