In my opinion, the very phrase “smart growth,” like the phrase “sustainable growth,” is an oxymoron. At our present point of evolution, I see nothing smart about continued growth.
What is smart (and sustainable) is a moratorium on growth, coupled with a “smart and sustainable decline” in the size of our population. As a research scientist and author of several books on health, I subscribe to the hypothesis that the current human population far exceeds the planet’s carrying capacity, perhaps by double. Feeding the population is only part of the problem. We appear to be running out of places to dump the toxic wastes we generate, and we may well drown in our own effluent.”
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