Sustainable Prosperity, the Long-Term Solution to Climate Change and Environmental Degradation, Fixes Resource Overshoot and Toxic Consumerism to Create a Great Global Rebirth

As difficult as it seems to understand, at the deepest levels and as a driving prime cause, the current climate change extinction emergency, our deteriorating environment, and many of the world's other 11 major global crises are directly or indirectly caused by the concept and problem of Overshoot. Overshoot simply means that resource demand is over and beyond that of that particular resource's regeneration or renewal capacity. 

Excessive demand leading to overshoot is driven by both over-consumption and population. Right now, the human population's need and demand for the Earth's resources have well exceeded the Earth's carrying capacity to regenerate those resources. For example, our current fossil fuel use, which is causing the global warming emergency, is caused by our increasing population demanding more consumer goods. As a result, not only are we depleting the non-renewable fossil fuels that took millions of years to create, but we are also polluting and poisoning our atmosphere and oceans with toxic fossil fuel by-products.

One also could call overshoot an environmental and energy management ignorance or even greed in simple moral or ethical terms. But, whatever you call it, our taking more resources from the Earth than the Earth can renewably supply or resupply is the single deepest cause of most of today's major global problems. It contributes significantly to our air, water, and land pollution and even many of our current economic and social inequalities. 

While our current global warming emergency is directly caused by burning fossil fuels and polluting the atmosphere and our oceans with carbon, methane, etc., for its complete long-term solution, it is critical to address the deeper, underlying overshoot issues on ecological, economic, social, and energy management levels. It bears repeating that many of these same overshoot issues also fuel our 11 major global crises' worsening.

The opposite of overshoot would also include creating a sustainable population level balanced with its available renewable resources. (This is commonly known as the carrying capacity of an area.) For humanity to begin to live within its carrying capacity and not continue to overshoot its resources, we will have to do something radically new, which we call living the principles of Sustainable Prosperity.

The deeper causes of climate change have to do with humanity's dominant political, economic, and religious current values, which hold that nature is something to be controlled, dominated, and exploited rather than something to live within, in harmony and balance. The deepest cause of climate change is widespread human ignorance of how nature and evolution work and our proper place within nature and not over it.

(Click here to discover why total human extinction is not realistic or probable and the worst humanity will experience is near-total extinction (50 to 90+% of humanity going extinct.)

Introduction to the path to a survivable "No Overshoot" future: Living the principles and new values of Sustainable Prosperity.

We believe that the principles of Sustainable Prosperity (below) will most likely come FULLY into being only after the Great Global Collapse has occurred. The reasons for this are:

1. Existing economic, political, and social systems and human power structures are so entrenched and self-protecting that they will never allow the needed fundamental changes, which in many cases would remove their positions of special privilege, advantage, and power.

2. The populations which support the existing economic, political, and social systems are widely ignorant of the concept of resource overshoot and its accelerating dangers. They also have become so used to the comforts these systems provide; they will resist needed improvements until something happens to them that is so devastating (the Great Global Collapse) that they will finally be ready to change. It is like the old saying, "people will only change when the pain going forward is less than the pain of staying where they are."

As you read about Sustainable Prosperity in this booklet, you will discover the many social, economic, and even political policy overshoot causes hidden behind our inability to create long-term global warming solutions and many of our other 11 major global crisesIf we do not quickly apply the principles of Sustainable Prosperity to our lives, livelihoods, and societies, we and humanity will become like "dead man walking" who will be unable to slow or stop our own ecological, economic, and social demise. 

And finally, after you have finished the following Sustainable Prosperity booklet, please also review the following two links to review Part 2 of the Job One for Humanity Climate Resilience Plan. They will provide additional and essential adaptation steps aligned with the principles and processes of Sustainable Prosperity to help you better manage the global warming emergency and the other 11 global crises we are now facing.

We also strongly recommend getting and reading the book Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change by William Catton. This is the one book that everyone seeking a more sustainable life must have in their library! [When you purchase any books on our website from Amazon, you can help support our nonprofit mission. Our nonprofit organization will receive a commission of a few percent on your purchase that will help support our critical mission. Setting up our organization to receive a commission on your purchase from Amazon is fast and easy. Step 1. If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, simply sign up at and select our organization (Factnet Inc.) to start generating donations at no cost to you! (Factnet is the IRS-recognized 501(C)3 nonprofit that owns Job One for Humanity, Universe Spirit, and other social benefit websites.) Step 2. Open the app and/or find 'Settings' (☰) in the main menu. (Instructions are similar for smartphones or web browsers on computers.) Step 3. Next, tap on 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone or computer.] 

What is Sustainable Prosperity

We all wish for prosperity (abundance) and for it to continue as long as possible (sustainability). But in these uncertain times of the runaway global heating emergency and the worsening of the world's other major 11 global crises, can we count on having this?

As we move toward raising families, wouldn't it be nice to know that we, others, our environment, and our economic and social systems will continue to prosper sustainably? Of course, we want that.

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to create lives and livelihoods of sustainable prosperity to create a better world, so many of us are seeking?

What are the core concepts of Sustainable Prosperity

The core concept of Sustainable Prosperity is that:

1. there is an intelligent way for everyone to have ample sufficiency and abundance (prosperity) in the vital and meaningful areas of life and have this prosperity be sustainable over the long term without destroying other biological systems or harming the other essential Earth systems.

2. humans should strive to protect nature and improve human wellbeing by developing and deploying technologies (particularly appropriate technologies) that decouple human development from environmental impacts.

This new Sustainable Prosperity has processes and principles that support one person's prosperity contributing to another's without detracting from it or the wellbeing of other species and the Earth.



The above are the most basic starting ideas of Sustainable Prosperity. But, there is much more to understand about ts principles and achieve its strategies, as you will find in the following pages of this online booklet.

The Sustainable Prosperity principles can:

a.) help us correct the problems of resource overshoot.

a.) sustainably improve most areas of your life besides just physical prosperity.

b.) help us resolve the tremendous adaptive challenge of escalating global warming caused by fossil fuel burning. (Practicing the action steps of Sustainable Prosperity can also do a lot to help us get close to meeting the life-critical 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets.)

c.) help us resolve many of our 11 other major global crises facing humanity.

d.) help us also create new sustainable economics and a new sustainable consumer (prosumer), driven economy. (This would be to replace the current modern environment-destroying, "consume, waste and pollute" consumerism.) And,

e.) create hundreds of millions of well-paying new jobs as we transition from the Second Industrial Revolution to the Third Industrial Revolution during the next 20 years.

Why the principles and processes of Sustainable Prosperity are so crucial at this time

Humanity is at a crossroads. We are already in a global collapse process because our existing economic, political, and social systems do not deal with resource overshoot and the overpopulation which drives it. 

These existing systems are unlikely to make the needed changes until these systems fall in the Great Global CollapseBecause of this harsh reality, humanity must begin envisioning the structural and process improvements required for the future. This way, some of humanity that survives the Great Global Collapse can use these principles and processes to create the new structures and systems required for a possible Great Global Rebirth. 

The Sustainable Prosperity booklet below is starting this envisioning process for our future. Many people and groups have already adopted many of its principles and processes.

"The principles of Sustainable Prosperity are necessary evolutionary adaptations for our current economic, social, and political crises. These adaptations will help humanity both thrive and overcome the harsh realities of Earth's diminishing resources, as well as the challenges of supporting humanity's remaining population. These new Sustainable Prosperity adaptations are critical to resolving global warming and our 11 other major global crises. If humanity wishes to go on as a species, the principles and actions of Sustainable Prosperity will need to be embraced globally." Lawrence Wollersheim

After you have finished reading this booklet, please let us know if you think we have missed any essential principles or processes by emailing us at ([email protected]).  

When you are reading the Sustainable Prosperity pages below, keep in mind that these are the processes and principles that we eventually will need to enact to prevent future overshoot and resolve global warming and our 11 other major global crises!

Where did the principles and processes of Sustainability Prosperity come from

Many Sustainable Prosperity principles are derived from evolution's time-proven principles for sustaining success in an individual, group, or system. Other principles and processes of Sustainable Prosperity come from various movements such as the Sustainability movement, the Simplicity movement, and the Degrowth movement.

Go Now to Page 2 of the Sustainable Prosperity booklet by clicking the following link: An Overview of the Implications of the New Sustainable Prosperity.

The 38 pages of this online booklet cover resolving overshoot from many different perspectives. 

Here are All 39 pages of the Sustainable Prosperity Booklet, the Long-Term Solution to The Global Warming Emergency and Overshoot:

  1. The Sustainable Prosperity Revolution: The New Good Life, Hope for the Economy and the Future of Job Creation 

  2. An Overview of the Implications of the New Sustainable Prosperity

  3. Why the Sustainable Prosperity Revolution Now? The Full Sustainable Prosperity Definition

  4. How to Resolve the Next Great Global Jobs Crisis

  5. What are the Billions of Good Paying and Meaningful New Jobs of the Sustainable Prosperity, Sustainable Consumerism, and Sustainable Economy Revolution?

  6. Sustainable Prosperity and Financial Success, Maintaining the Essential Energy Balance

  7. How to Create a Sustainable Prosperity Lifestyle, Livelihood, and Global Society

  8. How to Use the Personal and Collective Action Steps of Sustainable Prosperity

  9. The New Economic Laws of the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, Profit,) and Full Cost Full-Cycle Accounting for All Businesses
  10. Live Within the Carrying Capacity of the Local, Regional and Global Ecosystems

  11. Recognize That ALL Physical Growth Contained on Earth has limits!

  12. Divest Out of Companies With Poor Environmental Records and Unsustainable Practices

  13. Reduce Your Personal, Your Business, and Your Nation's Eco-footprint

  14. Waste Nothing or Nearly Nothing!

  15. Learn the Difference Between What you Want and What you Really Need!

  16. Create Personal, Group, and System Reserves and Resilience

  17. Embrace the Sustainable Prosperity 5,000 Year Rule and the Reduce, Recycle and Reuse principles.

  18. If You Are of a Spiritual or Religious Nature, Use the Power of Your Faith to Help Make Sustainable Prosperity For All a Reality!

  19. Use Temporary Personal "Deep Divestment" Where Needed as a Stepping-Stone Solution to Our Currently Unsustainable Societies and Values

  20. Promote Sustainable Prosperity to Create More "Prosumers" and A Better World

  21. Begin Creating or Join a Supportive Microculture (communities of local communities) Dedicated to the Principles of Sustainable Prosperity

  22. Create Organic, Bottom-Up Democratic Self-Organizing Governance Within Sustainable Prosperity

  23. Align All of One's Individual and Group Actions With the Progressive Directionality of Universe Evolution

  24. Protect the Climate From Global Warming and Escalating Cataclysmic, Irreversible, and Extinction Level Climate Destabilization!

  25. Evolve Global International Laws, Courts, and Enforcement Mechanisms For Natural Resource Management

  26. Support and Create the New Third Industrial Energy Revolution of Green Energy From Non-Polluting, Renewable, and Near Inexhaustible Energy Sources

  27. Create and Demand a New Sustainable Manufacturing Culture

  28. Get Your Home and Business Converted Over To Green Energy Systems As Quickly As Possible!

  29. Divest Out of Companies With Poor Environmental Records and Unsustainable Practices

  30. Stop All Current Toxic and Dangerous Environment Polluting Practices

  31. Restore All Destroyed and Polluted Ecosystems Wherever Possible

  32. Protect, Steward, and Build Resilience Into the Natural Environment

  33. Use Appropriate New Technologies to Help Create Affordable and Sustainable Abundance For All

  34. Ensure Justice For All. Justice is the Essential, but Often Invisible Structural Foundation For Holding or Expanding Sustainable Prosperity

  35. Ensure Women Play a Larger Role

  36. Who is Practicing Sustainable Prosperity Today?

  37. Conclusion: Becoming a Sustainable Prosperity Movement Evolutioneer

  38. A New Science-Grounded Worldview that Supports the Principles of Sustainable Prosperity

  39. Technical Notes on Where the Key Principles for Sustainable Prosperity Come From

If you are interested in understanding the climate science and analysis procedures we used to present the above information, click here for a technical explanation of our climate research process.

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