Stan Cox, Life After the Exit Ramp, The Solutions Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2013, Pages 13 ( Abstract: This article is part of a regular section in Solutions in which the author is challenged to envision a future society in which all the right changes have been made. The year is 2071, and the world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 2021 Mumbai Earth Treaty. On this momentous day, it seems appropriate to look back at the dramatic sequence of events that followed in the wake of that agreement. Today's world may seem somewhat tame and placid, but its origins lie in the wrenching decisions of the 2020s that led to what is now known as the Great Deceleration—choices that had to be made quickly, at a time when no one could be certain of the consequences. The Dilemma Throughout the first two decades of this century, the world's biggest economies had continued to function as if the Earth's store of fossil fuels and other mineral resources was inexhaustible and its capacity to absorb greenhouse gases and other wastes was unlimited. Of course, few actually believed that … Topics: Economy; Inequality