Christian Lauk is researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology Vienna at the Alpen-Adria Universitaet Klagenfurt/Vienna/Graz in Austria. His research focuses on nature-society interactions generally, and the global socio-ecological carbon metabolism and future scenarios of biomass use particularly. He works broadly to contribute to the analysis of the current socio-ecological crisis, and to develop ideas for a pathway to an “association of free individuals.” In this context, he contributes to the weblog and co-authored the book “Die Grenzen des Kapitalismus. Wie wir am Wachstum scheitern.”

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, we find ourselves in a peculiar situation: although hardly anyone would deny the deep ecological crisis facing humankind, we seem to be caught in a net of assumptions that impede a practical solution. Having acknowledged that we need to reduce consumption of energy and materials drastically,1,2 we …

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