Foundational Principles are assertions we consider to be self-evident,
which do not require proof, even though many people do not think about
them (and some people even actively obfuscate them).
The finite Earth is a closed system materially and an open system
Non-renewable natural resources such as fossil fuels and rock phosphate
The ability of Earth's ecosystems to assimilate pollution without
consequences is finite.
Energy throughput is essential to all human activities, including
Growth of any physical quantity (including economic activity) must
Technology is not a substitute for energy, but rather a tool for
Human combustion of fossil fuels is the primary cause of ongoing
global climate change.
Humans are a part of nature, not apart from nature.
Today's human activities impact the quality of life of future
generations, not only in creating problems but also in exhausting
the resources necessary for the inevitable transition beyond carbon.
The tacit, taken-for-granted, largely unconscious nature of human
culture presents difficult
problems for readjusting people's shared expectations, even as cultural
models for behavior can change quickly under certain circumstances.
Social capital is central to resilience.
The fact that humanity has managed the technological world for
generations does not guarantee future success, especially in the face
of unprecedented pressures on our planetary system.