Book cover for This Civilisation is Finished. It contains a striking illustrated image of a giant soft drink can surrounded by trash and with trees growing on it.

This Civilisation is Finished: Conversations on the end of Empire – and what lies beyond

This Civilisation is Finished is a book co-authored by Rupert Read and Samuel Alexander. It is published by the Simplicity Institute.

Industrial civilisation has no future. It requires limitless economic growth on a finite planet. The reckless combustion of fossil fuels means that Earth’s climate is changing disastrously, in ways that cannot be resolved by piecemeal reform or technological innovation. Sooner rather than later this global capitalist system will come to an end, destroyed by its own ecological contradictions. Unless humanity does something beautiful and unprecedented, the ending of industrial civilisation will take the form of collapse, which could mean a harrowing die-off of billions of people.

This book is for those ready to accept the full gravity of the human predicament – and to consider what in the world is to be done. How can humanity mindfully navigate the inevitable descent ahead? Two critical thinkers here remove the rose-tinted glasses of much social and environmental commentary. With unremitting realism and yet defiant positivity, they engage each other in uncomfortable conversations about the end of Empire and what lies beyond.

This Civilisation is Finished can be purchased on The Simplicity Institute’s website.

A German translation of This Civilisation is Finished can be purchased here.

A Spanish translation of This Civilisation is Finished can be purchased here.

Praise for This Civilisation is Finished

“A brave and necessary conversation, which digs deep into ideas which will make many people – including many greens – uncomfortable. This book should help everyone to question their own assumptions” – Paul Kingsnorth, co-founder of The Dark Mountain Project.

“Bring your fear, your despair and your hope to this book – it will nurture them all with sharp and nuanced insight” – Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics.