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Natural capitalism is the key that unlocks the reversal of that waste. A manifold reduction in resource use can increase the overall level and quality of employment while dramatically reducing harm to the environment. The economy can grow, use less material, free resources for those who need them, and start to restore living systems. We should be laying off not productive people, but rather the wasted barrels of oil, gallons of water, pounds of metals, and acres of forest, thus regenerating natural capital, hiring more people to do so, and cutting total cost. Gradually and fairly rebalancing factor inputs to substitute increasingly abundant labor for increasingly scarce nature will help to heal society and Earth.
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