Living in the age of limits
beginner's guide


Dark Greens base their understanding of environmental and social challenges on the limits to growth.

Their responses seek to build community resilience through deep adaptation and to upskill themselves in preparation for the discontinuities we can expect from changes to our energy supply, the economy, our society and the environment.

A view from the peak

We are living through a transition into an age of limits and a post-growth economy.

Human society is in overshoot. The five interrelated themes of Peak Planet, Peak Oil, Peak Debt, Peak Inequity and Peak Complexity underpin our emerging reality - an inevitable transition into an age of limits and a post-growth economy.

This reality is the context for our work.

Facing a realistic future

Eyes wide open, we will confront our future in Aotearoa New Zealand and explore how to live within it.

Dramatic and chaotic changes are already happening. In the near future all of us are likely to experience unavoidable discontinuities to the social structures and ecosystems we are familiar with and rely on. However, our current situation also presents a range of opportunities for shifting to new ways of living, new cultures. It is the potential and dynamics of this shift that we are most interested in. There are a number of vital questions that are currently only being peripherally considered. We have come together to address them, urgently and directly.

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Aotearoa Deep Time Walk

The Aotearoa Deep Time Walk is inspired by two complementary ideas that help us to understand the ecological foundations of Aotearoa. The Deep Time Walk - a 4,600 metre walk through 4,600 million years, where every metre equals 1 million years; and Reading the Landscape - a new film following David Holmgren as he shares insights and practices into ways of observing and interacting with the land / whenua as a shared, co-evolutionary practice.
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