chapter  3
- Restoring Babylon: Leaving a Better Iraq for This Century of Revitalization
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We’re at a historic global turning point. The three crises (contamination, corrosion, and constraint) resulting from sprawl (from population growth) and from basing societies on natural resource extraction have always been local in nature: we’ve long had polluted, dilapidated, and overcrowded cities, regions, or even nations. Never before, however, have these three crises reached global levels, and now all three are coming to a head simultaneously in what can be referred to as “the restoration economy” (Cunningham 2002).