How Overconsumption Is Killing Us—and How to Fight Back

Author: John de Graaf,David Wann,Thomas H. Naylor

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1609949293

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. We tried to warn you! The 2008 economic collapse proved how resilient and dangerous affluenza can be. Now in its third edition, this book can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless working hours, and family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, and rampant commercialism are all symptoms of this global plague. The new edition traces the role overconsumption played in the Great Recession, discusses new ways to measure social health and success (such as the Gross Domestic Happiness index), and offers policy recommendations to make our society more simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn't to stop buying—it's to remember, always, that the best things in life aren't things.
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The All-Consuming Epidemic

Author: John de Graaf,David Wann,Thomas H. Naylor

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1605096474

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 5581

In chapters with titles like "Swollen Expectations" and "A Rash of Bankruptcies, " "Affluenza" uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done--to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment--by the obsessive quest for material gain.
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The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism

Author: Ozzie Zehner

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803243367

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 437

View: 5791

We don’t have an energy crisis. We have a consumption crisis. And this book, which takes aim at cherished assumptions regarding energy, offers refreshingly straight talk about what’s wrong with the way we think and talk about the problem. Though we generally believe we can solve environmental problems with more energy—more solar cells, wind turbines, and biofuels—alternative technologies come with their own side effects and limitations. How, for instance, do solar cells cause harm? Why can’t engineers solve wind power’s biggest obstacle? Why won’t contraception solve the problem of overpopulation lying at the heart of our concerns about energy, and what will? This practical, environmentally informed, and lucid book persuasively argues for a change of perspective. If consumption is the problem, as Ozzie Zehner suggests, then we need to shift our focus from suspect alternative energies to improving social and political fundamentals: walkable communities, improved consumption, enlightened governance, and, most notably, women’s rights. The dozens of first steps he offers are surprisingly straightforward. For instance, he introduces a simple sticker that promises a greater impact than all of the nation’s solar cells. He uncovers why carbon taxes won’t solve our energy challenges (and presents two taxes that could). Finally, he explores how future environmentalists will focus on similarly fresh alternatives that are affordable, clean, and can actually improve our well-being. Watch a book trailer.
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Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon Constrained World

Author: John Barry

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199695393

Category: Political Science

Page: 328

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At the level of developing a progressive and critical theoretical understanding of unsustainability, it argues for the importance of integrating vulnerability, which has been largely neglected by both mainstream western political theory and analyses of the current global ecological crisis. It suggests that valuable insights into the causes of and alternatives to unsustainability can be found in a critical embracing of human vulnerability and dependency as both constitutive and ineliminable aspects of what it means to be human. Rather than seeing invulnerability as the appropriate response, the book defends resilience, and the ability to 'cope with' rather than 'solve' vulnerability, as more productive.
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Strategy to Save the Planet

Author: Derrick Jensen,Aric McBay,Lierre Keith

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609801423

Category: Political Science

Page: 388

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For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, "Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?" No one ever says yes. Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can't fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful. It provides an exploration of organizational structures, recruitment, security, and target selection for both aboveground and underground action. Deep Green Resistance also discusses a culture of resistance and the crucial support role that it can play. Deep Green Resistance is a plan of action for anyone determined to fight for this planet—and win.
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A Critique of an Ideology

Author: T. Klikauer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137334274

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 362

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Most people know what management is but often people have vague ideas about Manageralism. This book introduces Manageralism and its ideology as a colonising project that has infiltrated nearly every eventuality of human society.
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A Primer

Author: Eamonn Butler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780255366779

Category: Economics

Page: 131

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Systems of Domination

Author: Steven Best

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739136984

Category: Political Science

Page: 315

View: 2931

The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination, is a groundbreaking collection of essays by leading scholars from wide scholarly and activist backgrounds who examine the entangled array of contemporary industrial complexes—what the editors refer to as "the power complex"—that was first analyzed by C. Wright Mills in his 1956 classic work,The Power Elite.
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Author: Jenna Allard,Carl Davidson

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0615194893

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 427

View: 1995

The emergence of the global grassroots economic structural reform movement known as the Solidarity Economy. This book contain the core papers, discussion and debates on the topic at the U.S. Social Forum of 10,000 people in Atlanta in the summer of 2007.
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Building Genuine Wealth

Author: Mark Anielski

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550923412

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Practical solutions for building economies of well-being based on Genuine Wealth.
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Author: Thomas Princen,Michael Maniates,Ken Conca

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262661287

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 382

View: 6564

Essays that offer ecological, social, and political perspectives on the problem of overconsumption.
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Working with Depth, Hospitality and Solidarity

Author: Peter Westoby,Gerard Dowling

Publisher: Millipede Books

ISBN: 9780975765838

Category: Political Science

Page: 227

View: 8769

Community development has been increasingly influenced and co-opted by a modernist, soulless, rational philosophy, which has reduced it to a shallow technique for 'solving community problems' and threatens the very legitimacy of community development as an instrument of society's renewal and fulfilment. Dialogical Community Development is a courageous, ground-breaking attempt to re-draw the parameters and re-map the ground of community development practice. By re-imagining community as dialogue and hospitality, the authors create an alternative vision of community development practice: a deep, soulful exercise that demands a re-examination of personal values, and a respect for and solidarity with the groups within the community. In a series of conversations on transformative community processes, challenges for practitioners, and practical care for the multiple dimensions of community life, the authors set out the details of this vision. Highly recommended for students, scholars, policy makers, activists, and anyone who is interested in bringing more life and collaborative movement into their ways of engaging with community.
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Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change

Author: Clive Hamilton

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 1849710813

Category: Nature

Page: 286

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To some, the term encompasses innovation, change and commitment to the future and to others it means preservation, conservativism and a watchful eye on the future.City Fightsfollows on from the symposium "Energy and Urban Strategies", which bro
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Critical Issues, Inspiring Solutions, Resources for Action

Author: Sustainable World Coalition,Sara Stroud,Sabiha Basrai,Paul Hawken,Vinit Allen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780983830436

Category:

Page: 180

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As we come to understand the urgency of our multiple global crises, we become motivated to get involved, to make use of our collective wisdom and our capacity to work for solutions in community. The Sourcebook is designed to support readers in finding pathways for effective individual and group action. It cuts through the glut of information, providing a clear, concise overview of the most important issues and aspects of sustainability that everyone needs to know. And it's packed with successful models, inspiring examples and actionable solutions.
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Principles and Practices

Author: Peter Newman,Isabella Jennings

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597267472

Category: Architecture

Page: 296

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Modern city dwellers are largely detached from the environmental effects of their daily lives. The sources of the water they drink, the food they eat, and the energy they consume are all but invisible, often coming from other continents, and their waste ends up in places beyond their city boundaries. Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems shows how cities and their residents can begin to reintegrate into their bioregional environment, and how cities themselves can be planned with nature’s organizing principles in mind. Taking cues from living systems for sustainability strategies, Newman and Jennings reassess urban design by exploring flows of energy, materials, and information, along with the interactions between human and non-human parts of the system. Drawing on examples from all corners of the world, the authors explore natural patterns and processes that cities can emulate in order to move toward sustainability. Some cities have adopted simple strategies such as harvesting rainwater, greening roofs, and producing renewable energy. Others have created biodiversity parks for endangered species, community gardens that support a connection to their foodshed, and pedestrian-friendly spaces that encourage walking and cycling. A powerful model for urban redevelopment, Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems describes aspects of urban ecosystems from the visioning process to achieving economic security to fostering a sense of place.
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Challenges and Choices for Humankind

Author: Robert Cliquet,Dragana Avramov

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319730908

Category: Philosophy

Page: 538

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The book aims to revitalise the interdisciplinary debate about evolutionary ethics and substantiate the idea that evolution science can provide a rational and robust framework for understanding morality. It also traces pathways for knowledge-based choices to be made about directions for future long-term biological evolution and cultural development in view of adaptation to the expected, probable and possible future and the ecological sustainability of our planetary environment The authors discuss ethical challenges associated with the major biosocial sources of human variation: individual variation, inter-personal variation, inter-group variation, and inter-generational variation. This book approaches the long-term challenges of the human species in a holistic way. Researchers will find an extensive discussion of the key theoretical scientific aspects of the relationship between evolution and morality. Policy makers will find information that can help them better understand from where we are coming and inspire them to make choices and take actions in a longer-term perspective. The general public will find food for thoughts.
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The True Story of the End of the World Trade Organization

Author: Andy Bichlbaum,Mike Bonanno,Bob Spunkmeyer

Publisher: Disinformation Company

ISBN: 9780972952996

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 191

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The story begins with Andy and Mike setting up a website that looks just like that of the World Trade Organization. Some visitors don?t notice the site is a fake, and send e-mail invitations meant for the real WTO. Mike and Andy play along with the ruse and soon find themselves attending important functions as WTO -representatives. Delighted to speak as the organization they oppose, Andy and Mike don thrift-store suits and set out to shock their unwitting audiences with darkly comic satires on global free trade. Weirdly, the experts don?t notice the joke and seem to agree with every terrible idea the two can come up with. Exhausted by their failed attempts to shock, Mike and Andy change their strategy completely, and take a whole new approach for one final lecture.
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International Perspectives

Author: Peter Westoby,Gerard Dowling

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136272844

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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This book proposes that community development has been increasingly influenced and co-opted by a modernist, soulless, rational philosophy - reducing it to a shallow technique for ‘solving community problems’. In contrast, this dialogical approach re-maps the ground of community development practice within a frame of ideas such as dialogue, hospitality and depth. For the first time community development practitioners are provided with an accessible understanding of dialogue and its relevance to their practice, exploring the contributions of internationally significant thinkers such as P. Freire, M. Buber, D. Bohm and H.G Gadamer, J. Derrida, G. Esteva and R. Sennett. What makes the book distinctive is that: first, it identifies a dialogical tradition of community development and considers how such a tradition shapes practice within contemporary contexts and concerns – economic, social, political, cultural and ecological. Second, the book contrasts such an approach with technical and instrumental approaches to development that fail to take complex systems seriously. Third, the approach links theory to practice through a combination of storytelling and theory-reflection – ensuring that readers are drawn into a practice-theory that they feel increasingly confident has been 'tried and tested' in the world over the past 25 years.
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A Conceptual Approach

Author: Lambert, David,Morgan, John

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335239862

Category: Education

Page: 194

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This book examines geography's key concepts, and provides teachers with a theoretically robust and practical approach to curriculum planning using a concept-led approach.
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Author: Sanjeev Rastogi

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461496284

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 176

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Ayurveda is widely considered to be one of the oldest health care traditions still in practice today. Originating in India over 3,000 years ago, it is now increasingly recognized and practiced globally including in many European countries and the United States. Food and nutrition play a crucial role in the health care wisdom of Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic Science of Food and Nutrition discusses the various principles of healthy eating as prescribed by Ayurveda. Divided into three sections, it addresses the fundamentals, the clinical applications, and the future challenges of Ayurveda. Specifically, the book discusses issues such as the concept of diet, the use of food as medicine, especially to treat diabetes and cancer, convalescent food practices, and fasting therapy. The Ayurvedic Science of Food and Nutrition is unique in that it is one of the only books to investigate the scientific rationale behind Ayurveda, enabling this health care tradition to potentially be incorporated into a Western clinical practice model when this latter conventional therapy is found to be ineffective.
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