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In EcoMind, Frances Moore Lappe — a giant of the environmental movement—confronts accepted wisdom of environmentalism. Drawing on the latest research from anthropology to neuroscience and her own field experience, she argues that the biggest challenge to human survival isnt our fossil fuel dependency, melting glaciers, or other calamities. Rather, its our faulty way of thinking about these environmental crises that robs us of power. Lappé dismantles seven common “thought traps”—from limits to growth to the failings of democracy— that belie what we now know about nature, including our own, and offers contrasting “thought leaps” that reveal our hidden power.

Like her Diet for a Small Planet classic, EcoMind is challenging, controversial and empowering.

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"In this latest from the prolific author of the seminal vegetarian manifesto, Diet for a Small Planet, Lappé, a self-described 'staunch, hard-core, dyed-in-the-wool possibilist,' proposes that what's paralyzing meaningful action on climate change, rising food prices, and other global crises is a collective mental map 'mal-aligned both with human nature and with the wider laws of nature.' She believes that we need to 'rethink the premises' underlying our present worldview and develop an 'eco-mind,' moving from ''fixing something outside ourselves to re-aligning our relationships within our ecological home.' The book explores seven 'thought traps,' challenging their 'limiting premises' with alternate transformative 'thought leaps.' Some of these leaps seem to be achieved mainly by rewording: an unappealing environmentalist posture like the need to limit growth can be transformed by calling growth 'waste' and replacing 'no-growth' with more positive ideas such as 'flourishing' and 'genuine progress.' Others, such as the proposal that Earth's resources are not limited but rather that we've reached the limits of how much humanity can disrupt the Earth, and that reusing, recycling, and retooling what's now discarded as waste can overcome the problem of an overcrowded planet, may be less convincing. Heavily larded with Web-based references, the book tends toward pep talk, drawing on myriad concepts and inventions likely familiar to the environmentalists and burnt-out activists it targets, but Lappé's effervescent enthusiasm still inspires. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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We humans have found ourselves in a dire situation, says Lapp, author of Diet for a Small Planet. Our population continues to increase, global warming and other environmental catastrophes loom in our near future, and we lack the proper mind set to correct our past mistakes. She asserts that our ways of viewing the world directly conflict with what we now know to be the truth about how our world works. According to the author this antiquated thought process is responsible for our slow-going and ineffectual response to environmental warning signs. This book, aimed at a general audience, introduces readers to an ecologically sound way of viewing the world and our relationship with it. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Frances Moore Lappe is the author of 17 books and cofounder of Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy, the Small Planet Institute, and the Small Planet Fund. She works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Chive Events, October 5, 2011 (view all comments by Chive Events)
I have yet to read the book but am buying it based on the title alone and the recommendation from Francis Moore Lappe and the Small Planet Institute. Our business, CHIVE- Sustainable Event Design & Catering, is so much about the food yet so much more than just the food. We business partners, the women of CHIVE, think naturally 'EcoMindedly' and work hard to encourage and instill the same thought process or general consciousness in our staff and share that at events. We consider our business to be leading and innovative in our business process, operations and support of other sustainable businesses, thus we think we're changing the way we think and helping to create the world that we want for ourselves, our family, our friends and our business! Cheers from CHIVE
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ISBN:
9781568586830
Author:
Lappe, Frances Moore
Publisher:
Nation Books
Author:
Moore Lappe, Frances
Author:
Lappe, Frances Moore
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
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Edition Description:
First Edition, First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this latest from the prolific author of the seminal vegetarian manifesto, Diet for a Small Planet, Lappé, a self-described 'staunch, hard-core, dyed-in-the-wool possibilist,' proposes that what's paralyzing meaningful action on climate change, rising food prices, and other global crises is a collective mental map 'mal-aligned both with human nature and with the wider laws of nature.' She believes that we need to 'rethink the premises' underlying our present worldview and develop an 'eco-mind,' moving from ''fixing something outside ourselves to re-aligning our relationships within our ecological home.' The book explores seven 'thought traps,' challenging their 'limiting premises' with alternate transformative 'thought leaps.' Some of these leaps seem to be achieved mainly by rewording: an unappealing environmentalist posture like the need to limit growth can be transformed by calling growth 'waste' and replacing 'no-growth' with more positive ideas such as 'flourishing' and 'genuine progress.' Others, such as the proposal that Earth's resources are not limited but rather that we've reached the limits of how much humanity can disrupt the Earth, and that reusing, recycling, and retooling what's now discarded as waste can overcome the problem of an overcrowded planet, may be less convincing. Heavily larded with Web-based references, the book tends toward pep talk, drawing on myriad concepts and inventions likely familiar to the environmentalists and burnt-out activists it targets, but Lappé's effervescent enthusiasm still inspires. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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