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Green Washed: Why We Can't Buy Our Way to a Green Planet

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The message that our environment is in peril has filtered from environmental groups to the American consciousness to our shopping carts. Every day, millions of Americans dutifully replace conventional produce with organic, swap Mr. Clean for Seventh Generation, and replace their bottled water with water bottles. Many of us have come to believe that the path to environmental sustainability is paved by shopping green. Although this green consumer movement certainly has many Americans consuming differently, it raises an important and rarely asked question—is this consumption really any better for the planet?

By examining the major economic sectors of our society, including infrastructure (green housing), consumer goods (green clothing), food (the rise of organic), and energy (including solar power and the popularity of the hybrid car), Green Washed: Why We Can't Buy Our Way to a Green Planet explains that, though greener alternatives are important, we cannot simply buy our way to sustainability. Rather, if it is the volume of our consumption that matters, can we as a society dependent on constantly consuming ever be content with buying less?

A new and unique take on green consumption, Green Washed shows how buying better is only the first step toward true sustainability.

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"If only we could buy our way (or recycle our way!) out of our environmental troubles. But as this slim and powerful book makes clear, what we need even more than clean cars are clean politics and economics that let us make sensible structural choices." Bill McKibben, author Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

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By examining "green" products and industries, Green Washed shows why we cannot shop our way to sustainability.

About the Author

Kendra Pierre-Louis is the Sustainable Development Editor for Justmeans.com. She holds a Masters in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. She has created outreach material for the United Nations Environment Programmes Convention on Biological Diversity and worked as a researcher for Terrapin Bright Green, an environmental consulting and strategic planning firm.

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9781935439431
Author:
Pierre-Louis, Kendra
Publisher:
Ig Publishing
Author:
Pierre-Louis, Kendra
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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