Synopses & Reviews
After centuries of economic activity based on extraction, exploitation, and depletion, we now face undeniable environmental threats. New business models that save or restore natural resources are critical. But how can we translate that insight into more sustainable practices?
Building the Green Economy shows how community groups, families, and individual citizens have taken action to protect their food and water, clean up their neighborhoods, and strengthen their local economies. Their unlikely victories over polluters, unresponsive bureaucracies, and unexamined routines dramatize the opportunities and challenges facing the local green economy movement.
Drawing on their extensive experience at Global Exchange and elsewhere, the authors also:
- Lay out strategies for a more successful green movement
- Describe how communities have protected their victories from legal and political challenges
- Provide key resources for local activists
- Include conversations with Rocky Anderson, Lois Gibbs, Anuradha Mittal, David Morris, Michael Shuman, and other activists and leaders.
"Like politics, all sustainability is local. A sustaining world can only be measured as the sum of trillions of answers executed at the grassroots level. This book inspires us to look closely for the issues that face us all everywhere." William McDonough, co-author, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
"Building the Green Economy tells the real stories of what is both possible and necessary to restore power (metaphorically and literally) to the people, to save the nation, and save our world. It should be on every American's 'A' reading list." Thom Hartmann, Air America radio host and author of Cracking the Code: The Art and Science of Political Persuasion
This collection of essays tells the stories of 18 activists and their efforts to bring awareness to environmental causes. The book includes interviews with well-known experts, examples of successful local activism, and lists of useful resources and strategies for green supporters.
About the Author
Described by The New York Times
as the "Paul Revere of globalizationâ€™s woes," Dr. Kevin Danaher is a co-founder of Global Exchange, Executive Director of the Global Citizen Center, and Executive Co-Producer of the Green Festivals in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Chicago and Seattle. He is the author or editor of eleven books, including Ten Reasons to Abolish the IMF and World Bank
(Seven Stories Press), and (with Jason Mark) Insurrection: Citizen Challenges to Corporate Power
Shannon Biggs directs the Local Economy project at Global Exchange. As a former senior staffer at the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) she wrote for and edited IFG publications, and was a lecturer on International Relations at San Francisco State University. She holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics in economics, empire and post-colonialism.
Dubbed a "rebel with a cause" by Time magazine, Jason Mark is an author-activist who helped launch the national Freedom from Oil campaign. His writings have appeared in Orion, The Nation, Grist, Alternet, and E, among other publications. He lives in San Francisco, where he co-manages an urban organic farm (www.alemanyfarm.org) and edits the environmental quarterly Earth Island Journal.