Synopses & Reviews
Can we find ways of living that are sustainable and deeply satisfying, that ensure economic and political democracy, and are passionate about beauty, elegant design, and the wildness of nature? The contributors to Sustainable Planet
say we can, and offer 16 remarkable visions of how to get from here to there, including:
* Specific proposals from citizen and labor coalitions that articulate a positive alternative to the free-trade model of globalization
* The emergence of local food systems that allow us to eat fresher, better tasting food while protecting family farms and conserving the environment
* New thinking about industrial design and engineering that is leading to production systems which generate no waste
* How we might create a fashion industry that weds aesthetic pleasure with social justice
* Five economic policy recommendations that could move us toward a sustainable economy
* What you can do to create a real sense of community where you live
* A road map for building the political will to change the system before it's too late.
This anthology grew out of the work of the Center for a New American Dream (CNAD), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Americans change the way they consume to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice.
Americans work longer, with less vacation time, than the citizens of any other industrialized nation. And they consume more: recent scientific estimates indicate that at least four additional planets would be needed to support the earth's population if each of the planet's 6 billion inhabitants consumed at the level of the average American. It's a lifestyle that's hard on both people and the environment.
In Sustainable Planet, some of the best known writers on sustainable livingJuliet Schor, Bill McKibben, Mary Pipher, Herman Daly, Vicki Robin, and William McDonoughwrite about how we might change the way we live. Looking at issues as diverse as consumerism, overwork, lack of spirituality, loss of community, alienation from nature, and unsustainable development, the authors dissect the problems plaguing our society and offer practical advice about how to change the way we live.
This anthology comes out of the work of the Center for a New American Dream, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Americans change the way they consume to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice.
About the Author
Juliet Schor is author of the best-selling The Overworked American and Do Americans Shop Too Much? (Beacon / 0443-X / $12.00 pb) and is on the advisory board of the Center for a New American Dream (CNAD). She is aprofessor of economics at Harvard University. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts. Betsy Taylor is executive director of CNAD and author of the forthcoming What Kids Want That Money Can't Buy. She lives in Maryland.
Table of Contents
The extravagant gesture: nature, design, and the transformation of human industry / William McDonough and Michael Braungart -- In search of justice / Nydia M. Velâazquez -- Cleaning the closet: toward a new fashion ethic / Juliet B. Schor -- Changing the nature of commerce / Jeffrey Hollender -- What's money got to do with it? / Vicki Robin -- Be a local hero: strengthening our communities, health, and environment by eating local / Mark Ritchie -- Sprawl: the automobile and affording the American dream / Hank Dittmar -- In praise of hometowns / Mary Pipher -- Toward property as share: ownership, community, and the environment / Prasannan Parthasarathi -- Another world is possible: new rules for the global economy / Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh -- Timeshifting / Stephan Rechtschaffen -- Hope in numbers / Robert Engelman -- Five policy recommendations for a sustainable economy / Herman E. Daly -- Another way of being human / Peter Forbes -- How do we get from here to there? / Betsy Taylor.