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Posted September 9, 2011
Extraordinarily powerful reframing of today's crises
This is not an book about our physical environment. it is about our mental environment -- the ways we think about ourselves and the rest of nature -- so many ways that we trap ourselves into powerless depression.
Here's what Booklist says about EcoMind:
In her eighteenth book, the paradigm-altering Lappe? asks why we've failed to effectively address environmental problems. Delving into neuroscience, anthropology, and history, and sharing her own extensive field experiences, she argues that perception is key. She surgically disassembles "seven thought traps," or discouraging environmentalist messages that arouse guilt, fear, and despair instead of a sense of mission.
On the positive side, she presents fascinating interpretations of "six human traits we can count on," including cooperation, empathy, fairness, creativity, and the fact that we are "doers." Brimming with useful information and analysis pertaining to developing renewable energy and eradicating waste,
Lappe?'s lucid extrapolation of the core lesson of ecology, that everything is connected, also offers galvanizing dissections of the intensifying influence of corporations on government and the derailment of democracy. Equally compelling are her insights into how accelerating wealth inequality contributes to environmental degradation as well as poverty and why struggling people support "policies that hurt them." Lappe?'s recalibrated guide to becoming ecominded affirms our "capacity to rethink our world" and provides many urgent reasons to do so.
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Posted July 17, 2012
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