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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977825363
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Described by The New York Times as the “Paul Revere of globalization’s woes,” Dr. Kevin Danaher is a cofounder 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(Routledge).

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Section 1 Toxic Avengers

Introduction 15

Sick and Tired of Living Next to (S)hell: Residents Force an Oil Giant to Pay for Toxic Terror 17

Conversation: Lois Gibbs 31

Sludge Busters: Porter, Pennsylvania Sets New Rules for Corporations 35

Conversation: Gopal Dyaneni 47

What You Can Do: Neither Paper Nor Plastic 51

Section 2 Food and Water

Introduction 53

Green Acres in the Windy City: Urban Farming Grows Food Justice in Chicago 55

Conversation: Maude Barlow 66

Seeds of Change: Dakota Farmers Give Monsanto the Boot 70

Conversation: Anuradha Mittal 84

Loggers and Lizards Find Common Ground: Saving an Oregon Watershed 89

Green Revolution: Urban Organic Agriculture in Cuba 99

Street Beets: Urban Farmers Get Hip to Growing 106

What You Can Do: Get It Fresh From the Farm 110

Section 3 From Mean Streets to Green Streets

Introduction 111

Breaking the Chains: Parents and Locals Transform a Juvenile Prison 113

Conversation: Van Jones 128

Participatory Budgeting and Direct Democracy 132

Culture Shift in the Land of the Giants: A California County Redefines Corporate Rights 135

Conversation: Thomas Linzey, Esq. 145

Patriot Actions: Citizens Organize to Defend the Constitution 150

What You Can Do: Take Over City Hall 156

Section 4 Power to the People

Introduction 158

Give Me an "E"!: Rival Colleges Compete for Sustainability 161

Conversation: David Morris 169

Beyond Hot Air: Cities Lead the U.S. on Tackling Climate Change 173

Conversation: Ben Namikin 181

Crude Awakening: The Peak Oil Challenge 184

Sweden DeclaresIndependence from Oil 186

Harnessing the Saudi Arabia of Wind: The Rosebud Sioux Bring Renewable Energy to the Dakotas 189

What You Can Do: Plug Into the Movement 199

Section 5 The Freedom of Everyone to Be Enterprising

Introduction 200

Putting Mom and Pop First: Utah Promotes Local Business and Town Character 203

Conversation: Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson 216

Green Grapes: Fetzer Winery Cultivates a Triple Bottom Line 222

No Boss: Worker-Owned Co-ops Redefine "Office Politics" 229

Conversation: Omar Freilla 236

"Your Business Plan Is Complete Garbage": The TerraCycle Story 240

Conversation: Michael Shuman 242

What You Can Do: Buy Close By 246

Conclusion: Building the Movement 248

Resources 259

Index 270

Acknowledgments 278

Notes 279

About the Authors 282

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