ECO-Economy: Building a New Economy for the Environmental Age

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In 1543, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus challenged the view that the Sun revolved around the Earth, arguing instead that the Earth revolved around the Sun. His paper led to a revolution in thinking -- to a new worldview.

Eco-Economy discusses the need today for a similar shift in our worldview. The issue now is whether the environment is part of the economy or the economy is part of the environment. Lester R. Brown argues the latter, pointing out that treating the ...

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Overview

In 1543, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus challenged the view that the Sun revolved around the Earth, arguing instead that the Earth revolved around the Sun. His paper led to a revolution in thinking -- to a new worldview.

Eco-Economy discusses the need today for a similar shift in our worldview. The issue now is whether the environment is part of the economy or the economy is part of the environment. Lester R. Brown argues the latter, pointing out that treating the environment as part of the economy has produced an economy that is destroying its natural support systems.

Brown notes that if China were to have a car in every garage, American style, it would need 80 million barrels of oil a day -- more than the world currently produces. If paper consumption per person in China were to reach the U.S. level, China would need more paper than the world produces. There go the world's forests. If the fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economic model will not work for China, it will not work for the other 3 billion people in the developing world -- and it will not work for the rest of the world.

But Brown is optimistic as he describes how to restructure the global economy to make it compatible with the Earth's ecosystem so that economic progress can continue. In the new economy, wind farms replace coal mines, hydrogen-powered fuel cells replace internal combustion engines, and cities are designed for people, not cars. Glimpses of the new economy can be seen in the wind farms of Denmark, the solar rooftops of Japan, the bicycle network of the Netherlands, and the reforested mountains of South Korea.

Eco-Economy is a road map of how to get from here to there.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393051094
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword xv
1. The Economy and the Earth 3
Economy Self-Destructing 7
Lessons from the Past 14
Learning from China 17
The Acceleration of History 19
The Option: Restructure or Decline 21
I. A Stressed Relationship
2. Signs of Stress: Climate and Water 27
Temperature Rising 28
The Ice Is Melting 30
Sea Level Rising 34
More Destructive Storms 37
Rivers Drained Dry 39
Falling Water Tables 43
Facing Water Scarcity 46
3. Signs of Stress: The Biological Base 49
Fisheries Collapsing 51
Forests Shrinking 55
Rangelands Deteriorating 58
Soils Eroding 62
Species Disappearing 68
Synergies and Surprises 72
II. The New Economy
4. The Shape of the Eco-Economy 77
Ecology Over Economics 78
A Monumental Undertaking 81
Restructuring the Economy 83
New Industries, New Jobs 85
History's Greatest Investment Opportunity 92
5. Building the Solar/Hydrogen Economy 97
The Energy Efficiency Base 99
Harnessing the Wind 102
Turning Sunlight into Electricity 107
Tapping the Earth's Heat 110
Natural Gas: The Transition Fuel 112
Getting to the Hydrogen Economy 114
6. Designing a New Materials Economy 121
Throwaway Products 123
Materials and the Environment 126
The Earth's Toxic Burden 131
The Role of Recycling 135
Redesigning the Materials Economy 138
7. Feeding Everyone Well 145
A Status Report 147
Raising Cropland Productivity 150
Raising Water Productivity 154
Restructuring the Protein Economy 158
Eradicating Hunger: A Broad Strategy 163
8. Protecting Forest Products and Services 169
Fuel, Lumber, and Paper 170
Forest Services 172
Sustainable Forestry 176
Lightening the Load 178
The Role of Plantations 181
Reclaiming the Earth 183
9. Redesigning Cities for People 187
An Urbanizing Species 188
Car-Centered Urban Sprawl 191
Urbanization and Obesity 195
Urban Rail and Bicycle Systems 199
Planning Cities for People 202
III. Getting From Here to There
10. Stabilizing Population by Reducing Fertility 211
Breaking Out or Breaking Down 213
Africa Breaking Down 217
Filling the Family Planning Gap 220
The Role of Female Education 225
Using Soap Operas and Sitcoms 227
Stopping at Two 228
11. Tools for Restructuring the Economy 233
The Fiscal Steering Wheel 234
Tax Shifting 236
Subsidy Shifting 240
Ecolabeling: Voting with Our Wallets 244
Tradable Permits 248
Support for Fiscal Restructuring 249
12. Accelerating the Transition 253
United Nations Leadership 255
New Responsibility of Governments 257
New Role for the Media 259
The Corporate Interest 261
NGOs and Individuals 265
Crossing the Threshold 269
Is There Enough Time? 274
Notes 277
Index 323
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