The New Economics of Sustainable Consumption: Seeds of Change

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Climate change is forcing us to rethink our lifestyles, but green consumerism won't save the planet. Mainstream approaches simply cannot deliver the radical changes we need for a sustainable society. This book, now available in paperback, offers a fresh look at sustainable consumption, presenting a holistic "New Economics" approach. It explores how grassroots community actions for sustainability are experimenting with new ways of working, measuring value and progress, and ...

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Overview

Climate change is forcing us to rethink our lifestyles, but green consumerism won't save the planet. Mainstream approaches simply cannot deliver the radical changes we need for a sustainable society. This book, now available in paperback, offers a fresh look at sustainable consumption, presenting a holistic "New Economics" approach. It explores how grassroots community actions for sustainability are experimenting with new ways of working, measuring value and progress, and expressing ecological citizenship.

Local organic food systems, low-impact eco-housing, and complementary currencies are examined to measure their success at delivering localized economies and inclusive communities, enabling people to reduce their ecological footprints, harnessing collective energies and building new forms of social organization. Viewing these activities as innovative "green niches," the book explores the opportunities for grassroots innovations to spread and influence wider society, and the barriers preventing them achieving their potential.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Dr Seyfang's groundbreaking book offers a fresh look at sustainable consumption, presenting a holistic new economicsapproach."— Irish News 

"Provides a much needed means for thinking simultaneously about the social, technical and political dynamics of shifting systems of provision and practice, and one which offers significant lessons for future research and policy in this field."— Environmental Politics 

"The New Economics…offers a radically different approach to sustainable consumption."—In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies

"A valuable contribution…the arguments and conclusions of the book form a congruent and comprehensive picture of what is needed to reverse the consequence of bigness, commodification and globalization."— Journal of Industrial Ecology

"This book is much needed." —Canadian Journal of Sociology

"Highly recommended."—E-Journal of Solidarity, Sustainability and Nonviolence 

"One of the key texts on sustainable consumption."—Lucie Middlemiss, University of Leeds, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230321755
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Series: Energy, Climate and the Environment Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

GILL SEYFANG is an Environmental Social Scientist at the University of East Anglia, UK, working on Sustainable Consumption. She currently holds a Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship and is developing a research program in Low-Carbon Lifestyles. She is co-editor of Corporate Responsibility and Labour Rights.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Consuming Issue
Sustainable Consumption: A Mainstream Agenda
Sustainable Consumption and the New Economics
Grassroots Innovations for Sustainable Consumption
Sustainable Food: Growing Carrots and Community
Sustainable Housing: Building a Greener Future
Sustainable Currencies: Green Money from The Grassroots
Conclusions: Seedbeds for Sustainable Consumption
References

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