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Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth [NOOK Book]

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Imagine you are first in line at a potluck buffet. The spread includes not just food and water, but all the materials needed for shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education. How do you know how much to take? How much is enough to leave for your neighbors behind you—not just the six billion people, but the wildlife, and the as-yet-unborn?

In the face of looming ecological disaster, many people feel the need to change their own lifestyles as a tangible way of transforming our ...

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Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth

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Overview


Imagine you are first in line at a potluck buffet. The spread includes not just food and water, but all the materials needed for shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education. How do you know how much to take? How much is enough to leave for your neighbors behind you—not just the six billion people, but the wildlife, and the as-yet-unborn?

In the face of looming ecological disaster, many people feel the need to change their own lifestyles as a tangible way of transforming our unsustainable culture. Radical Simplicity is the first book that guides the reader to a personal sustainability goal, then offers a process to monitor progress to a lifestyle that is equitable amongst all people, species, and generations. It employs three tools to help readers begin their customized journey to simplicity:

>It builds on steps from Your Money or Your Life so readers can design their own personal economics to save money, get free of debt, and align their work with their values.
It uses refined tools from Our Ecological Footprint so readers can measure how much nature is needed to supply all they consume and absorb their waste.
Combining lyrical narrative, compassionate advocacy, and absorbing science, Radical Simplicity is a practical, personal answer to twenty-first century challenges that will appeal as much to Cultural Creatives and students as to spiritual seekers, policy makers, and sustainability professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550923360
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 842,920
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Jim Merkel quit his job as a military engineer following the Exxon Valdez disaster and has since worked to develop tools for personal and societal sustainability. He founded the Global Living Project to further this work and conducts workshops around North America on this topic.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1 Building the Case for Global Living 2
Ch. 2 A Culture of Global Living 11
Ch. 3 Sustainability in Action 17
Ch. 4 Sharing the Earth 52
Ch. 5 Getting Started 66
Ch. 6 The First Tool - Ecological Footprinting 75
Ch. 7 The Second Tool - Your Money Or Your Life 123
Ch. 8 The Third Tool - Learning From Nature 138
Ch. 9 Applying the Tools 150
Ch. 10 The Wiseacre Challenge 164
Ch. 11 The One-hundred-year Plan 182
Ch. 12 Toward a Sustainable Future 193
Endnotes 197
App. A: Footprint Factors 203
App. B: Footprinting Worksheets 211
App. C: YMOYL Worksheets 223
App. D: Wiseacre Worksheets 234
Index 241
About the Author 249
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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Watch the dvd

    If you are a bean counter,you will enjoy this book.i enjoyed his dvd much better that his book.

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