Sustainable Planet

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Can we find ways of living that are sustainable and deeply satisfying, that ensure economic and political democracy, and are passionate about beauty, elegant design, and the wildness of nature? The contributors to Sustainable Planet say we can, and offer 16 remarkable visions of how to get from here to there, including:
* Specific proposals from citizen and labor coalitions that articulate a positive alternative to the free-trade model of ...
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Overview

Can we find ways of living that are sustainable and deeply satisfying, that ensure economic and political democracy, and are passionate about beauty, elegant design, and the wildness of nature? The contributors to Sustainable Planet say we can, and offer 16 remarkable visions of how to get from here to there, including:
* Specific proposals from citizen and labor coalitions that articulate a positive alternative to the free-trade model of globalization
* The emergence of local food systems that allow us to eat fresher, better tasting food while protecting family farms and conserving the environment
* New thinking about industrial design and engineering that is leading to production systems which generate no waste
* How we might create a fashion industry that weds aesthetic pleasure with social justice
* Five economic policy recommendations that could move us toward a sustainable economy
* What you can do to create a real sense of community where you live
* A road map for building the political will to change the system before it's too late.

This anthology grew out of the work of the Center for a New American Dream (CNAD), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Americans change the way they consume to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice.

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The mission of the Center for a New American Dream (CNAD) is to "help people consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life and promote social justice." Schor, author of The Overworked American and a member of CNAD's advisory board, and CNAD executive director Taylor present 16 essays that contain case studies, illustrations, and examples in support of that mission. The diverse essayists, some better known than others, include a congresswoman (Nydia M. Vel zquez, D-NY), a CEO (Jeffrey Hollender, Seventh Generation), an economist (John Cavanagh), and an author (Bill McKibben). But all have an abiding interest in the concept of sustainability, and practical action suggestions abound. Several of the articles will raise the awareness of those who are not fully alert to the impact of their consumer choices and how interwoven with environmental and social quality the purchase of a piece of clothing or an overly equipped car really is. This is a positive, informative, hopeful, and concrete anthology. Highly recommended for most environmental collections, public and academic, though those who might benefit the most may be those least likely to read it.-Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807004555
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 844,660
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Juliet Schor is author of the best-selling The Overworked American and Do Americans Shop Too Much?, and serves on the board of CNAD. Betsy Taylor is founder and president of CNAD and author of the forthcoming What Kids Really Want That Money Can't Buy.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
The Extravagant Gesture: Nature, Design, and the Transformation of Human Industry 13
In Search of Justice 33
Cleaning the Closet: Toward a New Fashion Ethic 45
Changing the Nature of Commerce 61
What's Money Got to Do with It? 79
Be a Local Hero: Strengthening Our Communities, Health, and Environment by Eating Local 93
Sprawl: The Automobile and Affording the American Dream 109
In Praise of Hometowns 129
Toward Property as Share: Ownership, Community, and the Environment 141
Another World Is Possible: New Rules for the Global Economy 155
Timeshifting 175
Hope in Numbers 193
Five Policy Recommendations for a Sustainable Economy 209
Another Way of Being Human 223
How Do We Get from Here to There? 233
Notes 253
Contributors 263
Resources 267
Center for a New American Dream 271
Acknowledgments 273
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