Downshifting Made Easy: How to plan for your planet-friendly future

Downshifting Made Easy: How to plan for your planet-friendly future

by Marian Van Eyk McCain

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Downshifting Made Easy: How to plan for your planet-friendly future by Marian Van Eyk McCain

What does it mean to “downshift”? Why is it now imperative that millions of people begin moving towards a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle? If you, too, are to join this worldwide effort to create a different sort of world, when should you start? How should you set about it? Might you need to move house in order to live more sustainably, and if so, to where? And to whom can you turn for advice and guidance? This easy-to-read guidebook, by an author who undertook a similar journey, aims to answer all these questions and more. It will reassure you that while the downshifting process is not without its challenges, the rewards, in terms of life satisfaction, enjoyment and sense of fulfilment, can be huge. There are many books full of practical ideas for green living. But this one goes to the heart of the matter by looking at who you are, what your needs are and how to create your custom-made plan for a lifestyle perfectly adapted to the coming “Age of Sustainability”.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846948862
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 06/16/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 82
File size: 332 KB

About the Author

Marian Van Eyk McCain is a retired psychotherapist. The author of six books, she is a freelance writer, blogger, columnist, book reviewer and co-editor of GreenSpirit Journal.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The 'what?' questions

What do we mean by 'downshifting'? 7

What are your feelings about downshifting? 10

What are the 'deeper' aspects of downshifting? 14

Chapter 2 The 'why?' questions

Why does anyone need to downshift? 17

Why downshifting will probably make you happier 20

Why is downshifting spiritual as well as practical? 23

Chapter 3 The 'when?' questions

When should you take the first step? 27

…but when is the right time for you? 28

Chapter 4 The 'how?' questions

How do you actually go about it? 31

How do you overcome your doubts and fears? 36

How does this mesh with your beliefs or religion? 41

Chapter 5 The 'where?' questions

Do you need to move house? 45

Where do you feel most at home? 47

Where do you get your inspiration and guidance? 50

Chapter 6 The 'who?' questions

Who is downshifting and who needs to? 55

Who are we and what is our role on the planet? 56

Chapter 7 All the nitty-gritty bits 61

Notes 69

Other Resources 71

About the Author 72

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