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The bestselling author of The End of Nature issues an impassioned call to arms for an economy that creates community and ennobles our livesIn this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, he observes, “more” is no longer synonymous with “better”—indeed, for many of us, they have become almost opposites. McKibben puts forward a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases, he says, need not be at odds with the things we truly value.McKibben’s animating idea is that we need to move beyond “growth” as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs, and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment. He shows this concept blossoming around the world with striking results, from the burgeoning economies of India and China to the more mature societies of Europe and New England. For those who worry about environmental threats, he offers a route out of the worst of those problems; for those who wonder if there isn’t something more to life than buying, he provides the insight to think about one’s life as an individual and as a member of a larger community.McKibben offers a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future. As he so eloquently shows, the more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture ourown.
Bill McKibben is a founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to have warned of the dangers of global warming.
Bill McKibben's book Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future offers a thought-provoking introduction to the problems with the global growth economy and to some possible small-scale solutions.. I got this book from the library in an attempt to understand the larger context for my ethical/environmental/economic concerns; I also obtained my own copy (the paperback list ...
Bill McKibben is the author of a many books, including The End of Nature, Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, and Deep Economy.A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications.He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue ...
Deep Economy is probably the first economics book you'll read that advocates for less economic growth.
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In the second chapter of Deep Economy, McKibben tells us about the year he spent eating only locally grown food. He uses this backdrop to introduce various areas where people are making a local food economy work.