Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

Synopsis

In EcoMind, Frances Moore Lappe-a giant of the environmental movement-confronts accepted wisdom of environmentalism. Drawing on the latest research from anthropology to neuroscience and her own field experience, she argues that the biggest challenge to human survival isn't our fossil fuel dependency, melting glaciers, or other calamities. Rather, it's our faulty way of thinking about these environmental crises that robs us of power. Lappe dismantles seven common "thought traps"-from limits to growth to the failings of democracy- that belie what we now know about nature, including our own, and offers contrasting "thought leaps" that reveal our hidden power. Like her Diet for a Small Planet classic, EcoMind is challenging, controversial and empowering.

Excerpt

Endless growth is destroying our beautiful planet,
so we must shift to no-growth economies
.

EVER SINCE THE PNENOIVIENAL BUZZ SURROUNDING THE PUBLICATION of the book Limits to Growth written by a team of young MIT scientists almost four decades ago, this message has seemed like a no-brainer to many. Today, the dean of no-growth is indisputably former World Bank economist Professor Herman Daly—a true pioneer in green economics.

To create sustainable societies, Daly declares, we must leave behind the “growth economy” in which success is defined as ever-increasing production. Striking the same note, Worldwatch Institute’s Erik Assadourian warns that a no-growth economy is “essential” if “the wealthy countries… are to rein in carbon emissions.” The economies these luminaries envision, no longer disrupting nature’s cycles, are where we must quickly head. But stopping “growth”? Hmm.

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