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Main Title State of the world, 2010 : transforming cultures : from consumerism to sustainability : a Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society /
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Assadourian, Erik,
Starke, Linda,
Mastny, Lisa,
Publisher W.W. Norton & Company,
Year Published 2010
OCLC Number 317919753
ISBN 9780393337266; 039333726X; 9781849710541; 1849710546
Subjects Sustainable development ; Conservation of natural resources ; Economic development--Environmental aspects ; Consumption (Economics) ; HĂȘallbar utveckling ; Konsumtion
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EIAM  HC59.15.S734 2010 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 06/29/2010
EJAM  HC59.S734 2010 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 10/06/2017 DISPERSAL
ELBM  HC59.S734 2010 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 11/02/2020
Edition First edition.
Collation xxvii, 244 pages : illustrations, charts ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical reference (pages 191-230) and index.
Contents Notes
This year's volume of State of the World considers how "cultures of consumption" can be transformed into "cultures of sustainability." Many ideas take inspiration from diverse traditions: religions can be called upon to embrace their own deepest values and renounce materialism, practices honoring elders as transmitters of ancient wisdom can be spread beyond regions where they still thrive (Africa, India, etc.); thousand-year-old Asian farming methods can be revived. Ideas for restructuring education include replacing the "Three Rs" with the "Seven Rs" ("reduce, reuse, recycle, respect, reflect, repair, and responsibility") and emphasizing "environmental education" in higher learning. The largest-scale changes include shifting societal goals from "maximizing growth of the market economy to maximizing sustainable human well being," ensuring that the burden of reduced production falls on the wealthiest, not the poorest. "Like a tsunami, consumerism has engulfed human cultures and Earth's ecosystems. Left unaddressed, we risk global disaster. But if we channel this wave, intentionally transforming our cultures to center sustainability, we will not only prevent catastrophe but may usher in an era of sustainability--one that allows all people tho thrive while protecting, even restoring, Earth. In this year's State of the World report, 50+ renowned researchers and practitioners describe how we can harness the world's leading institutions--education, the media, business, government, traditions, and social movements--to reorient cultures toward sustainability."--Provided by publisher.