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Main Title The great disruption : why the climate crisis will bring on the end of shopping and the birth of a new world /
Author Gilding, Paul,
Publisher Bloomsbury Press,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 639161294
ISBN 9781608192236 (alk. paper); 1608192237 (alk. paper)
Subjects Social ecology. ; Economic development--Environmental aspects. ; Economic development--Social aspects. ; Social change. ; Climatic changes--Economic aspects. ; Global environmental change--Economic aspects. ; Global warming--Economic aspects.
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EOAM  HM861.G55 2011 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 01/14/2013
ERAM  HM861 .G55 2011 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 07/11/2011
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Collation 292 p. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-280) and index.
Contents Notes
An economic and social hurricane -- The scream : we are their children's children -- A very big problem -- Beyond the limits : the great disruption -- Addicted to growth -- Global foreshock : the year that growth stopped -- The road ahead : our planetary sat nav -- Are we finished? -- When the dam of denial breaks -- The one-degree war -- How an Austrian economist could save the world -- Creative destruction on steroids : out with the old, in with the new -- Shifting sands : from Middle Eastern oil to Chinese sun -- The elephant in the room : growth doesn't work -- The happiness economy -- Yes, there is life after shopping -- No, the poor will not always be with us -- Ineffective inequality -- The future is here, it's just not widely distributed yet -- Guess who's in charge? According to the author, the Great Disruption started in 2008, with spiking food and oil prices and dramatic ecological changes, such as the melting ice caps. It is not simply about fossil fuels and carbon footprints. The author claims we have come to the end of Economic Growth, Version 1.0, a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we lived beyond the means of our planet's ecosystems and resources. He sees the predicted crisis as a rare chance to replace our addiction to growth with an ethic of sustainability in which we will measure "growth" not by quantity of stuff but by quality and happiness of life.