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The Constant Economy : How to Create a Stable Society.

Author: Zac Goldsmith
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Books Ltd., 2009.
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Since the industrial revolution, the economies of developed nations have grown at the expense of the natural world. But the earth's resources are finite, climate change threatens to dramatically transform how and where we live, and the global economic system is in disarray. One way or another we will have to change. The longer we delay, the more our societies will be at the mercy of events and the harsher the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Goldsmith, Zac.
Constant Economy : How to Create a Stable Society.
New York : Atlantic Books Ltd, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Zac Goldsmith
ISBN: 9781848873964 1848873964
OCLC Number: 793510973
Description: 1 online resource (282 pages)
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Is it really as bad as all that?; Finding a way forward; Leadership, not headlines; The tools for change; The ten steps; Step One Measuring What Matters; GDP: a 'grossly distorted picture'; Measurements that mean something; Step Two Power to the People; A new approach; The case against direct democracy doesn't add up; Making it work in Britain; Step Three The Precautionary Principle; Genetic roulette; Revolving doors; Arrogant science and nanotechnology; Step Four Food Quality, Food Security; The battle of ideas; Intensive agriculture and GM. We are what we eatReforming the food subsidies; Breaking the supermarket strangle-hold; An impossible international competition; Raising standards at home; A new approach; Step Five Save Our Seas; A tragedy repeated; How have we allowed this to happen?; Where now?; Protected areas; Step Six An Energy Revolution; A new model; The home energy pioneers; Planning for the revolution; A clean energy infrastructure; Paying the polluters; Why not nuclear?; Rapid change is possible; Step Seven Getting Around; Getting it wrong; Where now?; Ending the car culture; Step Eight Built to Last. 'Walkable' neighbourhoodsWhere NOT to build; Efficiency in our homes; Follow the best examples; Step Nine A Zero Waste Economy; Zero waste and magic carpets; How do we create a zero-waste society?; Step Ten Playing Our Part; Forest services; Taking the lead on forests; Conclusion; Sources and Bibliography; Additional Sources; Acknowledgements; Index.

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Since the industrial revolution, the economies of developed nations have grown at the expense of the natural world. But the earth's resources are finite, climate change threatens to dramatically transform how and where we live, and the global economic system is in disarray. One way or another we will have to change. The longer we delay, the more our societies will be at the mercy of events and the harsher the eventual adjustments. Fortunately, as this book shows, there is an alternative. Zac Goldsmith argues for the creation of what he calls a 'constant economy' - in which resources are valued.

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