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Eco-economy : building an economy for the earth

Author: Lester R Brown; Earth Policy Institute.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Lester Brown argues that, like the Sumerian and Mayan civilizations, our economy is fast destroying its environmental support systems, threatening future generations. The challenge is to restructure the global economy, replacing our fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy with a new one that is environmentally sustainable. Brown outlines his vision of the new economy. It will be powered not with  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lester R Brown; Earth Policy Institute.
ISBN: 0393321932 9780393321937
OCLC Number: 48272718
Notes: "Earth Policy Institute."
Description: xviii, 333 p. : charts, 1 map ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The economy and the Earth --
2. Signs of stress : climate and water --
3. Signs of stress : the biological base --
4. The shape of the eco-economy --
5. Building the solar/hydrogen economy --
6. Designing a new materials economy --
7. Feeding everyone well --
8. Protecting forest products and services --
9. Redesigning cities for people --
10. Stabilizing population by reducing fertility --
11. Tools for restructuring the economy --
12. Accelerating the transition.
Responsibility: Lester R. Brown.
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Lester Brown argues that, like the Sumerian and Mayan civilizations, our economy is fast destroying its environmental support systems, threatening future generations. The challenge is to restructure the global economy, replacing our fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy with a new one that is environmentally sustainable. Brown outlines his vision of the new economy. It will be powered not with fossil fuels but with solar and wind energy. Its urban transport systems will be centered not around the automobile but around light rail and the bicycle. It will not be a throwaway economy but will be a reuse/recycle economy with a stable population. And building this new economy represents the greatest investment opportunity in history. There is no middle ground. Either we build an economy that is environmentally sustainable or stay with our existing economy until environmental deterioration leads to economic decline.

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