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State of the world 2010 : transforming cultures: from consumerism to sustainability

Author: Linda Starke; Lisa Mastny; Worldwatch Institute.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2010.
Series: State of the World
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Publishers Weekly: In this year's volume, the D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute think-tank considers, in several dozen pieces, 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, while establishing new holidays, rituals and taboos incorporating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Starke; Lisa Mastny; Worldwatch Institute.
ISBN: 9780393337266 039333726X
OCLC Number: 762168449
Description: xxvii, 244 pages : illustrations, charts ; 24 cm.
Contents: The rise and fall of consumer cultures / Erik Assadourian --
Engaging religions to shape worldviews / Gary Gardner --
Ritual and taboo as ecological guardians / Gary Gardner --
Environmentally sustainable childbearing / Robert Engelman --
Elders : a cultural resource for promoting sustainable development / Judi Aubel --
From agriculture to permaculture / Albert Bates and Toby Hemenway --
Early childhood education to transform cultures for sustainability / Ingrid Pramling Samuelson and Yoshie Kaga --
Commercialism in children's lives / Susan Linn --
Rethinking school food: the power of the public plate / Kevin Morgan and Roberta Sonnino --
What is higher education for now? / David W. Orr --
Adapting institutions for life in a full world / Robert Constanza, Joshua Farley, and Ida Kubiszewski --
Sustainable work schedules for all / Juliet Schor --
Changing business cultures from within / Ray Anderson, Mona Amodeo, and Jim Hartzfeld --
Social entrepreneurs: innovating toward sustainability / Johanna Mair and Kate Ganly --
Relocalizing business / Michael H. Schuman --
Editing out unsustainable behavior / Michael Maniates --
Broadening the understanding of security / Michael Renner --
Building cities of the future / Peter Newman --
Reinventing health care: from panacea to hygeia / Walter Bortz --
Earth jurisprudence: from colonization to participation / Cormac Cullinan --
From selling soap to selling sustainability: social marketing / Jonah Sachs and Susan Finkelpearl --
Media Literacy, citizenship, and sustainability / Robin Andersen and Pamela Miller --
Music: using education and entertainment to motivate change / Amy Han --
Reducing work time as a path to sustainability / John de Graaf --
Inspiring people to see that less is more / Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska --
Ecovillages and the transformation of values / Jonathan Dawson.
Series Title: State of the World
Other Titles: Transforming cultures
Responsibility: Linda Starke and Lisa Mastny, editors.

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Publishers Weekly: In this year's volume, the D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute think-tank considers, in several dozen pieces, 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, while establishing new holidays, rituals and taboos incorporating strategies for sustainability (Earth Day, "Green funerals," new days of fasting, etc.); 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; and building sustainable cities like Vauban, a 5,000-household German community that uses 100 percent renewable energy. Though many solutions in this visionary volume require a pie-in-the-sky "whole Earth community" legal system prioritizing "the right to life" over "the right to conduct business," it should give leaders and laypeople much to consider. Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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