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Imprint: Oneworld Publications

Subject: Economics

Deep Economy

Economics as if the World Mattered

Bill McKibben

Is more really better? Can economies continue to grow indefinitely? And will our insatiable appetite for all things with a price tag finally bring the earth to its knees?

In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy, arguing that our goal of endless economic expansion is currently destroying the planet, and with it, our humanity.

Rather then pursuing unlimited economic growth—a mindset that has brought the world to the brink of environmental disaster—we should concentrate on creating localized economies, and rethink the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. McKibben uses a variety of examples to show this concept blossoming around the world with striking results. Offering a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future, he eloquently demonstrates that the more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture our own.

  • Publication date: July 1, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781851685769
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Pages: 272
  • Publication date: September 28, 2007
  • ISBN: 9781851685967
  • RRP: £16.99
  • Pages: 272

Reviews

"What make McKibben's book stand out is the completeness of his arguments and his real-world approach to solutions."
USA Today
"What make McKibben's book stand out is the completeness of his arguments and his real-world approach to solutions."
USA Today
“An eloquent presentation of the case for revising ideas of wellbeing in the direction of sustainability, away from the crude measures of commercial transactions … an engaging, easily read book which saves until the end a message with stupefying political consequences.”
Public, Guardian
“An eloquent presentation of the case for revising ideas of wellbeing in the direction of sustainability, away from the crude measures of commercial transactions … an engaging, easily read book which saves until the end a message with stupefying political consequences.”
Public, Guardian
"Masterfully crafted, deeply thoughtful and mind-expanding. . . . An incisive critique of the unintended consequences of our . . . growth-oriented economy."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Injected with enthusiasm and a passion for changing ‘the way things are done’, this book explores eating locally produced food and reinvesting in flagging communities and holds lessons for everyone."
The Environmentalist (IEMA)
"You'll find a lot of books about economics on the shelves, and plenty about how to be greener - but this combines the two."
Scotsman
"You'll find a lot of books about economics on the shelves, and plenty about how to be greener - but this combines the two."
Scotsman

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