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Ecological Living

1st Edition

By John Gusdorf

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298 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book emphasises how we already have the technologies available, including renewable energy and the ability to recycle most materials, to make ecological living possible and that perceived barriers to energy transitions can be overcome.

Human life relies upon two systems: the biosphere and the system that produces our goods and services. Today, these two systems are in conflict, and we all face the question of whether we can stop damaging our environment while still supplying the essential goods and services we have come to depend on. Ecological Living presents an optimistic vision of our future by showing how decoupling the productive system from resource extraction is possible, and how this is a key means of achieving an equitable world within environmental limits. For long term sustainability, the book argues that we must become more efficient in the use of our resources so that resource extraction, and the accompanying environmental costs, can be reduced.

Demonstrating the essential steps towards a just and sustainable world, Ecological Living will be of great interest to all students, academics, and policymakers working in the field of environment and sustainability.

Reviews

"A careful and independent rethinking of limits to growth in the broader context of ecological living, based solidly on first principles, and empirically supported by recent data and critical analysis of technological, economic, and political options. Highly recommended!." -- Herman Daly, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, USA

"In Ecological Living, John Gusdorf joins the most thoughtful green capitalists in writing a text that argues for and challenges contemporary capitalism to reconcile with our earthly biosphere to chart a pathway to global sustainability and overcome the looming threat posed by declining strategic reserves of key natural resources and the spectre of eco-catastrophe from global warming. Against doomsayers of every political stripe, he crafts a positive and hopeful vision of a possible sustainable future within our collective grasp, if we only embrace it." -- Ernest J. Yanarella, Professor of Political Science, University of Kentucky, USA

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. Ecological Living

2. Ecological Living, the Steady State and Sustainability

3. Ecological Living and Material Decoupling

4. Is Decoupling Possible?

5. Ecological Living and Material Resources

6. Renewable Energy

7. Agriculture

8. Recycling

9. What if we Fail to Achieve Ecological Living?

10. What would Ecological Living be like?

Index

About the Author

John Gusdorf is an independent consultant and was a research specialist at Natural Resources Canada. He previously was a lecturer at the University of Veracruz in Xalapa and a founding member of Renewable Taos.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS070040
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Energy Industries
BUS070150
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Natural Resource Extraction
BUS072000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUS099000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology
NAT038000
NATURE / Natural Resources
POL024000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCI024000
SCIENCE / Energy
SCI092000
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change