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1st Edition

Ecological Living

ISBN 9780367001865
Published March 19, 2019 by Routledge
296 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book emphasizes 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.

Table of Contents

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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?


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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.


"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