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An Ecology of Happiness

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We know that our gas-guzzling cars are warming the planet, the pesticides and fertilizers from farms are turning rivers toxic, and the earth has run out of space for the mountains of unrecycled waste our daily consumption has left in its wake. We’ve heard copious accounts of our impact—as humans, as a society—on the natural world. But this is not a one-sided relationship. ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by University Of Chicago Press (first published September 10th 2012)
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Joshua Buhs
May 29, 2013 Joshua Buhs rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. The cover with the bluebird is brilliant, and the University of Chicago usually puts out good books. But this one has an over-inflated sense of itself, no theoretical nuance, and goes over well-trodden ground.

The book starts out unevenly. The claim that we should consider ecology as the grounds of our happiness is a goo one, and if it was what was developed that would have been great. I also appreciated the discussion of the limits of materialism for creating h
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Jessica
Dec 29, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I read it for the ecology break reading group so I didn't know what to expect. I really like the main argument, and I think a lot of the supporting evidence is great too, and it helped me calm down a little bit about the world ending due to a lack of resources, but I don't know if it would convince other, non science minded people. It could also be difficult to wade through at times, but overall I enjoyed it.
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May 27, 2014 Christopher rated it really liked it
Would like to re-visit it again as I prepare for another semester teaching biology and env science and the necessary unhappiness of the biodiversity crisis and climate change. A readable academic text that provokes and inspires.
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