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Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy

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Our current economic system--which assumes endless growth and limitless potential wealth--flies in the face of the fact that the earth's resources are finite. The result is increasing destruction of the natural world and growing, sometimes lethal, tension between rich and poor, global north and south. Trying to fix problems piecemeal is not the solution. We need a comprehe ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 12th 2009 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Economic look at environmental issues

Many books decry human greed, describe the degradation of the environment and end with a few short pages recommending reform. This isn’t that type of book. Instead, from the first page, Canadian environmentalists Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver agitate for a revolution in the way people use natural resources. They present an admirably solid case that the relationship between the Earth and the global economy must change, and soon. Whether their idealistic
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Brown’s book, co-authored by individuals with varied backgrounds in economics and public policy, delves into the idea that “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, resilience, and beauty of the commonwealth of life.” The authors propose an equation and use it to ask some basic questions about economics; what is the economy for, how does it work, is it too big, can it be supported by the “commonwealth of all life,” and what is fair?
The book also highlights four potential “globa
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Tamara Al-kasey
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
heavy-handed, repetitive and down-right silly at the end; still, Brown asks many questions that are worth thinking about. Hard to stomach if you're not already converted to living in the anti-economy.
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Mariana
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read; this important book shows the relation between climate change and economy. We need a different system of governance, new institutions, and to strengthen the UN and make it independent of the United States.
James Mclallen
Did the audio book. The narrator made it a huge chore. Their enunciation was way too stiff. Outside of that the book seems very influential. So influential that it seems out of date. Most of the thinking is fairly mainstream at this point. Great resources. Needs an updated edition or a sequel.
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