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In EcoMind, Frances Moore Lappe--a giant of the environmental movement--confronts accepted wisdom of environmentalism. Drawing on the latest research from anthropology to neuroscience and her own field experience, she argues that the biggest challenge to human survival isn't our fossil fuel dependency, melting glaciers, or other calamities. Rather, it's our faulty way of thinking about these environmental crises that robs us of power. Lappe dismantles seven common "thought traps"--from limits to growth to the failings of democracy-- that belie what we now know about nature, including our own, and offers contrasting "thought leaps" that reveal our hidden power. Like her Diet for a Small Planetclassic, EcoMindis challenging, controversial and empowering.
Table of Contents
|Why I wrote this book||p. xi|
|Our Challenge Developing an EcoMind||p. 1|
|Can we remake our mental map?||p. 3|
|We're living an aberration||p. 4|
|We already know how||p. 4|
|It's not all locked up||p. 8|
|And a lot of people care||p. 9|
|So why are we moving backward?||p. 10|
|The power of ideas||p. 10|
|The Gipper and Gekko||p. 11|
|The trap||p. 13|
|The seven thought traps||p. 14|
|A liberating jolt||p. 17|
|No-Growth Is the Answer!||p. 19|
|But why the built-in waste and destruction?||p. 22|
|Privately held government||p. 24|
|Refocusing on what matters||p. 29|
|Beyond growth versus no-growth||p. 30|
|Measuring our progress with an eco-mind||p. 38|
|A clarification||p. 41|
|"Consumer Society" Is the Problem||p. 43|
|Born to buy?||p. 45|
|Materialism misdiagnosed?||p. 46|
|Inside "market demand"||p. 48|
|What is luxury?||p. 50|
|Out of the cafeteria line into the kitchen||p. 52|
|Waste before we buy. . . why?||p. 55|
|The "glory of the human"?||p. 57|
|We've Hit the Limits of a Finite Earth||p. 61|
|The limits of limits thinking||p. 62|
|Beyond limits to alignment||p. 63|
|Righting the balance||p. 68|
|"We stopped the desert"||p. 71|
|From ancient farmers, a soil secret||p. 73|
|Hunger as teacher of the eco-mind||p. 74|
|Flourishing as, or even because, we cut greenhouse gas emissions||p. 77|
|Have fossil fuels freed or enslaved us?||p. 80|
|And how else has oil enslaved?||p. 81|
|Distributing social power as we generate new and clean energy||p. 83|
|A different pathway, a different message||p. 85|
|We Must Overcome Human Nature to Save the Planet||p. 89|
|Six human traits we can count on||p. 91|
|Imagination and creativity||p. 100|
|If we're so great||p. 101|
|Speaking to our nature||p. 106|
|To Save Our Planet, We Have to Override Humanity's Natural Resistance to Rules||p. 111|
|Cues from nature||p. 113|
|Rule-making power: who, how, why||p. 14|
|Market mythology, market meltdown||p. 117|
|Only change is constant||p. 118|
|Good-bye to the fiction that corporations are persons||p. 121|
|Wildfires of common sense||p. 122|
|Rules that work||p. 124|
|Commons care||p. 126|
|Real freedom||p. 131|
|Humans Have Lost the Connection to Nature||p. 133|
|Soft-wired connection: The proof is in||p. 135|
|Humans meet nature, even in city centers||p. 136|
|Retrieving lives through the land||p. 140|
|"Teach them to long for the endless immensity"||p. 141|
|It's Too Late!||p. 145|
|The most worrisome deficit||p. 147|
|Why democracy now||p. 149|
|What works. . . what doesn't||p. 151|
|An ecology of democracy||p. 153|
|Who pays the piper||p. 156|
|If Deb can do it||p. 159|
|What accountable government can do||p. 159|
|Democracy, live it or lose it||p. 161|
|New ways of tapping the wisdom of crowds||p. 162|
|Democracy and dignity||p. 169|
|An Invitation--Thinking Like an Ecosystem||p. 173|
|The work of hope||p. 173|
|Our culture's food crisis through a relational lens||p. 174|
|Reconnecting, but this time with intention||p. 178|
|It's the context, stupid!||p. 180|
|Ready for surprises||p. 183|
|Upping our courage quotient||p. 186|
|Rethinking power||p. 191|
|Cultivating the EcoMind: Moving into Action||p. 195|
|Thought leaps for the eco-mind||p. 196|
|Lexicon for the eco-mind||p. 198|
|Upping our civil courage: The power of putting our eco-minds into action||p. 199|
|Making our own connections||p. 200|
|Connecting with organizations and campaigns that are . . .||p. 201|
|Engaging citizens in the work of planet healing||p. 201|
|Working to involve citizens and remove the power of private wealth in our democracy||p. 205|
|Engaging citizens in reclaiming our democracy||p. 206|
|Some favorite reading: Books, magazines, and websites for the eco-mind||p. 208|
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