9780865714731

Radical Simplicity : Small Footprints on a Finite Earth

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    9780865714731

  • ISBN10:

    0865714738

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-10-01
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist

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Summary

Imagine you are first in line at a potluck buffet. The spread includes not just food and water, but all the materials needed for shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education. How do you know how much to take? How much is enough to leave for your neighbours behind you -- not just the six billion people, but the wildlife, and the as-yet-unborn? In the face of looming ecological disaster, many people feel the need to change their own lifestyles as a tangible way of transforming our unsustainable culture. Radical Simplicity is the first book that guides the reader to a personal sustainability goal, then offers a process to monitor progress to a lifestyle that is equitable amongst all people, species, and generations. Combining lyrical narrative, compassionate advocacy and absorbing science, Radical Simplicity is a practical, personal answer to 21st century challenges that will appeal as much to Cultural Creatives and students as to spiritual seekers, policy makers and sustainability professionals.

Author Biography

Jim Merkel quit his job as a military engineer following the Exxon Valdez disaster, and has since worked to develop tools for personal and societal sustainability. He founded the Global Living Project and lives in Vermont

Table of Contents

FOREWORD BY VICKI ROBIN xi
INTRODUCTION xvii
PART I: JOURNEY TO SIMPLICITY 1(50)
CHAPTER 1: BUILDING THE CASE FOR GLOBAL LIVING
2(9)
Inside Ourselves
6(1)
Outside Ourselves
6(3)
We Have No Other Choice
9(2)
CHAPTER 2: A CULTURE OF GLOBAL LIVING
11(6)
Material
12(1)
Non-material
13(1)
Three Sacred Cows
13(3)
Lovable Limits
16(1)
CHAPTER 3: SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION
17(34)
Learning from the Chumash
20(2)
The Muir Trail
22(4)
Learning from Kerala
26(18)
Theories
33(2)
Experiences
35(1)
Practical Lessons
36(3)
The Kani
39(2)
Leaving Kerala
41(3)
The Global Living Project
44(8)
The Findings
45(6)
PART II: THREE TOOLS 51(98)
CHAPTER 4: SHARING THE EARTH
52(14)
Living Equitably
54(1)
Inter-species Equity
54(4)
Inter-human Equity
58(4)
Inter-generational Equity
62(4)
CHAPTER 5: GETTING STARTED
66(9)
The Sustainability Sweatshop
67(5)
Part One: Simple Goal Setting
67(1)
Part Two: Tough, Sweaty Goal Setting
68(3)
Part Three: Cool-down and Visualization
71(1)
Three Tools
72(1)
Ecological Footprinting
72(1)
Your Money Or Your Life
72(1)
Learning From Nature
72(1)
Whole Systems
73(2)
CHAPTER 6: THE FIRST TOOL - ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTING
75(48)
Footprinting Science
76(1)
What's In a Footprint?
77(6)
Calculating Footprints
81(2)
How Big is My Footprint?
83(3)
How Big is My Paycheck?
83(3)
Quick Footprint Quiz
86(8)
The Footprinting Calculator
94(16)
Footprinting Language
95(1)
Using the Calculator
96(2)
Fine-tuning the Calculator
98(1)
Making Comparisons
98(12)
Footprinting
110(13)
What You'll Need
110(1)
A Few Questions
111(1)
Step One: Flows
112(1)
Step Two: Taking Stock
113(9)
Step Three: Determining Your Footprint
122(1)
CHAPTER 7: THE SECOND TOOL - YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE
123(15)
The Nine Steps of YMOYL
124(1)
The Family of Fulfillment Curves
124(3)
Four Qualities and Six Realities of "Enoughness"
125(2)
Why is this Tool so Timely?
127(1)
The Making of a Movement
128(2)
Success Stories
130(1)
Ways to Use This Tool
131(1)
Financial Independence
131(1)
Periodic Financial Independence
131(1)
Flexible Work
132(1)
A Job You Truly Believe In?
132(1)
Restorative Employment
132(1)
The First Five Steps
132(6)
Step One: Making Peace with the Past
133(1)
Step Two: Being in the Present
134(1)
Step Three: Where is it All Going?
134(1)
Step Four: Three Questions that will Transform Your Life
135(1)
Step Five: Making Life Energy Visible
136(2)
CHAPTER 8: THE THIRD TOOL - LEARNING FROM NATURE
138(11)
Courting the Wild
138(2)
Fear of Nature
139(1)
Being in Nature
140(2)
Secret Spot
140(1)
Walking Meditation
141(1)
OwlWalk
141(1)
Vision Quest
141(1)
Doing in Nature
142(2)
DayWalks
142(1)
Tracking
142(1)
Overnights
142(1)
Human-powered Activity
143(1)
Harvesting Wild Foods and Medicines
143(1)
Harvesting Fuel and Fiber
143(1)
Harvesting Fertility
144(1)
Vegetable Gardening
144(1)
Studying Nature
144(2)
Watersheds
144(1)
Identification and Behavior
145(1)
Ecology
145(1)
Biomimicry
146(1)
At Home in Nature
146(3)
PART III: INTEGRATION 149(48)
CHAPTER 9: APPLYING THE TOOLS
150(14)
Getting Strategic
151(3)
Big-ticket Items
151(1)
Low-hanging Fruit
152(2)
The Triple Bottom Line Test
154(4)
Improving Energy Efficiency
156(2)
Efficiency's Caution
158(1)
Guiding Principles
158(6)
Good Old-fashioned Principles
158(1)
Permaculture Principles
159(3)
Spiritual Principles
162(2)
CHAPTER 10: THE WISEACRE CHALLENGE
164(18)
Who Lives on One Wiseacre?
166(2)
Experiencing Poverty
167(1)
Wiseacre Scenarios
168(12)
Wiseacre Food
169(4)
Wiseacre Housing
173(3)
Wiseacre Transportation
176(2)
Wiseacre Goods and Services
178(1)
Wiseacre Stocks
179(1)
Wiseacre Wastes
180(2)
CHAPTER 11: THE ONE-HUNDRED-YEAR PLAN
182(11)
Freely Choosing to Have Fewer Children
184(1)
The One-hundred-year Plan
185(1)
Who Is Having Small Families
186(2)
Making it Personal- The Options
188(1)
Simplified Population Model
189(1)
One-child Families
189(1)
Two-child Families
189(1)
Three-child Families
190(1)
Family Size Versus Wild Space
190(3)
Sustainability and Family Size
191(2)
CHAPTER TWELVE: TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
193(4)
ENDNOTES 197(6)
APPENDIX A: FOOTPRINT FACTORS 203(8)
APPENDIX B: FOOTPRINTING WORKSHEETS 211(12)
APPENDIX C: YMOYL WORKSHEETS 223(11)
APPENDIX D: WISEACRE WORKSHEETS 234(7)
INDEX 241(8)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 249

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