9780393337266

State of the World 2010

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393337266

  • ISBN10:

    039333726X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2010
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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The premier environmental nonprofit shows the ways to transform our consumer culture into a culture centered on sustainability.

For society to thrive long into the future, we must move beyond our unsustainable consumer culture to one that respects environmental realities. In State of the World 2010, the Worldwatch Instituteís award-winning research team reveals not only how human societies can make this shift but also how people around the world have already started to nurture a new culture of sustainability.

Chapters present innovative solutions to global environmental problems, focusing on institutions that are the principal engineers of culture, such as governments, the media, and religious organizations. Written in clear, concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World presents a view of our changing world that we, and our leaders, cannot afford to ignore.

Like a tsunami, consumerism has engulfed human cultures and Earth's ecosystems. Left unaddressed, we risk global disaster. But if we channel this wave, intentionally transforming our cultures to center on sustainability, we will not only prevent catastrophe but may usher in an era of sustainability-one that allows all people to thrive while protecting, even restoring, Earth.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
State of the World: A Year in Reviewp. xxi
The Rise and Fall of Consumer Culturesp. 3
Traditions Old and Newp. 21
Engaging Religions to Shape Worldviewsp. 23
Ritual and Taboo as Ecological Guardiansp. 30
Environmentally Sustainable Childbearingp. 36
Elders: A Cultural Resource for Promoting Sustainable Developmentp. 41
From Agriculture to Permaculturep. 47
Education's New Assignment: Sustainabilityp. 55
Early Childhood Education to Transform Cultures for Sustainabilityp. 57
Commercialism in Children's Livesp. 62
Rethinking School Food: The Power of the Public Platep. 69
What Is Higher Education for Now?p. 75
Business and Economy: Management Prioritiesp. 83
Adapting Institutions for Life in a Full Worldp. 85
Sustainable Work Schedules for Allp. 91
Changing Business Cultures from Withinp. 96
Social Entrepreneurs: Innovating Toward Sustainabilityp. 103
Relocalizing Businessp. 110
Government's Role in Designp. 117
Editing Out Unsustainable Behaviorp. 119
Broadening the Understanding of Securityp. 127
Building the Cities of the Futurep. 133
Reinventing Health Care: From Panacea to Hygeiap. 138
Earth Jurisprudence: From Colonization to Participationp. 143
Media: Broadcasting Sustainabilityp. 149
From Selling Soap to Selling Sustainability: Social Marketingp. 151
Media Literacy, Citizenship, and Sustainabilityp. 157
Music: Using Education and Entertainment to Motivate Changep. 164
The Power of Social Movementsp. 171
Reducing Work Time as a Path to Sustainabilityp. 173
Inspiring People to See That Less Is Morep. 178
Ecovillages and the Transformation of Valuesp. 185
Notesp. 191
Indexp. 231
Boxes
Do High Consumption Levels Improve Human Well-being?p. 9
The Essential Role of Cultural Pioneersp. 19
A Global Ecological Ethicp. 28
Deepening Perceptions of Timep. 34
Dietary Norms That Heal People and the Planetp. 49
Sustainability and the Human-Nature Relationshipp. 58
Toy Librariesp. 66
Transformation of the California Academy of Sciencesp. 68
Unresolved Questions in Environmental Educationp. 77
Maximizing the Value of Professional Schoolsp. 78
A New Focus for Scientists: How Cultures Changep. 81
The Folly of Infinite Growth on a Finite Planetp. 87
Upgrading the Corporate Charterp. 102
Cradle to Cradle: Adapting Production to Nature's Modelp. 106
A Carbon Index for the Financial Marketp. 108
The U.N. Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Productionp. 120
Making Social Welfare Programs Sustainablep. 141
Principles of Earth Jurisprudencep. 144
The Evolving Role of Environmental Journalism in Indiap. 162
Lights, Camera, Ecological Consciousnessp. 165
Art for Earth's Sakep. 166
Growing a Degrowth Movementp. 181
The Slow Food Movementp. 182
Tables
Sustainable World Population at Different Consumption Levelsp. 6
How Industries Have Shifted Cultural Normsp. 14
Media Access by Global Income Group, 2006p. 15
Reference Works on Religion and Naturep. 24
Selected Religious Perspectives on Consumptionp. 26
Economic Precepts of Selected Religious and Spiritual Traditionsp. 29
Childhood Marketing Efforts from Around the Worldp. 64
Examples and Features of Choice Editingp. 122
Health Care Performance, Selected Countries, 2006p. 139
Selected Successful Product and Social Marketing Campaignsp. 153
Efforts to Promote Media Literacy, Selected Countriesp. 160
Figures
Humanity's Ecological Footprint, 1961-2005p. 5
Aspirations of First-Year College Students in the United States, 1971-2008p. 10
U.S. Gross Domestic Product versus Genuine Progress Indicator, 1950-2004p. 88
Annual Hours of Work in Selected Countries, 2007p. 92
Culture Change Modelp. 98
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Like a tsunami, consumerism has engulfed human cultures and Earth's ecosystems. Left unaddressed, we risk global disaster. But if we channel this wave, intentionally transforming our cultures to center on sustainability, we will not only prevent catastrophe but may usher in an era of sustainability-one that allows all people to thrive while protecting, even restoring, Earth. The authors observe that too many (virtually everyone in a position of power) still favors "growth" as the solution to economic pains, rather than sensibility for sustainability. Overall, however, the textbook is an outstanding piece of work and a reassuring message of hope for the future of humanity. This should be required reading for everyone. This book is cheap, useful and offers new information that was very useful for everyone.
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