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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
|State of the World: A Year in Review||p. xxi|
|The Rise and Fall of Consumer Cultures||p. 3|
|Traditions Old and New||p. 21|
|Engaging Religions to Shape Worldviews||p. 23|
|Ritual and Taboo as Ecological Guardians||p. 30|
|Environmentally Sustainable Childbearing||p. 36|
|Elders: A Cultural Resource for Promoting Sustainable Development||p. 41|
|From Agriculture to Permaculture||p. 47|
|Education's New Assignment: Sustainability||p. 55|
|Early Childhood Education to Transform Cultures for Sustainability||p. 57|
|Commercialism in Children's Lives||p. 62|
|Rethinking School Food: The Power of the Public Plate||p. 69|
|What Is Higher Education for Now?||p. 75|
|Business and Economy: Management Priorities||p. 83|
|Adapting Institutions for Life in a Full World||p. 85|
|Sustainable Work Schedules for All||p. 91|
|Changing Business Cultures from Within||p. 96|
|Social Entrepreneurs: Innovating Toward Sustainability||p. 103|
|Relocalizing Business||p. 110|
|Government's Role in Design||p. 117|
|Editing Out Unsustainable Behavior||p. 119|
|Broadening the Understanding of Security||p. 127|
|Building the Cities of the Future||p. 133|
|Reinventing Health Care: From Panacea to Hygeia||p. 138|
|Earth Jurisprudence: From Colonization to Participation||p. 143|
|Media: Broadcasting Sustainability||p. 149|
|From Selling Soap to Selling Sustainability: Social Marketing||p. 151|
|Media Literacy, Citizenship, and Sustainability||p. 157|
|Music: Using Education and Entertainment to Motivate Change||p. 164|
|The Power of Social Movements||p. 171|
|Reducing Work Time as a Path to Sustainability||p. 173|
|Inspiring People to See That Less Is More||p. 178|
|Ecovillages and the Transformation of Values||p. 185|
|Do High Consumption Levels Improve Human Well-being?||p. 9|
|The Essential Role of Cultural Pioneers||p. 19|
|A Global Ecological Ethic||p. 28|
|Deepening Perceptions of Time||p. 34|
|Dietary Norms That Heal People and the Planet||p. 49|
|Sustainability and the Human-Nature Relationship||p. 58|
|Toy Libraries||p. 66|
|Transformation of the California Academy of Sciences||p. 68|
|Unresolved Questions in Environmental Education||p. 77|
|Maximizing the Value of Professional Schools||p. 78|
|A New Focus for Scientists: How Cultures Change||p. 81|
|The Folly of Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet||p. 87|
|Upgrading the Corporate Charter||p. 102|
|Cradle to Cradle: Adapting Production to Nature's Model||p. 106|
|A Carbon Index for the Financial Market||p. 108|
|The U.N. Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production||p. 120|
|Making Social Welfare Programs Sustainable||p. 141|
|Principles of Earth Jurisprudence||p. 144|
|The Evolving Role of Environmental Journalism in India||p. 162|
|Lights, Camera, Ecological Consciousness||p. 165|
|Art for Earth's Sake||p. 166|
|Growing a Degrowth Movement||p. 181|
|The Slow Food Movement||p. 182|
|Sustainable World Population at Different Consumption Levels||p. 6|
|How Industries Have Shifted Cultural Norms||p. 14|
|Media Access by Global Income Group, 2006||p. 15|
|Reference Works on Religion and Nature||p. 24|
|Selected Religious Perspectives on Consumption||p. 26|
|Economic Precepts of Selected Religious and Spiritual Traditions||p. 29|
|Childhood Marketing Efforts from Around the World||p. 64|
|Examples and Features of Choice Editing||p. 122|
|Health Care Performance, Selected Countries, 2006||p. 139|
|Selected Successful Product and Social Marketing Campaigns||p. 153|
|Efforts to Promote Media Literacy, Selected Countries||p. 160|
|Humanity's Ecological Footprint, 1961-2005||p. 5|
|Aspirations of First-Year College Students in the United States, 1971-2008||p. 10|
|U.S. Gross Domestic Product versus Genuine Progress Indicator, 1950-2004||p. 88|
|Annual Hours of Work in Selected Countries, 2007||p. 92|
|Culture Change Model||p. 98|
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