EcoMind : Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-09-13
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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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 bookp. xi
Our Challenge Developing an EcoMindp. 1
Can we remake our mental map?p. 3
We're living an aberrationp. 4
We already know howp. 4
It's not all locked upp. 8
And a lot of people carep. 9
So why are we moving backward?p. 10
The power of ideasp. 10
The Gipper and Gekkop. 11
The trapp. 13
The seven thought trapsp. 14
A liberating joltp. 17
No-Growth Is the Answer!p. 19
But why the built-in waste and destruction?p. 22
Privately held governmentp. 24
Refocusing on what mattersp. 29
Beyond growth versus no-growthp. 30
Measuring our progress with an eco-mindp. 38
A clarificationp. 41
"Consumer Society" Is the Problemp. 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 kitchenp. 52
Waste before we buy. . . why?p. 55
The "glory of the human"?p. 57
We've Hit the Limits of a Finite Earthp. 61
The limits of limits thinkingp. 62
Beyond limits to alignmentp. 63
Righting the balancep. 68
"We stopped the desert"p. 71
From ancient farmers, a soil secretp. 73
Hunger as teacher of the eco-mindp. 74
Flourishing as, or even because, we cut greenhouse gas emissionsp. 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 energyp. 83
A different pathway, a different messagep. 85
We Must Overcome Human Nature to Save the Planetp. 89
Six human traits we can count onp. 91
Cooperationp. 92
Empathyp. 93
Fairnessp. 95
Efficacyp. 96
Meaningp. 99
Imagination and creativityp. 100
If we're so greatp. 101
Speaking to our naturep. 106
To Save Our Planet, We Have to Override Humanity's Natural Resistance to Rulesp. 111
Cues from naturep. 113
Rule-making power: who, how, whyp. 14
Market mythology, market meltdownp. 117
Only change is constantp. 118
Possibilityp. 119
Good-bye to the fiction that corporations are personsp. 121
Wildfires of common sensep. 122
Rules that workp. 124
Commons carep. 126
Real freedomp. 131
Humans Have Lost the Connection to Naturep. 133
Soft-wired connection: The proof is inp. 135
Humans meet nature, even in city centersp. 136
Retrieving lives through the landp. 140
"Teach them to long for the endless immensity"p. 141
It's Too Late!p. 145
The most worrisome deficitp. 147
Why democracy nowp. 149
What works. . . what doesn'tp. 151
An ecology of democracyp. 153
Who pays the piperp. 156
If Deb can do itp. 159
What accountable government can dop. 159
Democracy, live it or lose itp. 161
New ways of tapping the wisdom of crowdsp. 162
Democracy and dignityp. 169
An Invitation--Thinking Like an Ecosystemp. 173
The work of hopep. 173
Our culture's food crisis through a relational lensp. 174
Reconnecting, but this time with intentionp. 178
It's the context, stupid!p. 180
Ready for surprisesp. 183
Upping our courage quotientp. 186
Rethinking powerp. 191
Cultivating the EcoMind: Moving into Actionp. 195
Thought leaps for the eco-mindp. 196
Lexicon for the eco-mindp. 198
Upping our civil courage: The power of putting our eco-minds into actionp. 199
Making our own connectionsp. 200
Connecting with organizations and campaigns that are . . .p. 201
Engaging citizens in the work of planet healingp. 201
Working to involve citizens and remove the power of private wealth in our democracyp. 205
Engaging citizens in reclaiming our democracyp. 206
Some favorite reading: Books, magazines, and websites for the eco-mindp. 208
Acknowledgmentsp. 211
Notesp. 215
Indexp. 271
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