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ISBN: 9781856230568
Year Added to Catalog: 2014
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: Black and White
Dimensions: 7.5
Number of Pages: 256
Book Publisher: Permanent Publications
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Web Product ID: 784

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Gaian Economics

Living Well within Planetary Limits

by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Ross Jackson, Jonathan Dawson

An exploration through a range of authors’ writings on how we can reduce our consumption to enable natural systems to regenerate while allowing a high quality of life.

Gaian Economics is the second volume in the Four Keys to Sustainable Communities series and sets out to explore how we can develop healthy and abundant societies in harmony with our finite planetary resources.

Using contributions from a wealth of authors (including Small Is Beautiful’s E. F. Schumacher, eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, and Rob Hopkins of the Transition movement), the editors address ways of reducing our consumption to levels that enable natural systems to self-regenerate and to do so in ways that permit a high quality of life—that we live within our means and that we live well.

Since the advent of the Scientific Revolution in the sixteenth century, humans have stood apart from the rest of nature, seeking to manipulate it for their benefit. Thus, we have learned to refer to the natural world as “the environment” and to see it, in economic terms, as little more than a bank of resources to be transformed into products for human use and pleasure. This has brought us to the brink of collapse, with natural systems straining under the weight of the population and the levels at which we are consuming.

We are, however, on the threshold of a shift into a new way of seeing and understanding the world and our place within it—called, by some, the “Ecological Age.” It will be characterized by a new understanding of our place as a thread in the web of life, of our interconnectedness with all other living things. Gaian Economics offers ways forward toward this Ecological Age, giving suggestions for how it may take shape, and how it would work.

The Four Keys represent the four dimensions of sustainable design—the Worldview, the Social, the Ecological, and the Economic. The series was completed in 2012 and is now available in the U.S. for the first time. This series is endorsed by UNESCO and is an official contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The other books of the series are Beyond You and Me, Designing Ecological Habitats, and The Song of the Earth.


About the Authors

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-Hodge is a leading analyst of the impact of the global economy on cultures around the world. She is founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), cofounder of the International Forum on Globalization, and a recipient of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award. She is director of the Ladakh Project, renowned for its twenty-five years of groundbreaking work in sustainable development on the Tibetan plateau, an experience that led her to write the inspirational classic Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh. ...

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Ross Jackson

Ross Jackson, an expert in international finance and operations research, has long been an innovative leader in both the business and NGO worlds. He is chairman of Gaia Trust, a Danish-based foundation that supports the Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education, as well as hundreds of sustainability projects in forty countries.

He is also director and owner of Urtekram, Scandinavia's largest wholesale organic-food company, and former chairman of Gaiacorp, foreign-exchange consultants and hedge fund managers.
Jackson is the coeditor of When No Means Yes: Danish Visions of a Different Europe and Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits and author ...

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Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan Dawson is a sustainability educator, currently working as Head of Economics at Schumacher College in Devon. Until recently a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage and a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, he has around 20 years experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia.

Jonathan is the principal author of the Gaia Education sustainable economy curriculum , drawn from best practice within ecovillages worldwide, that has been endorsed by UNITAR and adopted by UNESCO as a valuable contribution to the UN ...

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