Radical Simplicity Small Footprints on a Finite Earth

ISBN-10: 0865714738
ISBN-13: 9780865714731
Edition: 2003
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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 neighbors 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. It employs three tools to help readers begin their customized journey to simplicity: It builds on steps from Your Money or Your Life so readers can design their own personal economics to save money, get free of debt, and align their work with their values. It uses refined tools from Our Ecological Footprint so readers can measure how much nature is needed to supply all they consume and absorb their waste. Combining lyrical narrative, compassionate advocacy, and absorbing science, Radical Simplicity is a practical, personal answer to twenty-first century challenges that will appeal as much to Cultural Creatives and students as to spiritual seekers, policy makers, and sustainability professionals. 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 to further this work and conducts workshops around North America on this topic.

Jim Merkel reported for the South Side Journal from 2001 to 2009 before writing Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side. Since then, he's written Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans and The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch. A true-blue South Side hoosier, he's lived for twenty-two years with his wife, Lorraine, in the South Side's Bevo Mill neighborhood.

Vicki Robin is a renowned innovator, writer, and speaker. In addition to coauthoring the bestselling Your Money or Your Life , Robin has been at the forefront of the sustainable living movement. She has received awards from Co-Op America and Sustainable Northwest and was profiled in Utne Magazine 's book Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life . She lives on Whidbey Island in Washington.

Foreword
Introduction
Journey to simplicity
Building the Case for Global Living
Inside Ourselves
Outside Ourselves
We Have No Other Choice
A Culture of Global Living
Material
Non-material
Three Sacred Cows
Lovable Limits
Sustainability in Action
Learning from the Chumash
The Muir Trail
Learning from Kerala
Theories
Experiences
Practical Lessons
The Kani
Leaving Kerala
The Global Living Project
The Findings
Three Tools
Sharing the Earth
Living Equitably
Inter-species Equity
Inter-human Equity
Inter-generational Equity
Getting Started
The Sustainability Sweatshop
Simple Goal Setting
Tough, Sweaty Goal Setting
Cool-down and Visualization
Three Tools
Ecological Footprinting
Your Money Or Your Life
Learning From Nature
Whole Systems
The First Tool--Ecological Footprinting
Footprinting Science
What's In a Footprint?
Calculating Footprints
How Big is My Footprint?
How Big is My Paycheck?
Quick Footprint Quiz
The Footprinting Calculator
Footprinting Language
Using the Calculator
Fine-tuning the Calculator
Making Comparisons
Footprinting
What You'll Need
A Few Questions
Flows
Taking Stock
Determining Your Footprint
The Second Tool--Your Money or Your Life
The Nine Steps of YMOYL
The Family of Fulfillment Curves
Four Qualities and Six Realities of "Enoughness"
Why is this Tool so Timely?
The Making of a Movement
Success Stories
Ways to Use This Tool
Financial Independence
Periodic Financial Independence
Flexible Work
A Job You Truly Believe In?
Restorative Employment
The First Five Steps
Making Peace with the Past
Being in the Present
Where is it All Going?
Three Questions that will Transform Your Life
Making Life Energy Visible
The Third Tool--Learning From Nature
Courting the Wild
Fear of Nature
Being in Nature
Secret Spot
Walking Meditation
Owl Walk
Vision Quest
Doing in Nature
Day Walks
Tracking
Overnights
Human-powered Activity
Harvesting Wild Foods and Medicines
Harvesting Fuel and Fiber
Harvesting Fertility
Vegetable Gardening
Studying Nature
Watersheds
Identification and Behavior
Ecology
Biomimicry
At Home in Nature
Integration
Applying the Tools
Getting Strategic
Big-ticket Items
Low-hanging Fruit
The Triple Bottom Line Test
Improving Energy Efficiency
Efficiency's Caution
Guiding Principles
Good Old-fashioned Principles
Permaculture Principles
Spiritual Principles
The Wiseacre Challenge
Who Lives on One Wiseacre?
Experiencing Poverty
Wiseacre Scenarios
Wiseacre Food
Wiseacre Housing
Wiseacre Transportation
Wiseacre Goods and Services
Wiseacre Stocks
Wiseacre Wastes
The One-hundred-year Plan
Freely Choosing to Have Fewer Children
The One-hundred-year Plan
Who Is Having Small Families
Making it Personal--The Options
Simplified Population Model
One-child Families
Two-child Families
Three-child Families
Family Size Versus Wild Space
Sustainability and Family Size
Toward a Sustainable Future
Endnotes
Footprint Factors
Footprinting Worksheets
YMOYL Worksheets
Wiseacre Worksheets
Index
About the Author

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