The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

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The world has changed in the seventeen years since the controversial initial publication of Paul Hawken's Ecology of Commerce, a stirring treatise about the perceived antagonism between ecology and business. Yet Hawken's impassioned argument-that business both causes the most egregious abuses of the environment and, crucially, holds the most potential for solving our sustainability problems-is more relevant and resonant than ever.

Containing updated and revised material for a new audience, The Ecology of Commerce presents a compelling vision of the restorative (rather than destructive) economy we must create, centered on eight imperatives:

  • Reduce energy carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030 and total natural resource usage 80 percent by 2050.
  • Provide secure, stable, and meaningful employment to people everywhere.
  • Be self-organizing rather than regulated or morally mandated.
  • Honor market principles.
  • Restore habitats, ecosystems, and societies to their optimum.
  • Rely on current income.
  • Be fun and engaging, and strive for an aesthetic outcome.
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ISBN: 9780061252792

Published Date: May 1, 2007

Publisher: Collins

Language: English

Page Count: 224

Size: 8.09" l x 5.26" w x 0.70" h