Read the full-text online edition of How Much Is Enough? The Consumer Society and the Future of Future of the Earth. By Alan Thein Durning. No cover image. Alan Durning (Author). Sign up for the monthly New Releases email. Please enter a valid email address. By signing up you agree to W. W. Norton’s privacy. Alan Durning, Worldwatch Institute Burning says that, since , humanity has consumed as many goods and services as all previous generations put.

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Who Will Feed China? Well, a couple of things have happened, but none of them durnning by the book. If we accept your thesis, that the rich fifth of the world is consuming way too much in terms of natural resources, how can we get started to limit our consumption of those resources now — today?

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Innovating to make the world a better, more sustainable place to live. The author examines the premises that form the psychological foundations of the consumer society and suggests that we would be much better iis by rebuilding our lives on a more solid set of values and ideals.

We must also reject television and advertising as our dominant cultural force. Sep 23, Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: Published August 17th by W. There won’t be much in this book that’s a surprise to anyone who is a little knowledgeable about environmental issues related to consumption.

The wildfire advance of the consumer lifestyle around the globe marks the most rapid and fundamental change in day-to-day existence the human species has ever experienced.

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How Much Is Enough?: People are consuming too much today because they have born and raised in that greedy system. Looking for beautiful books? Preview — How Much Is Enough? There is some repitition, but I have enougj some positive changes because of this book. Power Surge Christopher Flavin.


Be the change you want to sea. The consumer class of the world includes the people who travel in private automobiles and on jet airplanes, who have a plethora of electric appliances in their homes, who have a diet centered around meat and other resource-intensive animal foods, and who use things dominated by rapid durrning, disposability, quickly shifting fashions and excessive packaging.

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How Much Is Enough? : The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth

I don’t think humans are greedy by their nature. The Consumer Hw and the Future of the Earth. A quarter of a century has gone by, and what has happened? How much is enough?

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We’re consuming twice as much, and it’s not making us any happier. This was good but it didn’t scratch where it itched for me. Most of us in the US think of ourselves as middle-class, living modestly, struggling to make ends meet. Consumerism has hoodwinked us into gorging on material things because we suffer from social, psychological, and spiritual hungers.

Follow the link to see Mark’s current collection of photographs. View cart 0 Checkout Log Durnlng. We need for example over a 20 or 30 year period to rebuild our transportation system so that when you take that trip, you have the option of going ehough by train in a quick and convenient alna. Stating the obvious about hyper-consumption, nicely written. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Perhaps the single most telling piece of durrning I’ve found in the two years I was working on this project was from repeated opinion polls that had been taken in the United States since that show, despite a doubling of personal consumption per person, measured in real, inflation adjusted terms, the share of Americans who report they are very happy with their lot in life has stayed just about the same.


Goodreads curning the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. This trend has occurred at great expense to most of humanity, whose basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter go unmet. Mateo rated it it was amazing Jul 13, Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Serving the public interest by helping to build a strong, clean energy economy. One might say that consumerism is almost a religion in this society, and that for people to change their attitudes on this that we’ll need to change dutning values — is that fair to say? Alan Durning is the author of How Much is Enough? No trivia or quizzes yet. This was a fantastic read.

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Jawad rated it really liked it Jun 12, Robby Robinette rated it really liked it Jul 23, Firstly, our society has transformed at least a little away from consumerism. Busegeist rated it liked it Jan 16, In so doing, we are not any happier than our predecessors, and have poisoned the air and water, changed the climate, destroyed habitats and washed away topsoil. Description It discusses the use of resources, pollution, and the distortions created in the economies of both wealthy industrialized nations and Third World countries.

An interesting note is this book’s age: Perhaps the only interesting way to view this book is to take a retrospective viewpoint. Jessica rated it liked it Jun 04,

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