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The New Economics of Sustainable Consumption
Seeds of Change
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
11 Dec 2008
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30 Aug 2011
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Climate change is forcing us to rethink our lifestyles, but green consumerism won't save the planet. Mainstream approaches simply cannot deliver the radical changes we need for a sustainable society. This book offers a fresh look at sustainable consumption, presenting a holistic 'New Economics' approach. It explores how grassroots community actions for sustainability are experimenting with new ways of working, measuring value and progress, and expressing ecological citizenship.

 
Local organic food systems, low-impact eco-housing, and complementary currencies are examined to measure their success at delivering localized economies and inclusive communities, enabling people to reduce their ecological footprints, harnessing collective energies and building new forms of social organization. Viewing these activities as innovative 'green niches', the book explores the opportunities for grassroots innovations to spread and influence wider society, and the barriers preventing them achieving their potential.


Description

Climate change is forcing us to rethink our lifestyles, but green consumerism won't save the planet. Mainstream approaches simply cannot deliver the radical changes we need for a sustainable society. This book offers a fresh look at sustainable consumption, presenting a holistic 'New Economics' approach. It explores how grassroots community actions for sustainability are experimenting with new ways of working, measuring value and progress, and expressing ecological citizenship.

 
Local organic food systems, low-impact eco-housing, and complementary currencies are examined to measure their success at delivering localized economies and inclusive communities, enabling people to reduce their ecological footprints, harnessing collective energies and building new forms of social organization. Viewing these activities as innovative 'green niches', the book explores the opportunities for grassroots innovations to spread and influence wider society, and the barriers preventing them achieving their potential.


Reviews


'Dr Seyfang's groundbreaking book offers a fresh look at sustainable consumption, presenting a holistic new economics approach.' - Irish News
 
'provides a much needed means for thinking simultaneously about the social, technical and political dynamics of shifting systems of provision and practice, and one which offers significant lessons for future research and policy in this field' - Environmental Politics

 
'The New Economics…offers a radically different approach to sustainable consumption' - In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies

'a valuable contribution…the arguments and conclusions of the book form a congruent and comprehensive picture of what is needed to reverse the consequence of bigness, commodification and globalization'- Journal of Industrial Ecology

'This book is much needed' - Canadian Journal of Sociology

'highly recommended' - E-Journal of Solidarity, Sustainability and Nonviolence


Contents

Introduction: A Consuming Issue
Sustainable Consumption: A Mainstream Agenda
Sustainable Consumption and the New Economics
Grassroots Innovations for Sustainable Consumption
Sustainable Food: Growing Carrots and Community
Sustainable Housing: Building a Greener Future
Sustainable Currencies: Green Money from The Grassroots
Conclusions: Seedbeds for Sustainable Consumption
References


Authors

GILL SEYFANG is an Environmental Social Scientist at the University of East Anglia, UK, working on sustainable consumption. She currently holds a Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship and is developing a research programme in Low-Carbon Lifestyles. She is co-editor of 'Corporate Responsibility and Labour Rights'.