- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977825361
- ISBN-13: 978-0977825363
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is a practical book about on-the-ground successful green businesses and neighborhood initiatives that live sustainability, not just talk it. There are also pages of Crisp interviews with practitioners and thinkers including Rocky Anderson, Mayor of Salt Lake City and Lois Gibbs, the extraordinary organizer against toxics regarding this emerging sub-economy that challenges greed, concentrated power and destruction.”
―Ralph Nader, www.nader.org, Dec 17, 2007
“Like politics, all sustainability is local. A sustaining world can only be measured as the sum of trillions of answers executed at the grassroots level. This book inspires us to look closely for the issues that face us all everywhere.”
―William McDonough, co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
“Building the Green Economy tells the real stories of what is both possible and necessary to restore power (metaphorically and literally) to the people, to save the nation, and save our world. It should be on every American’s ‘A’ reading list.”
―Thom Hartmann, Air America radio host and author of Cracking the Code: The Art and Science of Political Persuasion
“Building the Green Economy: success stories from the grassroots, by Kevin Danaher, Shannon Biggs and Jason Mark will help you see us, humanity, again. It is a manual for those of us who need to remember we are a can-do people, full of intelligence, heart, courage, and, sometimes, wit. A staff of a book, to lean on in these hard times.”
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About the Author
Described by The New York Times as the “Paul Revere of globalization’s woes,” Dr. Kevin Danaher is a cofounder of Global Exchange, Executive Director of the Global Citizen Center, and Executive Co-Producer of the Green Festivals in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Chicago and Seattle. He is the author or editor of eleven books, including Ten Reasons to Abolish the IMF and World Bank (Seven Stories Press), and (with Jason Mark) Insurrection: Citizen Challenges to Corporate Power(Routledge).
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One of the most significant issues this book addresses is the fact that corporations have become entities that enjoy all the benefits that "people" do, but have none of the burdens of accountability that people have. Corporations were originally entities formed on a temporary basis and their charters had to be reviewed and re-approved, and would get "re-approval" if what they did benefited their communities. Now corporations operate like armies without countries, able to impose their laws on cities, states and nations. Thus companies are free to poison our ground, water and air, and in some cases literally kill people, with impunity. As a result, cities, towns and so on around the nation have been amending their charters to assert their sovereignity over their own communities. The lesson there is that many efforts need to be multi-pronged - the political problem needs to be addressed before the environmental problem can be solved.
Also of note is the theme of empowerment - teaching citizens that they can effect change, and how they can do it.
There was really a lot packed into this book and I highly recommend it.