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Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth Paperback – September 1, 2003
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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.
- And by advocating time alone in wild nature, it opens readers to another reality with humanity as one species among many on a complex and inter-related planet.
Combining lyrical narrative, compassionate advocacy and absorbing science, Radical Simplicity is a practical, personal answer to 21st century challenges that will appeal as much to Cultural Creatives and students as to spiritual seekers, policy makers and sustainability professionals.
About the Author
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.
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Even if you don't read the whole book, or adopt all its author practices, it is worthwhile to read at least some of it and give some thoughts to the issues presented.
If video is easier for you, look for the Radically Simple movie on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video.
that were so mind boggling i couldnt put the book down.
The book itself is also a self help book, because it gives you the opportunity to decrease your footprint and gives
detailed calculations on how to achieve an accurate number for your footprint. If you are not interested in taking the time to do all the calculations in the book, (as i wasnt), it is still a fascinating book to read and gave me
new ideas on how to live a more thoughtful life.
If only more of us could inspire others to live like this. I would recommend this book be read by everyone. In fact, it should be REQUIRED reading in High School, or Middle School. Well laid out and a great read.