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Radical Simplicity : Small Footprints on a Finite Earth - Jim Merkel

Radical Simplicity

Small Footprints on a Finite Earth

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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.
Combining lyrical narrative, compassionate advocacy, and absorbing science, "Radical Simplicity" is a practical, personal answer to twenty-first century challenges that will appeal as much to Cultural Creatives and students as to spiritual seekers, policy makers, and sustainability professionals.

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.

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xvii
Journey to simplicityp. 1
Building the Case for Global Livingp. 2
Inside Ourselvesp. 6
Outside Ourselvesp. 6
We Have No Other Choicep. 9
A Culture of Global Livingp. 11
Materialp. 12
Non-materialp. 13
Three Sacred Cowsp. 13
Lovable Limitsp. 16
Sustainability in Actionp. 17
Learning from the Chumashp. 20
The Muir Trailp. 22
Learning from Keralap. 26
Theoriesp. 33
Experiencesp. 35
Practical Lessonsp. 36
The Kanip. 39
Leaving Keralap. 41
The Global Living Projectp. 44
The Findingsp. 45
Three Toolsp. 51
Sharing the Earthp. 52
Living Equitablyp. 54
Inter-species Equityp. 54
Inter-human Equityp. 58
Inter-generational Equityp. 62
Getting Startedp. 66
The Sustainability Sweatshopp. 67
Simple Goal Settingp. 67
Tough, Sweaty Goal Settingp. 68
Cool-down and Visualizationp. 71
Three Toolsp. 72
Ecological Footprintingp. 72
Your Money Or Your Lifep. 72
Learning From Naturep. 72
Whole Systemsp. 73
The First Tool--Ecological Footprintingp. 75
Footprinting Sciencep. 76
What's In a Footprint?p. 77
Calculating Footprintsp. 81
How Big is My Footprint?p. 83
How Big is My Paycheck?p. 83
Quick Footprint Quizp. 86
The Footprinting Calculatorp. 94
Footprinting Languagep. 95
Using the Calculatorp. 96
Fine-tuning the Calculatorp. 98
Making Comparisonsp. 98
Footprintingp. 110
What You'll Needp. 110
A Few Questionsp. 111
Flowsp. 112
Taking Stockp. 113
Determining Your Footprintp. 122
The Second Tool--Your Money or Your Lifep. 123
The Nine Steps of YMOYLp. 124
The Family of Fulfillment Curvesp. 124
Four Qualities and Six Realities of "Enoughness"p. 125
Why is this Tool so Timely?p. 127
The Making of a Movementp. 128
Success Storiesp. 130
Ways to Use This Toolp. 131
Financial Independencep. 131
Periodic Financial Independencep. 131
Flexible Workp. 132
A Job You Truly Believe In?p. 132
Restorative Employmentp. 132
The First Five Stepsp. 132
Making Peace with the Pastp. 133
Being in the Presentp. 134
Where is it All Going?p. 134
Three Questions that will Transform Your Lifep. 135
Making Life Energy Visiblep. 136
The Third Tool--Learning From Naturep. 138
Courting the Wildp. 138
Fear of Naturep. 139
Being in Naturep. 140
Secret Spotp. 140
Walking Meditationp. 141
Owl Walkp. 141
Vision Questp. 141
Doing in Naturep. 142
Day Walksp. 142
Trackingp. 142
Overnightsp. 142
Human-powered Activityp. 143
Harvesting Wild Foods and Medicinesp. 143
Harvesting Fuel and Fiberp. 143
Harvesting Fertilityp. 144
Vegetable Gardeningp. 144
Studying Naturep. 144
Watershedsp. 144
Identification and Behaviorp. 145
Ecologyp. 145
Biomimicryp. 146
At Home in Naturep. 146
Integrationp. 149
Applying the Toolsp. 150
Getting Strategicp. 151
Big-ticket Itemsp. 151
Low-hanging Fruitp. 152
The Triple Bottom Line Testp. 154
Improving Energy Efficiencyp. 156
Efficiency's Cautionp. 158
Guiding Principlesp. 158
Good Old-fashioned Principlesp. 158
Permaculture Principlesp. 159
Spiritual Principlesp. 162
The Wiseacre Challengep. 164
Who Lives on One Wiseacre?p. 166
Experiencing Povertyp. 167
Wiseacre Scenariosp. 168
Wiseacre Foodp. 169
Wiseacre Housingp. 173
Wiseacre Transportationp. 176
Wiseacre Goods and Servicesp. 178
Wiseacre Stocksp. 179
Wiseacre Wastesp. 180
The One-hundred-year Planp. 182
Freely Choosing to Have Fewer Childrenp. 184
The One-hundred-year Planp. 185
Who Is Having Small Familiesp. 186
Making it Personal--The Optionsp. 188
Simplified Population Modelp. 189
One-child Familiesp. 189
Two-child Familiesp. 189
Three-child Familiesp. 190
Family Size Versus Wild Spacep. 190
Sustainability and Family Sizep. 191
Toward a Sustainable Futurep. 193
Endnotesp. 197
Footprint Factorsp. 203
Footprinting Worksheetsp. 211
YMOYL Worksheetsp. 223
Wiseacre Worksheetsp. 234
Indexp. 241
About the Authorp. 249
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ISBN: 9780865714731
ISBN-10: 0865714738
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st September 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.44  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.41