State of the World 2010

State of the World 2010 : Transforming Cultures from Consumerism to Sustainability

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Many of the environmental and social problems we face today are symptoms of a deeper systemic failing: a dominant cultural paradigm that encourages living in ways that are often directly counter to the realities of a finite planet. This paradigm, typically referred to as 'consumerism,' has already spread to cultures around the world and has led to consumption levels that are vastly unsustainable. If this pattern spreads further there will be little possibility of solving climate change or other environmental problems that are poised to dramatically disrupt human civilization.

It will take a sustained, long-term effort to redirect the traditions, social movements and institutions that shape consumer cultures towards becoming cultures of sustainability. These institutions include schools, the media, businesses and governments. Bringing about a cultural shift that makes living sustainably as 'natural' as a consumer lifestyle is today will not only address urgent crises like climate change, it could also tackle other symptoms like extreme income inequity, obesity and social isolation that are not typically seen as environmental problems. State of the World 2010 paints a picture of what this sustainability culture could look like, and how we can - and already are - making the shift.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 170 x 234 x 18mm | 598.74g
  • Earthscan Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 27th New edition
  • Photographs, illustrations, figures, tables, index
  • 1849710546
  • 9781849710541
  • 408,805

Table of contents




State of the World: A Year in Review

The Rise and Fall of Consumer Cultures

Traditions Old and New

Engaging Religions to Shape Worldviews
Ritual and Taboo as Ecological Guardians
Environmentally Sustainable Childbearing
Elders: A Cultural Resource for Promoting Sustainable Development
From Agriculture to Permaculture

Education's New Assignment: Sustainability

Early Childhood Education To Transform Cultures For Sustainability
Commercialism in Children's Lives
Rethinking School Food: The Power of The Public Plate
What is Higher Education for Now?

Business and Economy: Management Priorities

Adapting Institutions for Life in a Full World
Sustainable Work Schedules for All
Changing Business Cultures from Within
Social Entrepreneurs: Innovating Toward Sustainability
Relocalizing Business

Government's Role in Design

Editing Out Unsustainable Behaviour
Broadening the Understanding of Security
Building the Cities of the Future
Reinventing Health Care: From Panacea to Hygeia
Earth Jurisprudence: From Colonization to Participation

Media: Broadcasting Sustainability

From Selling Soap to Selling Sustainability: Social Marketing
Media Literacy, Citizenship, and Sustainability
Music: Using Education and Entertainment to Motivate Change

The Power of Social Movements

Reducing Work Time as a Path to Sustainability
Inspiring People to See that Less is More
Ecovillages and the Transformation of Values


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Review quote

'The most authoritative guide to the state of the planet.'
The Guardian

'The environmentalist's bible'
Times Higher Education

'This is the definitive guide to culture and sustainability�If you�re involved in transforming our world for the better, it is essential reading!'
�Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity Without Growth

'Essential reading'
The Good Book Guide

'If we continue to think of ourselves mostly as consumers, it's going to be very hard to bring our environmental troubles under control. But it's also going to be very hard to live the rounded and joyful lives that could be ours. This is a subversive volume in all the best ways!'
Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

'Worldwatch has taken on an ambitious agenda in this volume. No generation in history has achieved a cultural transformation as sweeping as the one called for here�it is hard not to be impressed with the book's boldness.'
Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank

'This year's State of the World report is a cultural mindbomb exploding with devastating force. I hope it wakes a few people up.'
Kalle Lasn, Editor of Adbusters magazine
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About Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute in Washington DC is one of the world's leading research centres for environmentally sustainable development.
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