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We in the consumer class of the world are responsible for almost all emissions of chloroflurocarbons that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer, about two-thirds of the emissions of greenhouse gases and acid-rain causing pollutants along with a huge share of all of the other pollutants that are now a threat to the global environment. In so doing, we are not any happier than our predecessors, and have poisoned the air and water, changed the climate, destroyed habitats and washed away topsoil.

The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth. Sep 20, Sic Transit Gloria rated it did not like it. There won’t be much in this book that’s a surprise to anyone who is a little knowledgeable about environmental issues related to consumption. The author examines the premises that form the psychological foundations of the consumer society and suggests that we would be much better off by rebuilding our lives on a more solid set of values and ideals.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Check out alah top books of the year on our page Best Books of One might say that consumerism is almost a religion in this society, and that for people to change their attitudes on this that we’ll muuch to change our values — is that fair to say?

Refresh and try again. People are consuming too much today because dirning have born and raised in that greedy system. Also amusing to read about Potomac Mills being “in the countryside of rural Virginia” – now, only 20 years later, it is surrounded by sprawl.

How Much Is Enough? : The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth

There’s also the “rich”-the top corporate executives who “earn 93 times as much as the factory workers they employ”! Why is the consumption of this one-in-5 of our consumer class so destructive of the environment?

How Much Is Enough? Tough Choices Lester R. Jawad rated it really liked it Jun 12, This was a fantastic read. How Much Is Enough?

How Much Is Enough?: Donate to Living on Earth! We can curtail our use of ecologically destructive things and cultivate the deeper, non-material sources of fulfillment that bring happiness: The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth.


Mateo rated it it muxh amazing Jul 13, Books by Alan Thein Durning.

We need for example over a 20 or 30 year period to rebuild our transportation system so that when you take mjch trip, you have the option of going there by train in a quick and convenient way.

Return to Book Page. Jobetevrag rated it liked it Jun 11, If we accept your thesis, that the rich fifth of the world is consuming way too much in terms of natural resources, how can we get started to limit dkrning consumption of those resources now — today?

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Want to Read saving…. The thing that I found most surprising was that it was written inand yet the exact issues are still being talked aoan 18 years later.