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“Almost all the crises that afflict the world economy are ultimately environmental in origin.”

—biologist E. O. Wilson

Read: “The Revenge of Gaia”

book by scientist James Lovelock, originator of Gaia theory

“Relative to the risks of coal mining and oil exploration, the downsides of offshore wind turbines seem minor.”

—USA Today editorial on approval of the Cape Wind offshore wind farm

Read: “Waste” by Tristram Stuart

When your mom said, “Don’t leave food on your plate—kids are starving in China”, she was right

Read: “Why politicians dare not limit economic growth”

by Tim Jackson of the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission, in New Scientist

We must turn “our energies toward building sustainable communities to weather the coming crisis, since we will be unable to survive and resist without a cooperative effort.”

—Chris Hedges, in Adbusters

The Schumacher Society

society based in Bristol, UK, inspired by E. F. Schumacher, author of “Small is Beautiful”

The New Security Beat

a blog by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program

Read: “Divisive Modernity”

Chapter 1 of by William Catton’s book “Bottleneck”

“Now we’re the lung cancer patient trying to sneak cigarettes in the ICU.”

—Bill McKibben, on humanity ignoring limits to growth


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Mason's favorite books »