Today's post is an excerpt from Dmitry Orlov's book, Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on the Technologies …
– 384 pages
6 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)
Weight: 515 Grams
BISAC: NATURE / Ecology
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2012-09-01
Nature's Blueprint for Surviving Economic and Environmental Collapse
Corporate capitalism has ravaged the planet the way HIV ravages the human body, triggering a Critical Mass of cascading environmental, economic, social and political crises. Economic and climate instability, collapsing ecosystems, peak fossil fuels and devastating resource wars-if Earth were a patient, her condition would be critical. Life Rules offers a comprehensive analysis of our present circumstances combined with a holistic treatment protocol for restoring health to vulnerable human and natural communities.
Predicting that Life will last but, if we don't make some fundamental changes, life as we know it-and a lot of us-won't, Life Rules identifies natural laws that have allowed non-human communities to thrive and prosper for several billion years, including:
- Local self-reliance
- Mutual interdependence
- Reliance on non-fossil sources of energy
- Resource conservation, sharing and recycling
- Co-operation and co-intelligence
- Radically democratic self-organization and governance.
This sobering yet essentially optimistic manifesto is required reading for anyone concerned about our ability to live well and also within Earth's means. A powerful tool for community transition and cultural transformation, Life Rules offers a solution to our global challenges that is at once authentically hopeful, deeply inspiring and profoundly liberating.
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