Sunday, September 12, 2010
Treading Softly -Thomas Princen (2010)
Treading Softly - Paths to Ecological Order The MIT Press. We are living beyond our means, running up debts both economic and ecological, consuming the planet's resources at rates not remotely sustainable. But it's hard to imagine a different way. How can we live without cheap goods and easy credit? How can we consume without consuming the systems that support life? How can we live well and live within our means? In Treading Softly, Thomas Princen helps us imagine an alternative. We need, he says, a new normal, an ecological order that is actually economical with resources, that embraces limits, that sees sustainable living not as a "lifestyle" but as a connection to fresh, free-flowing water, fertile soil, and healthy food.