Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy

deepeconomy.jpgI just finished reading Bill McKibben’s latest book Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. McKibben has hit the nail on the head. In Bill’s world, more is not necessarily better. He challenges us to think about how we live.

As Americans, we have more stuff, but are we happier? Not really. We spend more money per capita on health care than EU nations, yet we are not healthier. We consume more energy and plan for that to grow, while the EU has pledged to reduce their usage. Energy costs continue to rise while our political leaders scream drill for more oil. Global Warming? Not a human problem according to some.

He replaces the word sustainability with durability. McKibben argues we need to move beyond growth as the economic model and move towards local economies to create a durable future. The folks at Just Food challenged us to eat local. McKibben spends year eating locally and describes it in detail.

I think this McKibben fellow is on to something.

3 Responses to Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy

  1. Andy Alt says:

    I enjoyed listening to him on MPR the other day. Please refer to the link I used in the web site field.

  2. Joey Robison says:

    Just Food’s Sustainability Book Group will be discussing this book on September 5 from 7-8 p.m. at the Co-op. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven’t finished the book!

  3. Joey Robison says:

    CORRECTION- the book group is discussing this book on SEPTEMBER 6 (Thursday).

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