I 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.