Is more really better? Can ecomies continue to grow indefinitely? And will our insatiable appetite for all things with a price tag finally bring the earth to its knees? In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our ecomy, arguing that our goal of endless ecomic expansion is currently destroying the planet, and with it, our humanity. Rather then pursuing unlimited ecomic growth-a mindset that has brought the world to the brink of environmental disaster-we should concentrate on creating localized ecomies, and rethink the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. McKibben uses a variety of examples to show this concept blossoming around the world with striking results. Offering a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future, he eloquently demonstrates that the more we nurture the essential humanity of our ecomy, the more we will recapture our own.
Bill McKibben is the author of ten books including The End of Nature , The Age of Missing Information , and Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age . A former staff writer, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, and the recipient of many honorary degrees, as well as Guggenheim and Lyndhurst fellowships and the Lannan Prize in Non-Fiction writing. He lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.