Life Money and Illusion

Living on Earth as if we want to stay Mike Nickerson. and to sense, to think and to feel, to ward off illness and to heal. From the molecular interactions within and between cells, to the relationships between creatures, those who study ...

Author: Mike Nickerson

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550924419

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

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In recent years, unchecked growth has brought us to the brink of economic and environmental collapse. Life, Money & Illusion was inspired by the dilemma of having an economic structure that has to grow to remain healthy, while facing the finite limits of our planet. This revised and updated edition launches a review of economic expansion. It examines how growth came to be a goal and how that goal, though once beneficial, is now the propellant for catastrophe. Then, by showing how the economy can be restructured to remain within planetary limits, it points the way to a sustainable future. Life, Money & Illusion advocates change by shifting the dominant economic paradigm from growth to sustainability. Techniques include: Measuring progress with social and environmental indicators, along with economic ones Encouraging investment in community Practical changes, such as full cost accounting, tax shifting, and monetary reform Honoring the Golden Rule instead of the Rule of Gold Focusing more on living than on stuff An engaging and empowering vision of a future that celebrates humanity's extraordinary ability to adapt and evolve, Life, Money & Illusion will appeal to social activists, business people, students, environmentalists, financial planners, economists, parents, grandparents, and anyone else with a stake in the future. Mike Nickerson is an educator and the author of three books on sustainability. He helped draft the Canada Well-Being Measurement Act and lives in Ontario, Canada.

Life Money and Illusion

A sustainable economic roadmap for a planet that matters and people who care.

Author: Mike Nickerson

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865716595

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 443

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In recent years, unchecked growth has brought us to the brink of economic and environmental collapse. Life, Money & Illusion was inspired by the dilemma of having an economic structure that has to grow to remain healthy, while facing the finite limits of our planet. This revised and updated edition launches a review of economic expansion. It examines how growth came to be a goal and how that goal, though once beneficial, is now the propellant for catastrophe. Then, by showing how the economy can be restructured to remain within planetary limits, it points the way to a sustainable future. Life, Money & Illusion advocates change by shifting the dominant economic paradigm from growth to sustainability. Techniques include: Measuring progress with social and environmental indicators, along with economic ones Encouraging investment in community Practical changes, such as full cost accounting, tax shifting, and monetary reform Honoring the Golden Rule instead of the Rule of Gold Focusing more on living than on stuff An engaging and empowering vision of a future that celebrates humanity's extraordinary ability to adapt and evolve, Life, Money & Illusion will appeal to social activists, business people, students, environmentalists, financial planners, economists, parents, grandparents, and anyone else with a stake in the future. Mike Nickerson is an educator and the author of three books on sustainability. He helped draft the Canada Well-Being Measurement Act and lives in Ontario, Canada.

Life Rules

Nature's Blueprint for Surviving Economic and Environmental Collapse Ellen LaConte. Greer, John Michael. ... Endgame, Volume I: The Problem of Civilization. ... Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as if we want to stay.

Author: Ellen LaConte

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 9780865717268

Category: Nature

Page: 388

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Analyzes the effects of corporate capitalism on the environment, and suggests making changes in the way of local self-reliance, resource conservation, and mutual interdependence as solutions to the problem.

Sustainability

Ultimate Security: The Environmental Basis of Political Stability. Washington, DC: Island Press. New Jerusalem Bible. 1985. New York: Doubleday. Nickerson, Mike. 2006. Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as if We Want to Stay.

Author: Leslie Paul Thiele

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745665184

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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The pursuit of sustainability has generated lifestyle changes for individuals across the globe, widespread initiatives within civil society and business, historic policies for municipal, regional, and national governments, and crucial protocols and agreements by international organizations. Increasingly, sustainability provides a common language and goal for diverse peoples and nations. Yet the meaning of sustainability remains unsettled, and the term frequently serves as a PR strategy--a green veneer for business as usual--rather than a driver of fundamental change. Leslie Paul Thiele's accessible yet thorough book provides a broad-ranging introduction to the concept and practice of sustainability today. It addresses the history, scope, and contested meanings of sustainability as an ethical ideal, an ascendant ideology, and a common sense approach to living in an ever more crowded world of increasingly scarce resources. Key topics covered include environmental health and ecological resilience, the promise and unintended consequences of technology, political and legal challenges, economic limits and opportunities, and cultural change. Unlike most other approaches to this crucial topic, Thiele argues that sustainability requires innovation and adaptation as much as the conservation of resources. His book will be a valuable resource for students in a broad range of courses, including environmental studies and related areas, as well as general readers keen to grapple with one of the most pressing issues of our times.

The Renewable Energy Transition

Kennedy M, Lietaer B, Rogers J (2012) People money: the promise of regional currencies. ... of empire: the race for master in the Asian heartland Nickerson M (2006) Life, money & illusion: living on earth as if we want to stay Nikiforuk ...

Author: John Erik Meyer

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030291150

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 386

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Canada is a well-endowed country that serves as an ideal model to lead the reader through the development of energy, resources, and society historically and into a post-carbon future. The book provides an historical perspective and describes the physical resource limitations, energy budgets, and climate realities that will determine the potential for any transition to renewable energy. Political and social realities, including jurisdiction and energy equality issues, are addressed. However, we cannot simply mandate or legislate policies according to social and political aspirations. Policies must comply with the realities of physical laws, such as the energy return on investment (EROI) for fossil-fuel based and renewable energy systems. EROI is discussed in both historical terms and in reference to the greater efficiencies inherent in a distributed generation, mainly electric, post-carbon society. Meyer explores the often misleading concepts and terms that have become embedded in society and tend to dictate our policy making, as well as the language, social and personal goals, and metrics that need to change before the physical transition can begin at the required scale. This book also reviews what nations have been doing thus far in terms of renewables, including the successes and failures in Canada and across the globe. Ontario’s green energy fiasco, and a comparison of the different circumstances of Norway and Alberta, for example, are covered as part of the author’s comparison of a wide range of countries. What are the achievements, plans, and problems that determine how well different countries are positioned to make “the transition”? The transition path is complex, and the tools we need to develop and the physical infrastructure investments we need to make, are daunting. At some point in time, Canada and Canadians, like all nations, will be living on 100% renewable energy. Whether the social and technological level that endures sees us travelling to the stars, or subsisting at a standard of living more similar to the pre-fossil fuel era, is far from certain.

Life Money Illusion

An engaging and empowering vision of the future that celebrates humanity's extraordinary ability to adapt and evolve, this book will appeal to social activists, environmentalists and all those who are committed to a sustainable future.

Author: Mike Nickerson

Publisher: Seven Generations Pub

ISBN: 0978097300

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 448

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In recent years, unchecked economic growth in the Western world has led to resource depletion and widespread environmental degradation. "Life, Money & Illusion" was inspired by the dilemma of having an economic structure that has to grow to remain healthy, while facing the necessity of reducing our footprint and establishing a stable state economy to secure ecological viability on a finite planet. The book launches a review of economic expansion. It examines how growth came to be a goal and how that goal, though once hugely beneficial, is now the propellant for catastrophe. Then, by showing how the economy can be restructured to remain within planetary limits, it points the way to a sustainable future. The book advocates change by shifting the dominant economic paradigm from growth to sustainability. Techniques include: Measuring well-being through genuine progress; Encouraging sustainable investment; Practical changes such as tax shifting, carbon taxes and monetary reform; Honouring the Golden Rule instead of the Rule of Gold. An engaging and empowering vision of the future that celebrates humanity's extraordinary ability to adapt and evolve, this book will appeal to social activists, environmentalists and all those who are committed to a sustainable future.

Indra s Net and the Midas Touch

44. Paul Faeth, Robert Repetto, Kim Kroll, Qi Dai, and Glenn Helmers, Paying the Farm Bill (Washington, DC: World Resources Institute, 1991). 45. Mike Nickerson, Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as if We Want to Stay (Lanark, ...

Author: Leslie Paul Thiele

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262297974

Category: Science

Page: 344

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An exploration of the impact of unintended consequences in an interdependent world and of the opportunities for creativity and community. We live today in a global web of interdependence, connected technologically, economically, politically, and socially. As a result of these expanding and deepening interdependencies, it has become impossible fully to control—or foretell—the effects of our actions. The world is rife with unintended consequences. The first law of human ecology—which declares that we can never do merely one thing—is a truth we ignore at our peril. In Indra's Net and the Midas Touch, Leslie Paul Thiele explores the impact of interdependence and unintended consequences on our pursuit of sustainability. Unfortunately, good intentions provide no antidote to the law of unintended consequences, and proffered cures often prove worse than the disease. Biofuels developed for the purpose of reducing carbon emissions, for example, have had the unintended effect of cutting off food supplies to the needy and destroying rain forests. We must fundamentally transform our patterns of thinking and behavior. Thiele offers the intellectual and moral foundations for this transformation, drawing from ecology, ethics, technology, economics, politics, psychology, physics, and metaphysics. Awareness of our interconnectedness, he writes, stimulates creativity and community; it is a profound responsibility and a blessing beyond measure.

The Sacred in Exile

Life, Money and Illusion. Living on Earth As If We Want to Stay. Lanark: Seven Generations Publishing. O'Toole, Roger. 2000. Canadian Religion: Heritage and Project. In Rethinking Church, State and Modernity: Canada between Europe and ...

Author: Gillian McCann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319664996

Category: Religion

Page: 146

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This book addresses the fact that, for the first time in history, a large segment of the population in the western world is living without any form of religious belief. While a number of writers have examined the implications of this shift, none have approached the phenomenon from the perspective of religious studies. The authors examine what has been lost from the point of view of sociology, psychology, and philosophy of religion. The book sits at the nexus of a number of important debates including: the role of religion in public life, the connection between religion and physical and psychological well-being, and the implications of the loss of ritual in terms of maintaining communities.

Ecological Ethics

Nickerson, Mike (2009) Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth As If We Want to Stay, 2nd edn (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers). Noddings, Nel (1984) Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education (Berkeley: ...

Author: Patrick Curry

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745651262

Category: Philosophy

Page: 345

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In this thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the highly successful Ecological Ethics, Patrick Curry shows that a new and truly ecological ethic is both possible and urgently needed. With this distinctive proposition in mind, Curry introduces and discusses all the major concepts needed to understand the full range of ecological ethics. He discusses light green or anthropocentric ethics with the examples of stewardship, lifeboat ethics, and social ecology; the mid-green or intermediate ethics of animal liberation/rights; and dark or deep green ecocentric ethics. Particular attention is given to the Land Ethic, the Gaia Hypothesis and Deep Ecology and its offshoots: Deep Green Theory, Left Biocentrism and the Earth Manifesto. Ecofeminism is also considered and attention is paid to the close relationship between ecocentrism and virtue ethics. Other chapters discuss green ethics as post-secular, moral pluralism and pragmatism, green citizenship, and human population in the light of ecological ethics. In this new edition, all these have been updated and joined by discussions of climate change, sustainable economies, education, and food from an ecocentric perspective. This comprehensive and wide-ranging textbook offers a radical but critical introduction to the subject which puts ecocentrism and the critique of anthropocentrism back at the top of the ethical, intellectual and political agenda. It will be of great interest to students and activists, and to a wider public.

When Green Growth Is Not Enough

Nickerson, Mike. 2008. “Sustainability – A Choice to Consider.” Accessed January 14, 2009. http://www.sustainwellbeing.net. –2009. Life, Money, and Illusion: Living on Earth as If We Want to Stay. Second Edition.

Author: Anders Hayden

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773596344

Category: Political Science

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Is the pursuit of endless economic growth compatible with the deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions required to avoid the worst extremes of climate change? In When Green Growth Is Not Enough, Anders Hayden analyzes the political battle between three competing approaches to this question and how it has played out in Canada and Britain. Defenders of the "business-as-usual" approach reject climate action as too costly and in conflict with economic growth, while downplaying the severity of climate change. Supporters of ecological modernization, or "green growth," on the other hand, aim to use technology and efficiency to delink economic expansion from emissions and find business opportunities through environmental action. While mainstream debate has focused on these two pro-growth models, Hayden pays particular attention to the struggles and limited inroads of a third, more radical perspective: the idea of sufficiency, which challenges the continued growth of production and consumption in the already-affluent global North and asks, how much is enough? Drawing on interviews, participation in climate-related events, and analysis of key documents, Hayden shows the role these paradigms have played in Britain, one of the world’s leaders in climate reform, and in Canada, a nation at the bottom of international climate change rankings. Rich in detail, When Green Growth Is Not Enough is a lively account of the theory and real-world politics of climate action.