Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness

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New Society Publishers, Sep 1, 2009 - House & Home - 288 pages
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Contents

Introduction
3
Lessons from the World of Television
8
Cool Lifestyle for a Hot Planet
18
Graceful Living
27
A Scientific Approach to Voluntary Simplicity
35
Twice the Value for Half the Resources
41
Religion and the Earth
47
The Circle of Simplicity
53
and All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
148
Decluttering
153
WabiSabi Time
157
Changing the World One Block at a Time
163
The Real Wealth of Neighborhoods
170
The Speed Trap
180
Creating the Educational Foundations for Change
191
Policies
201

Reclaiming a Sense of Time
64
Simplicity Simply Put
74
Where Fast Lanes Turn into Pastures and Meadows
79
Solutions
87
Introduction
89
Simplicity Isnt Voluntary Any More
92
The Lagom Solution
101
Creating a Life You Love
107
Taking Back Family Life from Overscheduling
116
Why I Farm
121
Why People of Faith Must Care for the Planet
126
Nearing Enough
133
Culture as a Guidepost for a Balanced Life
142
Introduction
203
A Mature Economy
205
Why Isnt This Empire Sustainable?
212
Radical Sustainability
220
Downshifting to a Carbonfriendly Economy
228
Whats the Economy for Anyway?
235
We Are Hardwired to Care and Connect
242
Afterword
251
Notes
259
Index
261
About the Editors
269
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Cecile Andrews is a community educator, author of Circle of Simplicity, and contributor to several books on living more simply and taking back our time. She has a doctorate from Stanford and teaches at Seattle University. She and her husband are founders of Seattle's Phinney Ecovillage, a neighborhood-based sustainable community. Wanda Urbanska is a Harvard graduate whose life's work has involved living simply. She is the President of Simple Living Company, www.simplelivingtv.net , the producer/host of Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska, and the author of three books on the subject. She lives in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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