Life Rules: Nature's Blueprint for Surviving Economic and Environmental Collapse

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New Society Publishers, Oct 16, 2012 - Nature - 384 pages
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Corporate capitalism has ravaged the planet the same way HIV ravages the human body, triggering a critical mass of cascading environmental, economic, social, and political crises. Economic and climate instability, collapsing ecosystems, peak fossil fuels, and devastating resource wars—if the Earth were a patient, her condition would be critical. Life Rules offers a comprehensive analysis of our present circumstances, combined with a holistic treatment protocol for restoring health to vulnerable human and natural communities.

Predicting that Life will last, but if we don't make some fundamental changes, life as we know it—and a lot of us—won't, Life Rules identifies natural laws that have allowed non-human communities to thrive and prosper for several billion years, including:

  • Local self-reliance
  • Mutual interdependence
  • Reliance on non-fossil sources of energy
  • Resource conservation, sharing, and recycling
  • Radically democratic self-organization and governance

This sobering yet essentially optimistic manifesto is required reading for anyone concerned about our ability to live within Earth's means. A powerful tool for community transition and cultural transformation, Life Rules offers a solution to our global challenges that is at once authentically hopeful, deeply inspiring, and profoundly liberating.

Ellen LaConte is acting director of the EarthWalk Alliance, a contributing editor to Green Horizon Magazine and The Ecozoic, a frequent talk show guest, and publisher of the Starting Point online newsletter. She has written two books about Helen and Scott Nearing, homesteaders and best-selling authors of Living the Good Life, and she is the author of the upcoming environmental novel Afton.

 

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Contents

The Real Threat to Life as We Know It
1
How Life Deals with Critical Mass
125
Deep Green Methods for Surviving the Global Economy
191
Mimicking Lifes Economics Improving the Odds and Our Lives
193
Mimicking Lifes Politics OrganicallyDemocratic Principles and Practices
233
Setting a Good Example
257
How to Become Deeply Green
281
Precedents for Success
311
Dreaming Deep Green Imagining the Ecozoic
321
Notes
325
Suggestions for Further Reading
351
Index
355
About the Author
367
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Ellen LaConte is Acting Director of the EarthWalk Alliance, a contributing editor to Green Horizon Magazine and The Ecozoic and former editor of Farmstead magazine. Author of On Light Alone and Free Radical, memoirs about Helen and Scott Nearing, influential homesteaders and bestselling authors of Living the Good Life, LaConte has been published in The Sun, East/West Journal, New Perspectives, Country Journal, Convergence and Gaia: A Literary & Environmental Journal, and in numerous websites and trade journals. After twenty three years homesteading in Mid-Coast Maine, she resides now in the Piedmont bioregion of North Carolina. www.ellenlaconte.com.

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