State of the World, 2004: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Business & Economics - 245 pages
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"A Bangladeshi child eats a bowl of rice. An American child plays with a plastic doll. A woman in Finland talks on a cell phone. A man in Zimbabwe fills his car with gasoline. A Japanese woman reads a newspaper. Think of the objects you buy and use in any given day. Now, try to imagine that there are more than 1.7 billion human beings in the consumer society--and their numbers are growing yearly. In many cases, excessive consumption burdens societies with bulging landfills, declining fish stocks, and rising obesity levels. Meanwhile, there are still another 2.8 billion who consume too little and who suffer from hunger, homelessness, and poverty. On the Worldwatch Institute's thirtieth anniversary, this special edition of State of the World examines how we consume, why we consume, and what impact our consumption choices have on the planet and our fellow human beings. From factory-farmed chicken to old-growth lumber to gas-guzzling cars, many of the things we buy support destructive industries. But businesses, governments, and concerned citizens can harness this same purchasing power to build markets for less-hazardous products, including fair-traded foods, green power, and fuel-cell vehicles. With chapters on food, water, energy, the politics of consumption, and redefining the good life, Worldwatch's award-winning research team asks whether a less-consumptive society is possible--and then argues that it is essential."--Worldwatch Institute website.
 

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Contents

The State of Consumption Today
3
Plastic Bags
22
Making Better Energy Choices
24
Computers
44
Boosting Water Productivity Sandra Postel and Amy Vickers
46
Antibacterial Soap
66
Watching What We Eat
68
Bottled WaterChickenChocolateShrimpSoda
86
Cell Phones
120
Purchasing for People and the Planet
122
Paper
142
Linking Globalization Consumption and Governance
144
Cotton Tshirts
162
Rethinking the Good Life
164
Notes
181
Index
235

Moving Toward a Less Consumptive Economy
96

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The Worldwatch Institute is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit research and publishing organization dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society.

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