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Books & Journals

Economic Democracy: The Political Struggle of the Twenty-First Century, by J.W. Smith
This book outlines the history of, and the modern struggle against, unequal global trade.
Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy, by Costas Panayotakis
This book argues that the real causes of resource scarcity in the world are the predations of global capitalism, and that "all human beings should have an equal say over the priorities of the economic system."
Ancient Futures, by Helena Norberg Hodge
Using the small northern Indian state of Ladakh as her model, Norberg-Hodge demonstrates the devastating effects of the global economy on local indigenous cultures.
Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development, by Herman E. Daly
This iconoclast economist argues that if we are to achieve the goals of sustainable development we must rethink conventional economic theories and give up our ideal of economic growth.
Development As Freedom, by Amartya Sen
"By showing that the quality of our lives should be measured not by our wealth, but by our freedom, Sen's writings have revolutionized the theory and practice of development." (Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the UN)
Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, by Vandana Shiva
World renowned environmental activist and physicist illuminates Earth Democracy, which "connects the particular to the universal, the diverse to the common, and the local to the global. Earth Democracy is the awareness of these connections and of the rights and responsibilities that flow from them."
Eco-Economy, by Lester R. Brown
Discusses the depletion of our planet's natural wealth caused by our current economic models, and presents a design for a profitable economy that accurately reflects the social cost of abuse of resources.
Globalization and its Discontents, by Joseph Stiglitz
"I have written this book because while I was at the World Bank, I saw firsthand the devastating effect that globalization can have on developing countries, and especially the poor within those countries."
Hope's Edge, Anna and Francis Moore Lappe
A continuation, now with her daughter Anna, of Francis Moore Lappe's mission to awaken us to the perceptions and habits which are destroying our planet's life. She shows us how people all over the world are making life-sustaining choices for themselves, their families, their communities and the planet. The book is a hopeful and sobering look at the challenge before each of us to create a sustainable future.
Limits to Growth: The Thirty Year Update, by Donella Meadows et al.
Humanity's consumption of Earth's resources proceeds at an increasingly faster rate than Earth's available resources can accommodate (i.e. its "carrying capacity"). There must be prudent physical growth constraints on consumption in combination with replenishment of the Earth's resources. Otherwise, over time, "the world will experience overshoot and collapse in global resource use and emissions."
Plan B 2.0, by Lester R. Brown
An outline of "a survival strategy for our early 21st century," an approach to dealing with complex environmental stresses and their political and social consequences.
The Better World Handbook, by Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, and Brett Johnson
This book (on 100% post-consumer recycled paper) could be the print version of our website. It contains an impressive array of specific actions each of us can take to improve our relations with our planet and every living system and creature on it.
The Case Against the Global Economy, edited by Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith
An indepth look at the risks and failures of the rush to a global economy by 43 leading thinkers from many disciplines, many of whom present alternatives toward bioregional, local communities and economies.
The Ecology of Commerce, by Paul Hawken
Paul Hawken knows how to run a business, and this book demonstrates clearly how desperately we need to get our priorities straight, and how, with hope and courage, we can go about doing it.
The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy, by William Greider
The author examines how the greatest wealth-creation engine in the history of the world is failing most of us, why it must be changed, and how specifically it can be transformed.
You will see links and references to Yes! Magazine in quite a few sections of our web site, because we follow many of the same areas of concern and activism. We feel it is definitely worthwhile subscribing.
Published by the Earth Island Institute, the journal reports on a wide range of environmental activist organizations around the world.