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Books & Journals

Affluenza, by John de Graff, David Wann & Thomas H. Naylor
Based on two PBS documentaries, Affluenza "looks at our epidemic of over-consumption and shows how we can live simpler, more meaningful lives." (Peter Barnes).
Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe
Thirty years ago this revolutionary book presented eye-opening evidence of the harmful effects of a meat-based diet on the planet. She showed how a more plant-based diet could eliminate hunger, solve environmental problems and improve human health worldwide.
Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume, edited by Stephanie Kaza
These writings on consumerism from a Buddhist perspective, which says that one of the sources of suffering is desire, are a good way to look at the relationship between our planetary footprint and our personal fulfillment.
No Logo, by Naomi Klein
A user-friendly handbook that looks at the insidious practices and effects of corporate marketing--and the powerful potential of a growing consumer activist movement.
Our Ecological Footprint, by Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees
Despite its light hearted approach, this is a very serious exposition of just how much our personal lives and our growth economy demand of the planet.
Radical Simplicity, by Jim Merkel
A working guide that shows ordinary folks how to make real changes toward sustainability in their everyday lives.
Small is Beautiful, by E.F. Schumacher
First published in 1973, this classic of the imperative for a small-scale economic:--"Economics as if People Mattered"-- is still at the top of the growing list of books on sustainable economics. A new edition has recently been published.
The Food Revolution, by John Robbins
"Provides both the information and the encouragement we need in order to reclaim the health of our bodies and our planet. Packed with political dynamite, this book will change your life."--Joanna Macy.
The Overspent American, by Juliet Schor
An analysis of overconsumption and why people are driven to spend more and more even though it is rarely satisfying: an "indictment of consumerism".
Use Less Stuff, by Robert Lillenfeld and William Rathje
Techniques and practical tips for using less and thereby creating less waste.
Voluntary Simplicity, by Duane Elgin
This classic look at consumption and its effects on people's joy in living contains a large section of stories and testimonials by folks who have simplified their lives and the spiritual fulfillment that resulted.
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.
A magazine focussed on sustainable investing, The Green Money Journal covers a broad range of topics "from stock market to supermarket."