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Sustainable consumption and production is about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles.
See: UN Sustainable Development Goal 12
The High Price of Materialism, by Tim Kasser
The High Price of Materialism by
Call Number: 302.17 Kas
Publication Date: 2002-06-06
In The High Price of Materialism, Tim Kasser offers a scientific explanation of how our contemporary culture of consumerism and materialism affects our everyday happiness and psychological health. The author shows that people whose values center on the accumulation of wealth or material possessions face a greater risk of unhappiness, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and problems with intimacy—regardless of age, income, or culture.
The author examines what happens when we organize our lives around materialistic pursuits. He looks at the effects on our internal experience and interpersonal relationships, as well as on our communities and the world at large. He shows that materialistic values actually undermine our well-being, as they perpetuate feelings of insecurity, weaken the ties that bind us, and make us feel less free. AVAILABLE: WSA Library and Kitsap Regional LIbrary
The Story of Stuff: How our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, our Communities, and our Health--and a Vision for Change, by Annie Leonard
The Story of Stuff: How our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, our Communities, and our Health--and a Vision for Change by
Call Number: 306.4 Leo
Publication Date: 2010-03-09
A classic exposé in company with An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring, The Story of Stuff expands on the celebrated documentary exploring the threat of overconsumption on the environment, economy, and our health. Leonard examines the "stuff" we use everyday, offering a galvanizing critique and steps for a changed planet.
From sneaking into factories and dumps around the world to visiting textile workers in Haiti and children mining coltan for cell phones in the Congo, Leonard, named one of Time magazine's 100 environmental heroes of 2009, highlights each step of the materials economy and its actual effect on the earth and the people who live near sites like these.
With curiosity, compassion, and humor, Leonard shares concrete steps for taking action at the individual and political level that will bring about sustainability, community health, and economic justice. AVAILABLE: WSA Library and Kitsap Regional Library