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In EcoMind, Frances Moore Lappe--a giant of the environmental movement--confronts accepted wisdom of environmentalism. Drawing on the latest research from anthropology to neuroscience and her own field experience, she argues that the biggest challenge to human survival isn't our fossil fuel dependency, melting glaciers, or other calamities. Rather, it's our faulty way of thinking about these environmental crises that robs us of power. Lappe dismantles seven common "thought traps"--from limits to growth to the failings of democracy-- that belie what we now know about nature, including our own, and offers contrasting "thought leaps" that reveal our hidden power. Like her Diet for a Small Planetclassic, EcoMindis challenging, controversial and empowering.
Table of Contents
Why I wrote this book
Our Challenge Developing an EcoMind
Can we remake our mental map?
We're living an aberration
We already know how
It's not all locked up
And a lot of people care
So why are we moving backward?
The power of ideas
The Gipper and Gekko
The seven thought traps
A liberating jolt
No-Growth Is the Answer!
But why the built-in waste and destruction?
Privately held government
Refocusing on what matters
Beyond growth versus no-growth
Measuring our progress with an eco-mind
"Consumer Society" Is the Problem
Born to buy?
Inside "market demand"
What is luxury?
Out of the cafeteria line into the kitchen
Waste before we buy. . . why?
The "glory of the human"?
We've Hit the Limits of a Finite Earth
The limits of limits thinking
Beyond limits to alignment
Righting the balance
"We stopped the desert"
From ancient farmers, a soil secret
Hunger as teacher of the eco-mind
Flourishing as, or even because, we cut greenhouse gas emissions
Have fossil fuels freed or enslaved us?
And how else has oil enslaved?
Distributing social power as we generate new and clean energy
A different pathway, a different message
We Must Overcome Human Nature to Save the Planet
Six human traits we can count on
Imagination and creativity
If we're so great
Speaking to our nature
To Save Our Planet, We Have to Override Humanity's Natural Resistance to Rules
Cues from nature
Rule-making power: who, how, why
Market mythology, market meltdown
Only change is constant
Good-bye to the fiction that corporations are persons
Wildfires of common sense
Rules that work
Humans Have Lost the Connection to Nature
Soft-wired connection: The proof is in
Humans meet nature, even in city centers
Retrieving lives through the land
"Teach them to long for the endless immensity"
It's Too Late!
The most worrisome deficit
Why democracy now
What works. . . what doesn't
An ecology of democracy
Who pays the piper
If Deb can do it
What accountable government can do
Democracy, live it or lose it
New ways of tapping the wisdom of crowds
Democracy and dignity
An Invitation--Thinking Like an Ecosystem
The work of hope
Our culture's food crisis through a relational lens
Reconnecting, but this time with intention
It's the context, stupid!
Ready for surprises
Upping our courage quotient
Cultivating the EcoMind: Moving into Action
Thought leaps for the eco-mind
Lexicon for the eco-mind
Upping our civil courage: The power of putting our eco-minds into action
Making our own connections
Connecting with organizations and campaigns that are . . .
Engaging citizens in the work of planet healing
Working to involve citizens and remove the power of private wealth in our democracy
Engaging citizens in reclaiming our democracy
Some favorite reading: Books, magazines, and websites for the eco-mind
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