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The Constant Economy: How to Build a Stable Society

By: Zac Goldsmith

Atlantic Books

Paperback | Sep 2010 | #187361 | ISBN-13: 9781848870956
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Hardback | Sep 2009 | #182186 | ISBN-13: 9781848870673
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About this book

The earth's resources are finite, climate change threatens to dramatically transform how and where we live, and the global economic system is in disarray. One way or another we have to change. In this brilliant and timely book Zac Goldsmith argues here for the creation of what he calls 'a constant economy'. Since the industrial revolution, our economies have grown at the expense of the natural world. We can deny the need for change, in which case we will be at the mercy of events and the adjustments will be harsh.

Or, as this book shows, there is an alternative. A 'constant economy' is one in which resources are valued not wasted, where food is grown sustainably and goods are built to last. It is a system whose energy security is based on the use of renewable sources, and communities are valued as a country's strongest hedge against social, economic and environmental instability. The constant economy operates at the human scale, and above all it recognizes nature's limits.

Zac Goldsmith's landmark book will explain and inspire. He shows that almost everything that needs be done to support the environment is already being done somewhere in the world. And where companies, communities and even governments have blazed a trail, they have not only done the right thing, their customers - and their voters - have rewarded them for doing the right thing. Solutions exist, they work, and they are laid out in this ground-breaking book.


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Biography

Zac Goldsmith is Editor of the Ecologist. In 2003, he received the Beacon Prize for Philanthropy, and in 2004 he received Mikhail Gorbachev's Global Green Award for 'International Environmental Leadership'. He is the prospective parliamentary candidate for Richmond for the Conservative Party. Zac Goldsmith is 33 and is married with three children.

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