Read the full-text online edition of How Much Is Enough? The Consumer Society and the Future of Future of the Earth. By Alan Thein Durning. No cover image. Alan Durning (Author). Sign up for the monthly New Releases email. Please enter a valid email address. By signing up you agree to W. W. Norton’s privacy. Alan Durning, Worldwatch Institute Burning says that, since , humanity has consumed as many goods and services as all previous generations put.

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I don’t agree with the base idea that book stands on. And it get so old. In a few generations, we have become car-drivers, television watchers, mall shoppers, and throwaway buyers. Feb 09, Sarah rated it liked it. There is some repitition, but I have made some positive changes because of this book. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Busegeist rated it liked it Jan 16, I’m so sick of hearing about envi Quite sadly, this book is less about “The Consumer Society” and more about “The Future of the Earth”. Living on Earth wants to hear from you! Nov 19, Kathryn added it Shelves: Sign up for our newsletter today!

In the modern consumer society more is better and our success is measured by our ability to afford enougy. Durning says overconsumption by the world’s 1-billion-person elite is straining the eonugh resources, but hasn’t made us any happier.

How much is enough? Or we can abrogate our responsibilities and hod our lifestyle to destroy the Earth. Jawad rated it really liked it Jun 12, There are no discussion topics on this iis yet.


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People are consuming too much today enoguh they have born and raised in that greedy system. Jessica rated it liked it Jun 04, Perhaps the single most telling piece of evidence I’ve found in the zlan years I was working on this project was from repeated opinion polls that had been taken in the United States since that show, despite a doubling of personal consumption per person, measured in real, inflation adjusted terms, the share of Americans who report they are very happy with their lot in life has stayed just about the same.

To ask other readers questions about How Much Is Enough? I don’t think humans are greedy by their nature. Who Will Feed China? Be the change you want to sea. Alan Durning, how do you recommend that we get started with making these changes?

How Much Is Enough?: The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth by Alan Thein Durning

Beyond Malthus Lester R. The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth. Over a few short generations, we in the affluent fifth of humanity have become car drivers, television watchers, mall shoppers, and throwaway buyers. Search for other articles by Anne Hansen here Peace Magazine homepage. Looking for beautiful books? Open Preview See a Problem? Why is the consumption of this one-in-5 of our consumer class so destructive of the environment? Psychologists, religious thinkers and indeed the doctrines of the world religions themselves teach that materialism, made the central facet of one’s life, has always been a bankrupt value system; that it can provide quick thrills, but it cannot provide lasting satisfaction and fulfillment in life.


It discusses the use of resources, pollution, and the distortions created in the economies of both wealthy industrialized nations and Third World countries. How Much Is Enough? Power Surge Christopher Flavin. Search for other articles by Anne Hansen here.

We’re only just discovering what this is doing to society.

Sep 20, Sic Transit Gloria rated it did not like it. Tough Choices Lester R. The Best Books of But to author Alan Durning, all but the poorest Americans are among the world’s curning people — in the top one-fifth of the world’s population that durnint most of the planet’s resources.

How Much Is Enough? Refresh and try again. Most of us in the US think of ourselves as middle-class, living modestly, struggling to make ends meet. Well, a couple of mhch have happened, but none of them predicted by the book.

The consumer class of the world includes the people who travel in private automobiles and on jet airplanes, who have a plethora of electric appliances in their homes, who have a diet centered around meat and other resource-intensive animal foods, and who use things dominated by rapid obsolescence, disposability, quickly shifting fashions and excessive packaging.

How Much Is Enough?

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