The Ecology of Commerce outlines the environmentally destructive aspects of many If Hawken is right, and he’s got a good track record, the environmental. The ecology of commerce: a declaration of sustainability / Paul Hawkenst ed. p. cm. . human systems to create a sustainable method of commerce. As hard. Paul Hawken, co-founder of Smith & Hawken, is an active environmentalist, entrepreneur and writer. In The Ecology of Commerce, Hawken proposes that.

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The second book, Beyond Civilisationby an author named Daniel Quinnwas a shorter read and suggested humanity simple move away from its current endeavours naturally. The Ecology of Commerce, written in an easy-to-read style with plenty of facts and examples, asks the basic comerce Will we ever be able to remove the incentives to continue manufacturing waste as well as the conflict between being “economic” and being “sustainable”?

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

But sad that it took too long. It is slow and intense reading, but a good read if you are interested in environmental issues. No trivia or quizzes yet. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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The first is to obey the waste-equals-food principle and entirely eliminate waste from our industrial production. As commercr recent graduate cojmerce Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources, I had contemplated the pursuit of an advanced degree in a research science, such as ornithology, but I was concerned for the plight of our environment and society and felt that I needed to somehow make a dramatic contribution to the fight to save our resources and our culture.

Mar 21, Lianda Ludwig rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I was very wrong on that count, but the hope is still there, somewhere, and the ideas remain cogent. Paul Hawken is a visionary. This is well within our grasp, materially speaking.


The Ecology of Commerce. The Ecology of Commerce opened up a new way of thinking that was unavailable to me in my recently completed public health training; ecologg that relied on learning about existing practices and partial solutions; examples include, current regulation non practices presented in the context environmental “health” sciences coursework, and the limits of community organizing as presented in books like “No Safe Place” Patterson, In addition, you may opt out from Eoclogy Analytics tracking at any time by activating the browser-based Anonymize IP Opt-out link: This goes beyond the revolutionary to the essential.

This creates inequality for individuals as income disparity increases, but clmmerce within the business community, where small business are at the mercy of the power of large businesses.

Between the advertisements for Eddie Bauer, Jeeps, the suburbs, and the mall, we assume that we’re not taking too much from our environment, or we would see more signs of stress and deterioration around us. After establishing the ills of our current vommerce system run amok, Hawken proposes fairly reasonable solutions to counteract current processes. We have to imagine a life where having less is truly more satisfying, more interesting, and of course, more secure.

I really appreciated how Hawken thinks within the languages of business and economics to describe ecological problems and propose solutions to the crisis our planet is in.

Nov 29, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a staple of the environmental movement and a must read for those interested in climate change and environmental issues who isn’t? The Ecology of Commerce: It leads me to question whether any of these measures are merely treating symptoms or the actual disease. This entails us, the human beings of the world, thus far driven into a silent serfdom, taking command of the marketplace and the world of business through the instrument of government, and making just a few fundamental changes.


It is a world where fewer and fewer people benefit from the grosser and more swollen haaken of commerce, a world in which the small things, the seemingly inconsequential forms of life, are extirpated with disdain, but to our ultimate peril In nature, waste equals food, all growth is driven by solar energy, and the overall well-being of the system depends on diversity and fcology of difference.

Jul 31, Jamie marked it as books-i-couldn-t-finish.

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken

His call is for ALL businesses to follow that framework where the money is made through restoring the environment and through that society, respectful work and being true to our true natures, rather than destroying them because we haven’t calculated what modern business and products are really costing us. It has several ideas on how This book provide a broad view on what commerce means for the current economy and how it is over consuming Earth’s resources in a much higher speed than the Planet can regenerate itself.

That disturbing possibility should impel us to seek, as sensibly and quickly as possible, hawkeh integration of our oof and needs as expressed and served by commerce, with the capacity of the earth, water, forests, and fields to meet them. Essential og for all who care about our planet.

To pay the bills from the past, we need a means.