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Enough Is Enough

Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources


Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Available: 12/21/12
6.13 x 8.7 · 240 pages
CDN $27.95 · pb

 Canadian Title

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Rob Dietz and Daniel O'Neill

foreword by Herman Daly

Our planet is finite. And on this finite planet we now have seven billion people, with an estimated three billion more on the way by midcentury. The seven billion of us have to find ways to reverse the environmental crises we've set in motion, eradicate poverty, and erase the divide between the haves and the have-nots. The economic orthodoxy in use around the globe - the pursuit of never-ending economic growth - is not up to the challenge. With each passing day, we are witnessing more and more uneconomic growth - growth that costs more than it is worth. An economy that chases perpetually increasing production and consumption, always in search of more, stands no chance of achieving a lasting prosperity.

The purpose of this book is to describe how to establish a prosperous yet non-growing economy. The emphasis is far less on diagnosing the problem - there are already many books that do that-- than on laying out practical solutions for achieving a steady-state economy and strategies for making them a reality. Now is the time to change the economic goal from the madness of more to the wisdom of enough. Enough Is Enough offers readers a much-needed escape route from the environmental and economic traps we've set for ourselves.

Rob Dietz is the editor of the Daly News and the former director of CASSE (Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy). He has degrees in both environmental science and economics from Virginia Tech and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan O¹Neill is a lecturer in ecological economics at the University of Leeds and the chief economist for CASSE. He holds a PhD in ecological economics from the University of Leeds and a master of environmental studies degree from Dalhousie University.

Foreword author Herman Daly is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy. From 1988 to 1994 he was Senior Economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank, where he helped to develop sustainable development policy guidelines.