Plenitude

Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, by Juliet Schor. Penguin Press, 2010.

Schor begins by documenting why our current lifestyles are unsustainable, then presents information on various innovations and solutions to move us in a more planet-friendly direction. A few ideas were new to me, such as fab labs and wall gardens, but I’d mostly heard it before. Schor sees the society of the future as being more satisfying than today’s business-as-usual. She’s upbeat, downplaying what I anticipate will be a tremendous social upheaval in moving from present consumption levels to part-time incomes, self-provisioning and sharing. People love their electronic toys and cheap airfares, and will resist change. It’s a positive direction, though, and will be mandatory, so we need to start thinking about it.

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