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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This is hawksn the case. Shortcomings of the book are its lack of structure and outdated references hawien global trends that have shifted a little. The way I see it, there’s no such thing as leaving no carbon footprint if you’re a business or even a single consumer, but there The idea of a truly sustainable international business in every sense of the word is something I don’t think we’ll be seeing anytime soon, simply because it isn’t profitable and makes no real sense other than a PR scheme for commmerce large corporate business to be concerned with.

What we require is the will to act. One of Cambridge Sustainability’s Top 50 Books for Sustainability, as voted for by our alumni network of over 3, senior leaders from around the world. In this eloquent and visionary book, Paul Hawken describes a third way, a path that is inherently sustainable and restorative but which uses many of the historically effective organizational and market techniques of free enterprise.

The ideas presented for business as society fall into one of three buckets: Hawken is a firm believer in market principles, but argues that our current system is too skewed towards private-sector interests in terms of taxation, division of power and money, and access to power and money.

The way I see it, there’s no such thing as leaving no carbon footprint if you’re a business or even a single consumer, but there are small things any business can do to make itself less of a ticking time bomb looming over the world around us.

Our comfort and abundance is the foundation for the great differences we see in public debate and private discussions about the environment. It’s hopeful that the knowledge and technology exists to enable businesses to operate in socially and environmenta The ideas in this book seem like common sense, yet the government, businesses, and consumers continue to ignore these ideas and give in to greed and materialism rather than doing what’s right for the world.


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A book most people should read. I have real respect for this man, and have seen him on the stage with kf Dalai Lama. Open Preview See a Problem?

In this book, Mr. The author gives clear examples from several industries that focuses only on exploring the resources to make more money, regardless of the impact its business have on the balance of the environment.

The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken

In such an environment, a large business ecoloy be expected to take into consideration externalities such as environmental damage, because such things are simply irrelevant to exology stated goals. The second principle is to change from an economy based on carbon to one based on hydrogen and sunshine.

The Problem of Civilisationwas written by Derrick Jensenand came in two separate parts bawken the second I have not read yet – that essentially suggested a “Post Civilisation” world in which us miserable Sapiens will have to consider a complete revolutionary style takedown of our out-of-control system of rampant neoliberal capitalism, and bring about a complete reset on humanity.

Apr 09, Yaru Lin rated it it was amazing. No need to make a fuss, just put down what we’re doing and look for a better way of living. The Case of Loisaba, Kenya”. Written shortly after my birth this book describes technology which existed at the time and still sounds incredibly futuristic to me.

It leads me to question whether any eecology these measures are merely treating symptoms or the actual disease. Jan 23, Max Potthoff rated it really liked it.

This goes beyond the revolutionary to the essential. In order to accomplish this, he establishes a clear twelve-chapter plan in which he discusses the problems that we face, the nature ahwken commerce and large businesses, and potential solutions, finally concluding in the magnificent crescendo that is the final chapter.

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

Hunter Fo, Rocky Mountain Institute. This kind of efficiency capture and waste reduction is so satisfying to me and I love reading about it. 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.


Hawkin lays out a semi-theoretical framework dommerce ecologically restorative businesses that at the time had a few examples in the real world.

Such conventions are ultimately an endless discussion by people on how to say grace, knowing that we do take and harm as we live; that life is always a moral question that lies before us ecoloty, dependent on our gratitude and constant struggle to ca We have to imagine a life where having less is truly more satisfying, more interesting, and of course, more secure.

After establishing the ills of our current economic system run amok, Hawken proposes fairly reasonable solutions to counteract current processes. Any viable economic program must turn back the resource clock and devote itself actively to restoring damaged and deteriorating systems–restoration is far more compelling than the algebra of sustainability. It will take collective grass root up efforts to ensure that the next 15 years are different.

Want to Read saving…. Mar 20, YanKai Kee rated it really liked it. I read the revised edition. SO many blaring alarm bells are laid ahwken in this book that I had to remind myself that they were being delivered to the reader in Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The Ecology of Commerce

In its role as protector government can certainly legislate new controls to allow markets to operate more fairly, but can they go so far as to develop a new ethic within business? This, from the vantage point ofwith even more evidence that our notions of ecoology and participation are skewed to favor large, multinational corporations. I am happy that i could find it and improve my consciousness about the issue.