State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures: From by Worldwatch Institute

By Worldwatch Institute

The most effective environmental nonprofit indicates the how you can rework our patron tradition right into a tradition based on sustainability.

For society to thrive lengthy into the longer term, we needs to circulation past our unsustainable buyer tradition to at least one that respects environmental realities. In State of the realm 2010, the Worldwatch Institute’s award-winning study staff finds not just how human societies could make this shift but in addition how humans worldwide have already began to nurture a brand new tradition of sustainability. Chapters current leading edge suggestions to worldwide environmental difficulties, targeting associations which are the important engineers of tradition, resembling governments, the media, and spiritual organisations. Written in transparent, concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World provides a view of our altering global that we, and our leaders, can't find the money for to disregard

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When networks come together, they can change history. But not always. ” Networks can spread many ideas, whether consumption patterns, habits, political views, or even a new cultural paradigm. But as Hunter notes, as culture is driven by institutions, success will depend on pulling ideas of sustainability into the center of these institutions, not allowing them to remain on the periphery. This means that as individuals internalize new norms and values personally, they also need to actively spread these ideas along their networks.

It found that some 60 percent of ecosystem services— climate regulation, the provision of fresh water, waste treatment, food from fisheries, and many other services—were being degraded or used unsustainably. ORG STATE OF THE WORLD 2010 The Rise and Fall of Consumer Cultures Number of Planet Earths tems to sustain future generaFigure 1. 5 ing. 5 tion consuming ever more fossil fuels, eating more meat, and converting more land to agri0 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 culture and urban areas. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that climate change due to human activities is causing major potentially submerge entire island nations.

On a diverse set of fronts, businesses found ways to coax more consumption out of people. Credit was liberalized, for instance, with installment payments, and the credit card was promoted heavily in the United States, which led to an almost 11-fold increase in consumer credit between 1945 and 1960. Products were designed to have short lives or to go out of style quickly (strategies called, respectively, physical and psychological obsolescence). 33 Perhaps the biggest business tool for stoking consumption is marketing.

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