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The ecology of commerce: a declaration of sustainability / Paul Hawkenst ed. p. cm. . human systems to create a sustainable method of commerce. As hard. The Ecology of Commerce. By Paul Hawken. Harper Business, New York City pages, $ US. By Ivan Handler. Networking for Democracy. The world has changed in the seventeen years since the controversial initial publication of Paul Hawken's Ecology of Commerce, a stirring treatise about the.. .
The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability. New York: HarperCollins Publisher, It may well revolutionize the relationship between business and the environment.
The Ecology of Commerce is the provocative national bestseller that addresses the necessity of merging good business practices with common sense environmental concerns.
Nearly two decades after its initial publication, this controversial work by Paul Hawken has been revised and updated, arguing why business success and sustainable environmental practices need not—and, for the sake of our planet, must not—be mutually exclusive any longer.
One reason might be that. We have no [way to] accumulate the overall image of cumulative destruction. Furthermore, their actions are defended--I daresay have to be defended--because most of us are dependent upon them for our livelihood.
Even a declining General Motors still employs nearly , people. A supermarket chain such as American Stores employs , or more. The companies profiled in Everybody's Business Almanac employ or support one-fourth of the U.
The average large business is 16, times larger than the average small business. And since much of the population is now employed by these large corporations, they naturally see their interest as being linked to the success and growth of their employers. Such fealty resembles the allegiance that sustained feudal baronies; the vassal serfs believed that the lord who exploited them was better than the uncertainty of no lord at all.
But in the competitive world of modern commerce, loyalty to the system prevents an objective examination of how market capitalism can also work against those who serve it. Business believes that if it does not continue to grow and instead cuts back and retreats, it will destroy itself.
Ecologists believe that if business continues its unabated expansion it will destroy the world around it. This book will discuss a third way, a path that restores the natural communities on earth but uses many of the historically effective organizational and market techniques of free enterprise.
If we are to create a commercial culture that does no harm to natural and human communities, society will have to define commercial crime more effectively, and begin to see it as something less than inevitable, and more than excusable.
It is difficult for us to imagine that the ecological principle of carrying capacity can significantly affect us. 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.
Our comfort and abundance is the foundation for the great differences we see in public debate and private discussions about the environment. Start on.
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