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Old 09-23-2011, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

Frances Moore Lappe
304 pages
Nation Books (September 13, 2011)

I haven't seen this book yet, but I find some of the comments interesting:
Michael Brune, Executive Director, The Sierra Club
"EcoMind reminds us that the most important resource for restoring a clean and healthy planet is the one sitting between our ears. Frances Moore Lappé brilliantly challenges the negative "thought traps" of doom-and-gloom environmental messages and emerges with a positive, people-powered approach."
In her eighteenth book, the paradigm-altering Lappe asks why we've failed to effectively address environmental problems. Delving into neuroscience, anthropology, and history, and sharing her own extensive field experiences, she argues that perception is key. She surgically disassembles "seven thought traps," or discouraging environmentalist messages that arouse guilt, fear, and despair instead of a sense of mission.
Lappe's lucid extrapolation of the core lesson of ecology, that everything is connected, ...
John Gershman, Clinical Associate Professor, Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Pubic Service, New York University
"Frances Moore Lappé has done it again. As she has done so insightfully with respect to food, hunger, and democracy, Lappé now turns her sights on the contemporary ecological crises. Her accessible and provocative analysis demonstrates how the ways many people think and talk about these crises – especially the dominant narratives of scarcity – obscure the inequalities of power that lie at the root of these crises and inhibit rather than inspire the kind of effective movements necessary to confront them. EcoMind is a profound example of how analysis breeds not paralysis but rather informed and inspired action, and is on track to do so in the 21st century just like Diet for a Small Planet and Food First did in the 20th.

I find the idea of using an ecosystem as a model for human perceptions very intriguing. Has anyone read this book?
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
Aldo Leopold

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Old 09-23-2011, 03:39 PM   #2
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There is so much to understand that is not easy to grasp. I do understand that the way people talk and write about information can make the situation worse.
Many times the defenses are up from the use of certain phrases or words before even getting to the heart of the article or book.
Sounds like a book to look into futher.
"Half Earth Quest" Edward O. Wilson

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