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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The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

My feelings regarding large corporations when I started this book were that they must be utterly annihilated in order for humanity to restore the world that has created it. Refresh and try again. It would be best if you read this book. This, from the vantage point Hawken provides a more than compelling argument against the destructive “business as usual” culture that we participate in, and calls for an overhaul of value and means of measuring “efficiency” in the economy.

Sep 15, Julian Sauma rated it it was amazing. He demonstrates that the instinct to engage in commerce is just as intrinsic to our nature as is the desire to protect and nurture. Can we mo This book formalizes those nagging little voices in the back of our heads, that “the cash register is the daily voting booth in democratic capitalism”, and that one of the greatest flaws of the modern marketplace is how efficiently it has externalized the cost and losses of destroying the earth to taxpayers, away from corporate profits.

How much should it cost to dump a chemical down the drain when we have no idea what the effect might be to complex ecosystems across unknowable spans of time and space? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. That business has typically failed in guardianship roles thus far is more a result of poorly structured businesses not truly recognizing what is in their best interest over the long term.

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 a large corporate business to be concerned with. 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 true cost of products that includes the resulting damage done to people and the environment should be reflected in the price consumers pay and the taxes the businesses pay. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

A supermarket chain such as American Stores employsor more. The Ecology Of Commerce differs from the above mentioned in one og fundamental way. However I do not feel that the corresponding argument is true of business.

A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken. Nov 28, Ulrich rated it really liked it. Hawken is incredibly smart and addresses many of the problems in today’s capitalist society that are degrading the environment. Jul 27, The Capital Institute rated it it was amazing Shelves: I liked the book, but found Jensen rambled for far too long, and allowed his point to become diluted with over compensation into the realm of bitterness.

Cole, and Hilary A. Herein lies the core of Hawkin’s philosophy – that we must not try to change our very nature, but that we must employ it in better ways.

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He also discusses many ways in which we could lessen our huge impact on the environment, which basically focus on corporations and not citizen taxpayer dollars being responsible for cleaning up their own environmental mess. I don’t know whether it was Hawken that coined the term or not, but all comemrce his anecdotes and facts make the case for an imperative in yawken “restorative economics. The Problem of Civilisationwas written by Derrick Jensenand came in two separate parts – 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.

This is not the case. It is difficult for us to imagine that the ecological principle of carrying capacity can significantly affect us. These books annoy me because they make democrats, liberals, conservationists, environmentalists, etc out to be preachy and self-righteous, which does a disservice to us all.

A bit repetitive and maybe not tangible enough but the message is something I hope everyone can rally behind.

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Hawken’s proposed solutions, along the lines of replacing negative economic incentives taxes on income, profit, savings with Pigouvian taxes and other sustaina The beauty of this book is that I’m reading it towards the close of — two decades after its original publishing — and it’s still relevant. We collect this data via Google Analytics and our server, Mittwald. If, however, the market demands ethically-sourced eggs, then business shall provide.

We use cookies to collect cpmmerce browsing data such as location at a regional level, site referral, and site usage to help us analyze site traffic and improve user experience. In other words, we bought and sold the whole world in order to defeat a political movement. Rather than simply listing problems, Hawken began actually proposing some workable solutions including some novel takes on the concept of green taxes as well as the creation commrece utilities to manage common resources.

The Wcology of Commerce: Jan 28, Kris rated it really liked it.

It is merely the result of the present commercial system’s design and use. In buying products indiscriminately, in making un-informed decisions, we are endorsing the terrible behaviour in which our businesses engage – as he states – the till is the polling station of our world, and to willingly purchase battery eggs marks you as uninformed, or a wicked, worthless piece of shit. Throwing away trash, indeed the entire concept of It’s a sad comment on our society that twenty years later Hawkin’s dreams have not commercee to fruition and this book is not hopelessly outdated.

Hunter Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute. I read this long, long ago, when I was still a green youth in high school.

Creating a restorative economy means rethinking the fundamental purpose of business, according to Hawken. It is suggested that companies be responsible for the durable goods that they produce throughout the lifetime of the product.

The companies profiled in Everybody’s Business Almanac employ or support one-fourth of the U. At least, that’s what I gathered from the books slightly messy construction. The Ecology of Commerce, written in an easy-to-read style with plenty of hawkej and examples, asks the basic question: