Summary of Right Relationship

Building a Whole Earth Economy

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Right Relationship book summary
An economic look at environmentalism: Why society must align with Earth’s needs and end its devotion to growth and greed.


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Many books decry human greed, describe the degradation of the environment and end with a few short pages recommending reform. This isn’t that type of book. Instead, from the first page, Canadian environmentalists Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver agitate for a revolution in the way people use natural resources. They present an admirably solid case that the relationship between the Earth and the global economy must change, and soon. Whether their idealistic prescription (global governance institutions?) is realistic, however, remains to be seen. getAbstract recommends this book to leaders who seek a fresh perspective on sustainability and the economy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What is the “right relationship” between the environment and human activity, including the economy
  • How to foster that relationship


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As civilization takes an ever-greater toll, Earth’s ecosystem is on the verge of collapse. Every one of the planet’s billions of inhabitants cannot feasibly live a rich-world lifestyle, with cars, plane trips and large, air-conditioned...
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About the Authors

Peter G. Brown, Ph.D., is a professor at McGill University’s School of Environment, and author of Restoring the Public Trust and Ethics, Economics, and International Relations (published in North America as The Commonwealth of Life). Geoffrey Garver is an environmental consultant in Montreal and a trustee of the Quaker Institute for the Future.

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