CONCLUSIONA Living Economy for Living Earth

When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.

—ALANIS OBOMSAWIN of the Abenaki tribe

Once an emergent phenomenon has appeared, it can’t be changed by working backwards, by changing the local parts that gave birth to it. You can only change an emergent phenomenon by creating a countervailing force of greater strength


Between impossibility and possibility, there is a door, the door of hope. And the possibility of history’s transformation lies through that door.

—JIM WALLIS, The Soul of Politics

Twenty years ago, ...

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