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Durning, Alan Thein

Overview
Works: 60 works in 153 publications in 5 languages and 6,706 library holdings
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: GF75, 333.713
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Most widely held works by Alan Thein Durning
How much is enough? : the consumer society and the future of the earth by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and Turkish and held by 1,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early in the age of affluence that began after World War II, retailing analyst Victor Lebow declared: "Our enormously productive economy ... demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption ... We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever increasing rate." Americans have risen to Mr. Lebow's call, and much of the world has followed. The wildfire advance of the consumer lifestyle around the globe marks the most rapid and fundamental change in day-to-day existence the human species has ever experienced. Over a few short generations, we in the affluent fifth of humanity have become car drivers, television watchers, mall shoppers, and throwaway buyers. The tragic irony is that while the consumer society has been stunningly effective in harming the environment, it has failed to provide us with a sense of fulfillment. Consumerism has hoodwinked us into gorging on material things because we suffer from social, psychological, and spiritual hungers. Yet the opposite extreme--poverty--may be even worse for the human spirit and devastates the environment too, as hungry peasants put forests to the torch and steep slopes to the plow. If the Earth suffers when people have either too little or too much, the questions arise: How much is enough? What level of consumption can the planet support? When do more things cease to add appreciably to human life? These are the issues that Alan Thein Durning tackles in his eloquent and thought-provoking How Much Is Enough? The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth. How Much Is Enough? is the second book in the Worldwatch Institute's new Environmental Alert Series. Ultimately, Durning argues, the linked fates of humanity and the natural realm depend on us, the consumers. We can curtail our use of ecologically destructive things and cultivate the deeper, nonmaterial sources of fulfillment that bring happiness: family and social relationships, meaningful work, and leisure. Or we can abrogate our responsibilities and allow our lifestyle to destroy the Earth
Saving the forests : what will it take? by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Power. Old forests, new jobs. Aiming for performance
Action at the grassroots : fighting poverty and environmental decline by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking stock : animal farming and the environment by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poverty and the environment : reversing the downward spiral by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apartheid's environmental toll by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stuff : the secret lives of everyday things by John C Ryan( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and Chinese and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guardians of the land : indigenous peoples and the health of the earth by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction. State of the nations. Homelands. Stewards. Rising from the
Building on success : the age of energy efficiency by Christopher Flavin( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This place on earth : home and the practice of permanence by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and Chinese and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The car and the city : 24 steps to safe streets and healthy communities by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simpler living, compassionate life : a Christian perspective by Michael Schut( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On its ten-year anniversary of publication, we are pleased to re-issue this popular title. Editor Michael Schut presents a rare collection of voices {u2014} Henri Nouwen, Cecile Andrews, Richard Foster and others {u2014} as they explore our use of money, the practice of simplicity, listening to our lives, widening our circle of community, and other topics at the core of how we live out our faith in our homes and workplaces. A study guide is included." -- Publisher's description
Misplaced blame : the real roots of population growth by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tax shift : how to help the economy, improve the environment, and get the tax man off our backs by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Green-collar jobs : working in the new Northwest by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Armutsfalle : die Beziehung zwischen Armut und Umwelt ; die Elendsspirale umdrehen by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in German and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This place on earth 2002 : measuring what matters( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zeitbombe Viehwirtschaft : Folgen der Massentierhaltung für die Umwelt ; eine ökologische Bilanz by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in German and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ni, huan zai kai che ma? : cheng shi yu sheng tai de yi chang hao du by Zhihua Yang( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in Chinese and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu shen ru de fen xi dou shi kuo zhang zhi cheng yin yu gong lu xing jian ji qi che ye fa zhan de zhi jie guan lian.Bing ju li shuo ming ren lei mu qian de zuo wei,Jiang shi de wei lai de zi sun fu chu ji wei ju tong de dai jia.Quan shu luo lie xu duo jian yi yu gai shan de xiang mu
¿Cuánto es bastante? : la sociedad de consumo y el futuro de la Tierra by Alan Thein Durning( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in Spanish and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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How much is enough? : the consumer society and the future of the earth
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Alan Durning American activist

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ألن ب. درننج

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Saving the forests : what will it take?Stuff : the secret lives of everyday thingsThis place on earth : home and the practice of permanenceThe car and the city : 24 steps to safe streets and healthy communitiesSimpler living, compassionate life : a Christian perspectiveMisplaced blame : the real roots of population growthTax shift : how to help the economy, improve the environment, and get the tax man off our backsGreen-collar jobs : working in the new Northwest