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Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy Hardcover – 25 Jun 2013

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (25 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137278552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137278555
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,602,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Larkin offers a comprehensive framework to connect the causes of [the environmental and financial] crises to ensure businesses are not derailed by environmental problems' - The Irish Times

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An award-winning environmental activist and consultant argues that, far from being a roadblock to growth, conservation is imperative to economic success

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It's a no brainer that business can ill afford its blindspot to the environmental short termism of its ways, but it took Ms Larkin to present a framework for honest accounting that promises to align economic self-interest with longterm common interest. Her arguments are powerfully presented on a solid foundation constructed upon unquestionable ethics, sound economic thinking and practical business and environmental experience acquired over many years. Those who dare to challenge her conclusions will have to grapple with the truth she exposes about the hidden costs within our economies and the consequences to our societies. The old mantra that we cannot afford to invest in the environment because we need to focus on growth is Easter Island economics. Challenge your own preconceived notions and read this book!
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Pragmatic and hopeful, a must read! 12 Nov. 2013
By Kathleen Arcuri - Published on
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After reading Amy Larkin's book, I was so inspired, I decided to volunteer with RESOLVE, an NGO working towards solutions for some of our most complex and conflicted environmental issues. Amy has been a tireless environmental activist who, in this well-documented analysis, clearly and powerfully illuminates the destructive impacts of business-as-usual, not only on the environment, but on our economy and ultimtely on our way of life. Unlike many other screeds cautioning about ecological devastation, however, Environmental Debt delineates market-based and pragmatic solutions to some of our problems, not just for the future but many that are being implemented right now. RESOLVE, with whom Amy is affiliated as a strategic partner, has been a part of some of these solutions.

As I devoured her book, my feelings of hopelessness and helplessness about the mess we have made here on planet earth morphed into stirrings of optimism and excitement. Perhaps we can't solve all of our problems with perfectly crafted solutions on the global and comprehensive scale required, but there are things that can be done as business and government and environmental groups work together. For example, large multi-nationals like McDonalds, Puma, Tiffany and Company, and Unilever have already taken steps to become more responsible environmnetal stewards. So perhaps all is not lost; and if so, I definitely want to be a part of the effort to make a difference.
Amy Larkin’s well-written Environmental Debt pragmatically asserts that now is ... 1 Sept. 2014
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Amy Larkin’s well-written Environmental Debt pragmatically asserts that now is the time for larger corporations and their employees, citizens and their elected representatives, and concerned NGOs to get busy cooperatively in service of a healthier planet earth. To that end, she proposes a new conceptual framework – Nature Means Business -- a revolutionary yet pragmatic way to understand the relationship between corporate profit and the planet’s natural resources, some of which are perilously unstable (e.g., water). The bottom line is . . . you cannot have healthy businesses without having a healthy planet, too, so all costs must be accounted for. I finished this book enlightened, inspired and convinced by Amy's clear thinking and writing. I was also encouraged by the examples of "big businesses" that have already taken concrete actions in the direction of NMB.
It's a three star kind of book 27 May 2015
By Ethan H. - Published on
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I really enjoy books on both economics and environmentalism. Larkin is able to draw the necessary links between the two and provide hopeful solutions based on previous practices of companies and governments. Overall, the book has some okay ideas and it gave great examples of steps currently being taken. However, I found that at times the message was lost in a desperate cry for unspecific action. I would have liked if the call to action in this book was a little more tactful. We have some serious environmental debt that needs to be acknowledge by governments, business, and individual citizens. I wouldn't run to the book store to buy this book, but if it is in easy reach it is a worthwhile read.
Enlightening! 30 Aug. 2013
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I was gratified to find out that there are corporate entities that are actually proactive. There is hope yet. Also liked that there is a website included for action items.
Enviormentalism and free market working together 15 May 2014
By Sheila Hansen - Published on
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This kind of information is revolutionary. It blows up the myth that our economy is currently, genuinely market-driven and frees our thinking to see green energy as an economically viable solution, especially when combined with the positive examples of what is being done not only by grass roots activists but at the heart of the corporate policy.
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