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Green Alternatives to Globalisation: A Manifesto [Paperback]

Michael Woodin , Caroline Lucas
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20 April 2004
'Essential reading for anyone wanting to move beyond critiques of economic globalisation to coherent and credible alternatives.' Dame Anita Roddick DBE

'Woodin and Lucas set out an eloquent and passionate argument which not only challenges the convenient assumption that economic globlisation is inevitable, but which also explodes the myth that globalisation benefits the poor.' Vandana Shiva

'A genuine alternative that promotes policies for people and the planet. If more politicians thought like this, we would live in a far better world.' Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth (UK)

Written by two of the UK Green Party's most inspirational figures, this book is an accessible and concise statement of the Green alternatives to economic globalisation. Arguing that globalisation increases poverty, undermines democracy, and destroys the environment, the authors demonstrate the urgent need for a new approach - economic localisation - that is based
on the Green principles of equity, ecology and democracy.

Michael Woodin and Caroline Lucas show how economic localisation could be adopted and applied to help solve many of the current international crises, including climate change, trade and development, agriculture, and international security.

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (20 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745319327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745319322
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential reading for anyone wanting to move beyond critiques of economic globalisation to coherent and credible alternatives....Woodin and Lucas distinguish themselves as two of the very few British politicians able and willing not only to imagine a different world, but to set out practical steps to reach it. (Dame Anita Roddick DBE)

We stand at a crucial point in history. One future leads to spiraling inequality, insecurity and environmental decline - another road heads toward sustainability. Most of our elected representatives know only one way ahead - the way of corporate globalisation. So here is the exception, not more anti-globalisation or pro-globalisation, but a genuine alternative that promotes policies for people and the planet. If more politicians thought like this, we would live in a far better world. (Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth (UK))

Policy makers are trying to make failed economic theory work, like farmers trying to milk a dead cow. Caroline Lucas and Mike Woodin know its time to move on and try something different. Here is proof that there are alternatives. Some things about globalisation are here to stay, like information technology and rapid cultural diffusion . But the policies that lead to greater gaps between rich and poor, promote social alienation and destroy diversity have been made by policy makers and so can be 'unmade.' This book tells us how to begin that transformation. (Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation)

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'Essential reading for anyone wanting to move beyond critiques of economic globalisation to coherent and credible alternatives....Woodin and Lucas distinguish themselves as two of the very few British politicians able and willing not only to imagine a different world, but to set out practical steps to reach it.'
Dame Anita Roddick DBE

'We stand at a crucial point in history. One future leads to spiraling inequality, insecurity and environmental decline - another road heads toward sustainability. Most of our elected representatives know only one way ahead - the way of corporate globalisation. So here is the exception, not more anti-globalisation or pro-globalisation, but a genuine alternative that promotes policies for people and the planet. If more politicians thought like this, we would live in a far better world.'

TONY JUNIPER, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth (UK)


'Policy makers are trying to make failed economic theory work, like farmers trying to milk a dead cow. Caroline Lucas and Mike Woodin know its time to move on and try something different. Here is proof that there are alternatives. Some things about globalisation are here to stay, like information technology and rapid cultural diffusion . But the policies that lead to greater gaps between rich and poor, promote social alienation and destroy diversity have been made by policy makers and so can be 'unmade.' This book tells us how to begin that transformation.'
Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation

'Ever since the start of the mass protest movement against globalization during the last decade, the world has been seeking clear, articulate, alternative positive solutions. Now "Green Alternatives To Globalization, A Manifesto," sets out a visionary agenda and is absolutely required reading for anyone dedicated to the survival of the earth, local cultures and economies, and democracies. The authors provide practical, viable, do-able strategies and plans that could successfully turn the world away from the
devastations and injustices of corporate globalization. This book is a blueprint for a future world of democracy, peace, economic security, and cultural and ecological enrichment. Please read it.'
Jerry Mander, President, International Forum On Globalization

'As we edge into the 21st Century, we can hear the environment and the poorest people of our world crying in pain if we listen hard enough-this book is a serious contribution to the only kind of thinking that will begin
to address the problems that are facing us. The structured form, connected arguments, and rigorous analysis make it an
exceptionally valuable contribution not simply to the debate, but as a solid foundation for action and political policy development well done, Caroline and Mike'

Robin Harper. MSP Principal Speaker,Scottish Green Party - Robin Harper

'Woodin and Lucas set out an eloquent and passionate argument which not only challenges the convenient assumption that economic globlisation is inevitable, but which also explodes the myth that globalisation benefits the poor'
Vandana Shiva --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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Guess What? Nottingham NHS is saving millions of £ by purchasing food from local farmers as reported in the news this morning. This is exactly what Woodin and Lucas said could happen if we move away from globalisation and move towards supporting local businesses. Many still think that Green policies are pie in the sky but this demonstrates that they are in fact offering viable alternatives. The book has some interesting statistics on world trade and the great EU "Swap Shop" and the negative effect that Globalisation has on our own and the 3rd world economy. The book suggests a range of alternatives including local currencies, ecological tax reform and that we need quite radical change in many other areas. All very relevant given the present economic mess we are in, the looming energy crisis and the climate. It does lack ideas/alternatives for developing Green entrepreneurship and enticing private investment into Green technology but then they are not entrepreneurs."
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