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Ecotopia 2121: A Vision for Our Future green Utopia - in 100 cities

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The futures of 100 geographically-real cities are presented in full color via scenario art with accompanying social studies explication. The full text is available from the publishers website or from any good bookstore. Links to previews and reviews of the book are available via the project website at: http://www.ecotopia2121.com/single-post/2017/01/24/A-Preview-of-Ecotopia-2121
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... The sustainable way forward is the evolution of societies in which fewer natural resources are used and life is organized differently with "sharing, simplicity, care, and the commons as primary significations" (Kallis et al., 2015, p.5). Equitable downscaling of production and consumption would engender the creation of a new set of local commons with innovative forms of living and producing, such as eco-communities, cooperatives, urban or rural gardens, and local currencies (Marshall, 2016). ...
... Tackling sustainability successfully goes against the grain of prevailing neoliberal economics and power politics. The overwhelming concern regarding the failure of both conventional government and of the markets to deliver fair sustainability has been universally regretted (Asara et al., 2015;Biermann et al., 2012;Kallis et al., 2015;Kothari et al., 2014;Marshall, 2016;Muraca, 2012). It is therefore a sign of the maturity of the Anthropocene that Biosphere Reserves are beginning to embrace decency, ecosystem care, and human wellbeing. ...
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