Less is More
‘A powerfully disruptive book for disrupted times … If you’re looking for transformative ideas, this book is for you.’ KATE RAWORTH, economist and author of Doughnut Economics
A Financial Times Book of the Year
Our planet is in trouble. But how can we reverse the current crisis and create a sustainable future? The answer is: DEGROWTH.
Less is More is the wake-up call we need. By shining a light on ecological breakdown and the system that’s causing it, Hickel shows how we can bring our economy back into balance with the living world and build a thriving society for all. This is our chance to change course, but we must act now.
‘A masterpiece… Less is More covers centuries and continents, spans academic disciplines, and connects contemporary and ancient events in a way which cannot be put down until it’s finished.’ DANNY DORLING, Professor of Geography, University of Oxford
‘Jason is able to personalise the global and swarm the mind in the way that insects used to in abundance but soon shan’t unless we are able to heed his beautifully rendered warning.’ RUSSELL BRAND
‘Jason Hickel shows that recovering the commons and decolonizing nature, cultures, and humanity are necessary conditions for hope of a common future in our common home.’ VANDANA SHIVA, author of Making Peace With the Earth
‘This is a book we have all been waiting for. Jason Hickel dispels ecomodernist fantasies of “green growth”. Only degrowth can avoid climate breakdown. The facts are indisputable and they are in this book.’ GIORGIS KALLIS, author of Degrowth
‘Capitalism has robbed us of our ability to even imagine something different; Less is More gives us the ability to not only dream of another world, but also the tools by which we can make that vision real.’ ASAD REHMAN, director of War on Want
‘One of the most important books I have read … does something extremely rare: it outlines a clear path to a sustainable future for all.’ RAOUL MARTINEZ, author of Creating Freedom
‘Jason Hickel takes us on a profound journey through the last 500 years of capitalism and into the current crisis of ecological collapse. Less is More is required reading for anyone interested in what it means to live in the Anthropocene, and what we can do about it.’ ALNOOR LADHA, co-founder of The Rules
‘Excellent analysis…This book explores not only the systemic flaws but the deeply cultural beliefs that need to be uprooted and replaced.’ ADELE WALTON
Jason Hickel shows that recovering the commons and decolonizing nature, cultures, and humanity are necessary conditions for hope of a common future in our common home. By extracting less we leave more for other species, other people and future generations, thus creating well-being for all. In an ecologically interconnected world, less is more. -- Vandana Shiva, philosopher of physics and author of Making Peace with the Earth A masterpiece... Less is More covers centuries and continents, spans academic disciplines, and connects contemporary and ancient events in a way which cannot be put down until it's finished. So much needs to change; although beginning that change might require nothing more than asking the right question. -- Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography, University of Oxford Eye-opening and passionate, Jason Hickel shows how the insatiable drive to increase GDP has caused the ecological crisis, reveals the historical and colonial roots of capitalism and argues that an ecologically sensitive economic based on 'degrowth' is essential for us to flourish. * New Scientist * A powerfully disruptive book for disrupted times. Jason Hickel takes all we've been been told about growth and development and turns it inside out, offering instead a radically possible vision of a post-growth future. If you're looking for transformative ideas, this book is for you. -- Kate Raworth, economist and author of Doughnut Economics Jason is able to personalise the global and swarm the mind with ideas ... Heed his beautifully rendered warning. -- Russell Brand
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