In the face of looming ecological disaster, many people feel the need to change their own lifestyles as a tangible way of transforming our unsustainable culture. Radical Simplicity is the first book that guides the reader to a personal sustainability goal, then offers a process to monitor progress to a lifestyle that is equitable amongst all people, species, and generations. It employs three tools to help readers begin their customized journey to simplicity:It uses refined tools from Our Ecological Footprint so readers can measure how much nature is needed to supply all they consume and absorb their waste.
Jim Merkel quit his job as a military engineer following the Exxon Valdez disaster and has since worked to develop tools for personal and societal sustainability. He founded the Global Living Project to further this work and conducts workshops around North America on this topic.
This charming mystical adventure tale begins when the narrator meets Larso, an emissary from Hortishland. Larso reveals that the Hortish people call her Phtef, which means "One Who Cares," and have selected her to write their story. The result is "Hortishland" a chronicle of how the Hortish people have been struggling to fulfill their urgent mission: to save the Earth from destruction.
"Hortishland" describes the travails and triumphs of Darsa and Gerran and their family. Under the tutelage of celestial beings, magical beasts, and a mythic burden from their own deep past, the family sets out from its home in the village of Dream to find the lost Rock of Knowing. En route, they must fulfill a difficult task and undergo the transformative inner experience called the Eclady. If they succeed, their efforts and sacrifices will enable all of Dream, and eventually all of Hortishland, to reclaim its heritage and fulfill its purpose of saving Earth. If they fail, the future of our world will remain in jeopardy.