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Book Review: Ecological Debt: The Health of the Planet and the Wealth of Nations by Andrew Simms
'Creative and compelling.'
The Guardian

'Essential reading.'
R K Pachauri, Head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

In Ecological Debt Andrew Simms argues that the wealth of the West was built on ecological debts, debts that are disproportionately a burden on the world's poor. Highlighting how and why this has happened, he also shows what steps we can take to correct this imbalance and preserve the ecosystem for future generations.

In this short, accessible book, Simms illustrates the consequences of the West's consumption patterns. Focusing on climate change, he looks at the ecological consequences and their effect on developing countries. And he argues that the West has a huge ecological debt towards developing countries, much bigger than the financial debt of developing countries towards industrialised nations. Finally, he shows how, in order to adapt to changing climate conditions and to pay back our debt to developing countries, we must rethink our lifestyles so that we can sustain the environment and create a more balanced global society.

Andrew Simms is policy director of nef (new economics foundation), a Global Footprint Network partner organization and award-winning independent British think-and-do tank. He attended the London School of Economics, led campaigns for several major aid and development agencies and was one of the original organisers of the Jubilee 2000 debt relief campaign.

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