Transition Putney Hosts JIM MERKLE, Author of Radical Simplicity Monday, March 8 7 – 8:30 pm Putney Library

March 9, 2010 @ 12:00 am – 1:30 am
Putney Library

Transition Putney Hosts JIM MERKLE, Author of Radical Simplicity

Monday, March 8

7 – 8:30 pm

Putney Library

Imagine you are first in line at a potluck buffet. The spread includes not just food and water, but all the materials needed for shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education. How do you know how much to take? How much is enough to leave for your neighbors behind you — not just the six and a half billion people, but the wildlife, and the as-yet-unborn?

In the face of climate change and wars coupled with a stressful daily grind, many people feel the need to transition their own lifestyles to align with their spiritual values and transform our unsustainable culture. This presentation will engage your heart and mind in taking the next steps.

Since the release of Radical Simplicity in 2003, Jim’s book has been used in dozens of college classes, translated into Spanish, inspired a video titled Radically simple and has been assigned first-year reading at Longwood University. Now in its third printing, its content is ever-more relevant in the face of global insecurities.

Who Should Attend This Presentation?

Do you seek a life of purpose, service and personal sustainability? Are you shaken by the current economic and ecological climate? Do you feel chronically stressed? Do you hunger to contribute to humanity’s most pressing challenges? Do you feel excited about the possibilities of increased freedom and wholesome low-impact living? The all-too-powerful consumeristic dream hasn’t delivered the security and happiness it promised. Even the most dedicated ‘alternativo’ might find a globally sustainable lifestyle illusive and feel alone in working toward change. This retreat will engage you in the art, science and practice of deeply sustainable and equitable living.

About Jim Merkle

Jim Merkel is an American Author, volunteer, and engineer that moved from involvement in the military industry to pioneering in simplicity. His book, Radical simplicity: small footprints on a finite Earth offers a path to deeply sustainable way of living respectful of all life. His recent work helped Dartmouth College earn high grades on the Sustainability Report Card issued by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. Jim founded the Global Living Project and currently writes, lectures and consults with campuses and municipalities on sustainability initiatives. His loves include gathering wild edibles, being in the wilds, playing bass and digging potatoes.

“Jim Merkel offers a special mix of practicality and idealism: a workable mix. I defy you to read this book [Radical Simplicity] and not come away thinking of ways your life might change for the better.”

-Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

“Jim Merkel has written the most persuasive argument I have yet seen for all of us to radically change the way we live day-to-day. Radical Simplicity joins the evidence of science to a fertile imagination. This is a profoundly important book.”

-Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States

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