This book discussed the issue of consumer society and environmental problems on earth very thoroughly. It logically links consumption to environmental problems. And presents clearly what should be done. However, it does not discuss in depth on what radical changes we can do. So "The conserver society" fills in the gap.
This book divides into three main parts. The first part "Assessing consumption", discuss the conundrum and rewards of consumption. The conundrum ="Limiting the consumer life-style to those who have already attained it is not politically possible, morally defensible, or ecologically sufficient. And extending that life-style to all would simply hasten the ruin of the biosphere." However, we did not get more satisfy or happy having many things, as in the book "The tragic irony of this momentous transition is that the historic rise of the consumer society has been quite effective in harming the environment, but not in providing people with a fulfilling life."
The second part "Searching for sufficiency" use food, transportation and stuff of things to illustrate the problems of consumer society.
The third part "Taming consumerism" states that radical changes are needed. "If we attempt to preserve the consumer economy indefinitely, ecological forces will dismantle it savagely. If we proceed to dismantle it gradually ourselves. We will have the opportunity of replacing it with a low-consumption economy that can endure - an economy of permanence."
This book shows us why we have to change our lifestyle in order to achieve sustainability....Continua