Life Rules: Nature's Blueprint for Surviving Economic and Environmental Collapse

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Corporate capitalism has ravaged the planet the same way HIV ravages the human body, triggering a critical mass of cascading environmental, economic, social, and political crises. Economic and climate instability, collapsing ecosystems, peak fossil fuels, devastating resource wars—if the Earth were a patient, her condition would be critical. Life Rules offers a comprehensive analysis of our present circumstances, combined with a holistic treatment protocol for restoring health to vulnerable human and natural communities.


Predicting that Life will last, but if we don't make some fundamental changes, life as we know it—and a lot of us—won't, Life Rules identifies natural laws that have allowed non-human communities to thrive and prosper for several billion years, including:



  • Local self-reliance
  • Mutual interdependence
  • Reliance on non-fossil sources of energy
  • Resource conservation, sharing, and recycling
  • Radically democratic self-organization and governance

This sobering yet essentially optimistic manifesto is required reading for anyone concerned about our ability to live within Earth's means. A powerful tool for community transition and cultural transformation, Life Rules offers a solution to our global challenges that is at once authentically hopeful, deeply inspiring, and profoundly liberating.


Ellen LaConte is acting director of the EarthWalk Alliance, a contributing editor to Green Horizon Magazine and The Ecozoic, a frequent talk show guest, and publisher of the Starting Point online newsletter. She has written two books about Helen and Scott Nearing, homesteaders and best-selling authors of Living the Good Life, and she is the author of the upcoming environmental novel Afton.


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WHY SO MUCH IS GOING WRONG EVERYWHERE AT ONCE AND HOW LIFE TEACHES US TO FIX IT

There are no easy answers to the present challenge of overcoming the obstacles to the survival of our species, but LaConte’s book offers the wisdom we need to face up to it. --James Robertson, Founder, new economics foundation, and author of Future Money; Future Work; Future Wealth

This book succeeds in being both comprehensive and inspiring in its diagnosis and prescription. -- Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, and author of The End of Growth

In much the same way HIV ravages the human body, the global economy has ravaged the planet triggering a Critical Mass of economic and climate instability, collapsing ecosystems, peak fossil fuels and devastating resource wars. Life Rules offers a comprehensive analysis of our present circumstances combined with a holistic treatment protocol for restoring health to vulnerable human and natural communities.

Author Ellen LaConte identifies natural laws that have allowed non-human communities to thrive and prosper for several billion years, including:
· Local self-reliance
· Mutual interdependence
· Reliance on non-fossil sources of energy
· Resource conservation, sharing and recycling
· Co-operation and co-intelligence
· Radically democratic self-organization and governance.

This sobering yet essentially optimistic manifesto is required reading for anyone concerned about our ability to live well and also within Earth's means. A powerful tool for community transition and cultural transformation, Life Rules offers a solution to our global challenges that is at once authentically hopeful, deeply inspiring and profoundly liberating.

If there were someone with authority to require all candidates for high public office to read certain books in preparation for the responsibilities they aspire to undertake, Ellen LaConte’s Life Rules should be high on the list of urgently required reading. -- William R. Catton, Jr., author of Overshoot

Life Rules is a tour de force and a book to carry with you in the years to come.-- Chellis Glendinning, author of My Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization

Ellen LaConte is Acting Director of the EarthWalk Alliance, a contributing editor to Green Horizon Magazine and The Ecozoic, a frequent talk show guest, and publisher of Starting Point online newsletter. She has written two books about Helen and Scott Nearing, homesteaders and bestselling authors of Living the Good Life, and she is the author of the upcoming environmental novel, Afton.
|WHY SO MUCH IS GOING WRONG EVERYWHERE AT ONCE AND HOW LIFE TEACHES US TO FIX IT

There are no easy answers to the present challenge of overcoming the obstacles to the survival of our species, but LaConte’s book offers the wisdom we need to face up to it. --James Robertson, Founder, new economics foundation, and author of Future Money; Future Work; Future Wealth

This book succeeds in being both comprehensive and inspiring in its diagnosis and prescription. -- Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, and author of The End of Growth

In much the same way HIV ravages the human body, the global economy has ravaged the planet triggering a Critical Mass of economic and climate instability, collapsing ecosystems, peak fossil fuels and devastating resource wars. Life Rules offers a comprehensive analysis of our present circumstances combined with a holistic treatment protocol for restoring health to vulnerable human and natural communities.

Author Ellen LaConte identifies natural laws that have allowed non-human communities to thrive and prosper for several billion years, including:
Local self-reliance
Mutual interdependence
Reliance on non-fossil sources of energy
Resource conservation, sharing and recycling
Co-operation and co-intelligence
Radically democratic self-organization and governance.

This sobering yet essentially optimistic manifesto is required reading for anyone concerned about our ability to live well and also within Earth's means. A powerful tool for community transition and cultural transformation, Life Rules offers a solution to our global challenges that is at once authentically hopeful, deeply inspiring and profoundly liberating.

If there were someone with authority to require all candidates for high public office to read certain books in preparation for the responsibilities they aspire to undertake, Ellen LaConte’s Life Rules should be high on the list of urgently required reading. -- William R. Catton, Jr., author of Overshoot

Life Rules is a tour de force and a book to carry with you in the years to come.-- Chellis Glendinning, author of My Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization

Ellen LaConte is Acting Director of the EarthWalk Alliance, a contributing editor to Green Horizon Magazine and The Ecozoic, a frequent talk show guest, and publisher of Starting Point online newsletter. She has written two books about Helen and Scott Nearing, homesteaders and bestselling authors of Living the Good Life, and she is the author of the upcoming environmental novel, Afton.

About the Author:

Ellen LaConte is Acting Director of the EarthWalk Alliance, a contributing editor to Green Horizon Magazine and The Ecozoic and former editor of Farmstead magazine. Author of On Light Alone and Free Radical, memoirs about Helen and Scott Nearing, influential homesteaders and bestselling authors of Living the Good Life, LaConte has been published in The Sun, East/West Journal, New Perspectives, Country Journal, Convergence and Gaia: A Literary & Environmental Journal, and in numerous websites and trade journals. After twenty three years homesteading in Mid-Coast Maine, she resides now in the Piedmont bioregion of North Carolina. www.ellenlaconte.com.

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