The Best Books about Sustainability

The books featured below are a selection of the best books about sustainability we have read. Sustainability is obviously a broad domain which includes business, environment, economy, home/lifestyle, consumption, resource use, and so on. We have highlighted what we consider an approachable book in each subject area with a [...]

Corporate Psychopaths

Approximately one per cent of humans are psychopaths. However, many studies over the years have shown that three per cent or more of corporate leaders are psychopaths. One 2016 study reported that the rate could be much higher. The study of 261 corporate professionals in the supply chain management industry [...]


Envy, wanting what other people have, is greed’s evil twin. Envy can include wanting other people’s possessions, their lifestyle, their looks, their status and even their husband or wife. By nature, people compare themselves to others, and this causes no end of trouble. The drive to ‘keep up with the [...]

The Ways of Sustainabilism

Sustainabilism is the approach for achieving environmentally sustainable human well-being. Econation’s mission is to highlight the ways that enhance and contribute to the wellbeing of both people and planet. We also uncover and criticise the ways that harm the wellbeing of both people and planet. It just so happens [...]

Convenience and ease are a disease

The downsides of comfort and convenience Our economic system is geared to providing ever more convenience and ‘value-added’. Some convenience can certainly be good, but too much convenience is certainly bad. With its promise of comfort and ease, convenience attempts to eradicate all sorts of troubles, irritations and challenges [...]

Redefining progress

Since the industrial revolution started progress has always been quantified in one way or another: size, speed, number, amount, value, income, profit, productivity and countless other metrics. Based on this mode of definition people perceive progress as growth. Growth in size, speed, number, amount, value, income, profit, productivity and [...]

Dumb arguments for being irresponsible

The most frequent flyer on earth, Tom Stuker, when asked about his environmental impact said: “I'm not adding to the footprint. The plane is going to fly whether I'm on it or not”. This argument is as dumb as other dumb arguments like: “If he can do it, I [...]

COVID-19 and sustainability

The Coronaviris Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent lock-downs are unprecedented. It is a tragedy that so many people will fall ill and many will die. It is important that we learn from this emergency and not just so that we can avoid it happening again. During the time [...]

Learning self-sufficiency

The saying is: “If you give people a fish you feed them for a day, if you teach people to fish you feed them for a lifetime.” This is obviously about self-sufficiency, but it is also about sustainability. The self-sufficiency mindset Self-sufficiency is not just about growing your own food, [...]

Ritual display and sustainability

Ritual display in the animal kingdom is a way to signal potency. There are thousands of examples of animals with this trait from insects to peacocks to gorillas. It is a way for animals to compete without fighting. Fighting will often lead to serious injury, and sometimes death, so [...]