«Un uomo è ricco in proporzione del numero di cose delle quali può fare a meno»
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, ovvero vita nei boschi


Happy Degrowth and Human Revolution. The book

Economic crisis, environmental disasters, pollution, poverty, famine, wars, unemployment, violence, global warming, immigration, deforestation, globalization: issues and phenomena of our modern era. Matters to be tackled separately? Using economic growth and development of industry and technology as the only means for ensuring a better future for all humanity? Economics, politics, religion, culture, environment: areas of human life to be considered independent of each other? Happiness, well-being, dignity: words that still have sense? 

The text addresses the major issues of our society, starting from the foundations and building a technical and cultural theory for a radical and global change on all fronts. A clear, practical and essential proposal for the happiness of all human beings and not only.

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Five Pillars of Happy Degrowth and Human Revolution

1. Self-Production
Includes: the recovery of know-how, production of essential goods, exploitation of local resources and knowledge complemented by modern technologies, integrating generation, reducing working hours, natural consumption based on local products, healthy diet, lowering consumption of flesh, energy self-production.

2. Localization
Includes: the localization of production of consumer goods, the exploitation of local resources, organic agriculture, renewable energy, slow and short mobility, sustainable mobility, localization of work, local currency, neighborly relations and encouragement of exchanges and gifts.

3. Sobriety
Included: the 5 Rs, reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, reducing speed. In particular, the sobriety as a lifestyle and philosophy of life, live better with less, saving energy, reducing hours of work, reducing stress, reducing consumption especially if unnecessary and harmful, avoiding the disposable products, fostering the second hand purchase, reducing packaging, minimizing waste, reducing advertising especially if harmful.

4. Renewable energies and environmentally “clean” technologies
Includes: renewable energy sources and their judicious development and usage, self-production of energy, reducing pollution and increasing energy efficiency, scientific research aimed at reducing environmental impact in all areas, sustainable mobility, new technologies with reduced environmental impact, recovery and development of traditional techniques.

5. Human Relations and Non-Violence
It includes: promoting the development of direct human relations based on dialogue, sharing and exchange, point to a society based on cooperation rather than competition, reducing the role of some social-disruptive objects (TV, Internet, phone, car), building neighborly relations based on trust, respect and friendship, creating opportunities and meeting places and facilitating socialization, respecting differences of all kinds to resolve conflicts through peaceful dialogue and discussion, taking as reference the principles of non- violence in any situation.