Meadowlark Economics
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Global warming threatens the extinction of life on Earth. It can no longer be a question of the economy or the environment. We can all have "enough," and we can all do more to help the environment. But if we don't do both — we will have neither.

Professor Eggert's thought-provoking new book, “Meadowlark Economics: Exploring Values for a Sustainable Future” (revised) (copyright 2015; Booklocker Inc.) contains 20 essays and uses the meadowlark as a symbol for what has gone wrong with our economy and as a symbol of what is essential to our existence.

Alarmed by the gradual disappearance of the meadowlark from his local countryside, Professor Eggert began to examine both the economic and ecological factors at work. His investigation soon led him to explore alternatives to our traditional views of economics.

Professor Eggert writes: "Considering the problems we face in our immediate and long-run futures — and the slow evolution of economic values we are seeing in response — I sometimes wonder about the relevancy of my fellow economists. Among our shortcomings is our limited understanding of the many ecological consequences of our economic decisions.

"Note that “economics” and “ecology” have the same prefix — eco — from the Greek oikos, which literally means “house-hold.” The original definition of economics therefore implied a careful stewardship of household resources, whereas ecology compels us to try to understand and appreciate the interrelation-ships within Nature’s “household.”

"I believe these two households are becoming more inter-dependent and their futures more and more intimately linked. When we fail to calculate ecological values or see the connections, we pave the way for losses that are both unintended and unwanted.

"One example (on a small scale, to be sure) is occurring in and around our dairy farming region of the upper Midwest. We are losing our meadowlarks!

"Those of us who walk, bike, or jog along our rural roads enjoy the few meadowlarks that are left. Their song is pleasing, their color and swoop-of-flight enchanting. The complete disappearance of meadowlarks would, plain and simple, be ethically wrong, and would also diminish the quality and richness of our lives.

"Why are we losing our meadowlarks?"

In addition to "Meadowlark Economics," which examines the value of the meadowlark and how we can all be meadowlark economists, the book includes "Thoreau as Economic Prophet," “”Topsoil Drama,” Darwin's Finches and Ford's Mustangs," "Then the Sun Came Up," "Craftsmanship and Salvation," and "The Coming Repair Age."

James Eggert is a writer and emeritus faculty member of the University of Wisconsin — Stout where he taught undergraduate students for 33 years. He also is the author of "What is Economics (fourth edition)," "Invitation to Economics," "Low-Cost Earth Shelters," and “The Wonder of the Tao.”

“Meadowlark Economics: Exploring Values for a Sustainable Future” ($13.95 for print and $5.99 for the e-book version) is available at all online book sellers or can be ordered through any brick and mortar bookstore.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
The Latest Skysports News C
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a strange season but was back to his best in Tuesday night's impressive Champions League win over Wolfsburg, according to Guillem Balague. Ronaldo has had an indifferent campaign, but was at his destructive peak at the Bernabeu, netting a hat-trick to bring Real Madrid back from…
By: Rocky Rogers8 in  News and Society  >  Environmental   May 21, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Do Something About It!
For me, there is no worse sound in the world then the "BEEP, BEEP, BEEP' of heavy equipment. It means that something is getting destroyed, and it is usually habitat. Today, as I headed out to do my morning chores on the farm, I noticed a Rappahanock Electric Co-op truck…
By: Shelley5 in  News and Society  >  Environmental   May 18, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

High Quality Effort for High Stakes Disaster!
The commodities required during a rescue effort can be extensive. It becomes really difficult to outline how to rate different products and service. However the need is evaluated on the basis of how a certain product can provide an immediate positive impact on the displaced people. Typical products like food…
By: Yang Lee in  News and Society  >  Environmental   May 16, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Do You Need A Personal Trainer Henley - on - thames?
If you have been trying to lose weight, but have not been able to reach your goals, you should consider investing in Personal Training Henley-On-Thames. Even though there are so many ways in which you could manage to reach the desired physique, you should know that this task can be…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  News and Society  >  Environmental   May 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Recycling Precious Metals is A Wise Choice
Choosing to recycle any type of precious metal is a wise decision for several reasons. Not only is this type of metal worth money, it is always beneficial to recycle and reuse our resources to sustain our environment. Precious metal comes in many shapes, forms, and colors. Continue reading to…
By: Sarahbeth in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Apr 28, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Tire Disposal And Tire Recycling
The environmental problems have become so widespread that we cannot afford to ignore this anymore. There are many alarming issues as far as the environmental devastation is concerned, and one such threat to your surroundings is caused by the inappropriate utilization of tires that are worn out. Although people keep…
By: Gerard Kamen in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Apr 12, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Who is Participating In IPL 2016
An Overview of IPL 2016 9th April to 29th May 2016 is the schedule of 9th edition of Indian Premiere League. Mumbai Indians is the defending champion team of this tournament due to which the first match of IPL 2016 and the final match of the tournament will be played…
By: lilyjhon in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Apr 09, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Global Warming
The role of poverty in many aspects of life is a well-documented chronicle which stares the world in the face. Poverty has immense contribution to gender imbalance, abuse of rights, inability to access good food, water, healthcare amongst others. This time, poverty has revealed that its tentacles are also in…
By: Md. Mehedi Hasan in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Apr 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Effective Disaster Rescue Operations Were Lost, Now Found!
In a disaster situation the service provider is a companion for the vulnerable people. An all-encompassing paradigm must be built to relieve the people of their worries. This is quite intricate and only a seasoned service provider would live up to the expectations and demands of the situation. The article…
By: Yang Lee in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Apr 01, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Best Ankle Surgery In India
An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments that support the ankle. A sprained ankle is a very common injury. A sprained ankle can happen to athletes and non-athletes, children and adults. It can happen when you take part in sports and physical fitness activities. It can also happen…
By: DR. Gaurav Gupta in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Feb 25, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Vancouver is A Rainforest
Vancouver ranks as the #2 rainiest city in the world, next to London. The measure used is “most days of rain per year,” as opposed to most rainfall in total, in which case cities in South America or South East Asia would win, as they get more rainfall in a…
By: michael61 in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Mar 08, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Glass Recycling - Benefits From Glass Recyclers for Bars, Hotels & Restaurants
The fact that a single glass bottle may take up to 1 million years to break down by itself, you start to appreciate the importance of bottle crushers for bars. Glass is made from sand, soda and limestone, which make it safer and healthier than the plastic. As non –reactive…
By: Alex Mayers in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Jul 15, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Check Out the Reasons for Glass Recycling
Glass recycling and waste management are two main environmental issues in every state when it comes to waste reduction and composing recycling plans. Both the national landfills and the packaging regulations are aimed to achieve ecological goals. Glass as the most used packaging material is widely included in many recycling…
By: Alex Mayers in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Aug 24, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Waste Clearance London - Recycling is the Only Way Out!
Rather than doing it yourself, it is better to avail the advantages of a professional waste clearance service provider. It will not only be hassle free but will be there at your convenient time at a reasonable price. Thus it is time saving and cost effective. The best way to…
By: Article Cosmos in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Jan 10, 2014  
0
  Likes: 0

Say Goodbye to Your Loved One With Ash Scattering Ceremony
Are you experiencing the pain of losing a loved one? Do you want to honor their memory, celebrate the life of that person, celebrate their life, move on and provide special closure for that person all at the same time? We have something special in mind for you There are…
By: Nathaniel Hilson in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Nov 19, 2014  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 996    Report this Article