A Leap to an Ecological Economy was first published in English by Maison Hilton in October 2017. A second and a third edition followed and these were replaced by a revised third edition in August 2022 published by The Ewings Publishing.
The objective of this book was and is to present concisely an account as complete as possible of the changes in economic thinking and practices that could enable the human race to address climate change successfully and also bring bring about an economy that is sustainable in the long term. The objective never was to provide solutions but rather to increase awareness of the need for economic change and to suggest some directions and encourage debate on the whole range of possible solutions.
Early comments on this series of editions
I have read your book and … it remains the book I would have liked to have written. … You have described a way forward … Thank you for your important contribution to the literature in the field of ecological economics.”
Glenn Griffin MD, MSc, MEd
Convinced the present … economic system can’t help us survive imminent collapse from … the climate crisis, Derek Paul sets out a new hopeful ecological economics, based on the life principle, the recognition that all life … is interconnected and dependent on Earth for survival. Paul’s ecological economics would replace the present economy of waste with a sustainable system. In a well-organized text with succinct chapters and useful scholarly references, he aims to promote discussion at both community and policy-making levels.
Phyllis Creighton (historian, editor).
… Naming the major elements that have to shift … and the key steps to make the shift, moves the debate beyond … the end of oil into the emergent shape of the new paradigm … my deep appreciation for your work …
Bob Fugere, NGO director.
Bravo for an extraordinary effort to see things right. The book is both modest and immoderately visionary … yet it covers a vast expanse without coming across as superficial. On the contrary you have done and summarized a great amount of diligence in addressing a subject of truly immense scope and complexity.
Franklyn Griffiths, Prof Emeritus, Political Science.
The aim of this book is certainly essential, and I find myself in agreement with all the major topics expressed and explained in the 22 chapters. … I certainly will pass the book along to friends to learn … the important message expressed so succinctly here.
J. Hellebust, biologist
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