This blog was originally posted on the website Valuing Nature.

The story may be familiar, but look who's saying it. Speth was founder of both the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute.

Will shifting from a GDP-driven society help solve the United States' environmental problems? In his new book, "The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability," James Gustave Speth, dean of the Yale School on environment and forestry, argues that U.S.-style consumer capitalism needs to change in order for any progress on the environment to occur.

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