Part One is a short description of our situation,
as a species, on our planet.
It also suggests an encompassing goal to guide us
in the creation of a more eco-nomically secure future.
Part Two explains why the ecology or life-support system
of our planet is the foundation upon which
all our actions as a species rest.
It also shows that if we use eco-nomically sustainable methods
to supply ourselves, as a species, with the things we need and want,
it will strengthen our economies,
aid in bringing population growth under control,
and make us less vulnerable to natural phenomena
like earthquakes, floods, fires, diseases, etc.,
and to intentional human acts of destruction.
Part Three is about Eco-nomically Integrated Planning (EIP).
EIP is a method of land use planning aimed at
achieving eco-nomic sustainability on our planet.
Part Three also describes how to develop and use the tools
needed in this effort.
Part Four is the how to part of the book.
The primary aim of this section is to focus on how
we can maximize our energy, water, and food security
in ways that are eco-nomically sustainable.
Part Four also shows why our present strategies
for getting and using energy, water, food,
and the products of industry are not
in our short or long term interests.
Part Five offers some suggestions on what we can do
as individuals, families, business people, as artists and scientists,
through our educational institutions, governments,
religious and philosophic organizations, and the media
to help ourselves on the path to achieving eco-nomic sustainability.
Part five also includes the book’s new chapter — Achieving Eco-nomic
Security, The San Diego/Tijuana Region, A Case Study.
This chapter shows how this particular region,
given its particular vulnerabilities, can gracefully evolve from
its present non-sustainable economy to an economy
that is completely sustainable, and in ways that are cost-effective.