A passion for less

  Did you know that the average American spends one year of his or her life watching TV commercials, that every year in this country 1.3 million acres are blacktopped, and that each day, nine square miles of rural land are turned over to development? Americans overconsume, yet remain unhappy, according to statistics in All Consuming Passion: Waking Up from the American Dream. This 23-page booklet about America's habits of consumption, environmental track record, population trends and values is the latest publication of the New Road Map Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit group dedicated to helping people obtain "financial sanity." The group is best known for Your Money or Your Life, a best-selling book advocating voluntary simplicity. The foundation's board members, all of whom try to follow the book's prescription for a self-sufficient life, include Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine & Miracles, and Paul Wachtel, author of The Poverty of Affluence. All proceeds from All Consuming Passion, as well as from Your Money or Your Life, are donated to groups across the country working for sustainability. Booklets are $1 from the New Road Map Foundation, P.O. Box 15981, Seattle, WA 98115 (206/527-0437).

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