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A global journey to find the sources of all the stuff in one manвЂ™s lifeВ—and its social and environmental footprint Where does everything in our daily lives come from? The clothes on our backs, the computers on our desks, the cabinets in our kitchens, and the spices behind their doors? Under what conditionsВ—environmental and socialВ—are they harvested or manufactured? In Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, Fred Pearce shows us the hidden worlds that sustain a Western lifestyle, and he does it by examining the sources of everything in his own life; as an ordinary citizen of the Western world, he, like all of us, is an В“eco-sinner.вЂќ In conversational and convivial prose, Pearce surveys his home and then starts out on a global tour to track down, among other things, the Kenyans who grow and harvest his fair trade coffee (which isnвЂ™t as fair as one might hope), the women in the Bangladeshi sweat shops who sew his jeans, and the Chinese factory cities where the worldвЂ™s computers are made. ItвЂ™s a fascinating portrait, by turns sobering and hopeful, of the effects the worldвЂ™s more than 6 billion inhabitantsВ—all eating, consuming, makingВ—have on our planet, and of the working and living conditions of the people who produce most of these goods.
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Fred Pearce (born 30 December 1951) is an English author and journalist based in London. He is a science writer, reporting on the environment, popular science and development issues from 64 countries over the past 20 years.
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