Are you trying harder and harder to get things done? Stop it. Stop right now, and enjoy your life. You might live longer, and help save the planet as well.

That’s the message from Cecile Andrews, author of “Slow Is Beautiful”. Her book tour speech of the same name has been heavily downloaded from our web site.

Now Cecile has a new book out this year, called “Less Is More, Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, A Caring Economy and a Lasting Happiness”
– co-authored with Wanda Urbanska.

Way back last Spring, in our May 22nd 2009 Radio Ecoshock Show, I teased listeners with the first 15 minutes of Cecile’s book tour speech. Now you’ll hear the rest.

If we want to seriously save the planet, we need to bail out of consumerism, measuring ourselves by the brand names we buy. It turns out, we shop because we’re unhappy with ourselves. And we’re unhappy, because we have so few connections with family and community. The answer: build community and the simplicity movement.

It’s something you can do yourself. Cecile Andrews tells you how. But why be so serious about it? Cecile’s speech made me laugh out loud, and she wants you to have fun too.

Here is Cecile Andrews, continuing her talk called “Simplicity”.

We’re examining our need to rush around and buy things. Maybe there’s a better way. Cecile Andrews is a community educator, with a doctorate and a wicked sense of humor. She and her husband Paul are founders of the Phinney Ecovillage, a project to build Sustainability and Community in her North Seattle Neighborhood.

Andrews’ previous books include “Slow Is Beautiful” and “Circle of Simplicity”. The new book contains short essays from many helpful authors. For example, Sarah Susanka talks about the role of clutter in our lives, while David Korten works on connecting and caring.

Andrews is also involved in the Take Back Your Time campaign, which has asked Congress to make 3 weeks vacation a minimum for all Americans. Find that at

Find Cecile’s blog at You can download her full talk from the Speeches section of our Audio on Demand menu, at

I’d like to thank Josh Reimer of VIP Video in Vancouver for his recording.

So what do you think? Can we give up our compulsion to go for the fast lane, no matter what it costs the planet – or our own sanity? Are you ready for slow talk activism, and community building?

I started living the simple life a couple of decades ago, and I’m so thankful I did. The seasons don’t pass, the moon doesn’t change it’s phases, without me knowing about it.

Join us in reclaiming our lives from the machine!

I’m Alex Smith, your host on Radio Ecoshock. Write me any time. The address is radio [at]

Thanks for tuning in.

Our end song is from the debut album “Audio Visuals” by The Administrators singing “Stuck In Our Ways”. Find it on You tube.