Saturday, March 14, 2009

Read This Book!

OK, I know that sounds a little pushy. But really, do yourself a favour and read this book!

I just finished it. It is a long (436 pp) read but a fairly easy one. Or maybe a deceptively easy one because while the text is easily accessible it gives you a lot to think about.

THe book sells itself as an antidote to the despair and angst of much climate-change discussion. Not that it belittles the issue. Indeed Turner sees the issue as a matter of survival. But rather than tear his hair and weep he goes out to find the signs of sustainable living that are already out there.

From the product description at Amazon:
With a mix of front-line reporting, analysis and passionate argument, Chris Turner pieces together the glimmers of optimism amid the gloom and the solutions already at work around the world, from Canada’s largest wind farm to Asia’s greenest building and Europe’s most eco-friendly communities. But The Geography of Hope goes far beyond mere technology. Turner seeks out the next generation of political, economic, social and spiritual institutions that could provide the global foundations for a sustainable future–from the green hills of northern Thailand to the parliament houses of Scandinavia, from the villages of southern India, where microcredit finance has remade the social fabric, to America’s most forward-thinking think tanks.
Seriously, I heartily endorse this book. It needs to be read. It's content needs to be embraced. It's hope needs to be transformed into reality.

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