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Every 15 seconds on our Earth Island, a child dies from waterborne disease. Three times an hour, another species becomes extinct. Each day we consume 85 million barrels of oil and pump 23 million tons of carbon dioxide into an already warming atmosphere. But against this bleak backdrop, beacons of hope shine from thousands of large and small initiatives taking place everywhere from isolated villages to major urban centers.
Thriving Beyond Sustainability draws a collective map of individuals, organizations and communities from around the world that are committed to building an alternative future - one that strives to restore ecological health, reinvent outmoded institutions and rejuvenate our environmental, social and economic systems. The projects and initiatives profiled are meeting the challenges of the day with optimism, hope and results, leading the way in:
Overflowing with inspiration, the stories and ideas in these pages will cause the most chronic pessimist to see the glass as half full -- to move beyond a perception of surviving with scarcity to one of flourishing with abundance. The comprehensive resource section provides the tools for everyone to become a catalyst for change.
Author: ANDRES EDWARDS
In our power-hungry world, all the talk about energy-what's safe and what's risky, what's clean and what's dirty, what's cheap and what's easy-tends to generate more heat than light. What, Julianne Couch wanted to know, is the real story on power production in this country? Approaching the question as a curious consumer, Couch takes us along as she visits nine sites where electrical power is developed from different fuel sources. From a geothermal plant in the Mojave Desert to a nuclear plant in Nebraska, from a Wyoming coal-fired power plant to a Maine tidal-power project, Couch gives us an insider's look at how power is generated, how it affects neighboring landscapes and the people who live and work there, and how each source comes with its own unique complications.
The result is an informed, evenhanded discussion of energy production and consumption on the global, national, regional, local and-most important-personal level. Knowledge is the real power this book imparts, allowing each of us to think beyond the flip of a switch to the real consequences of our energy use.
Author: Julianne Couch
In Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, Courtney White profiles 50 innovative practices that soak up carbon dioxide in soils, reduce energy use, sustainably intensify food production and increase water quality. The “two percent” refers to: the amount of new carbon in the soil needed to reap a wide variety of ecological and economic benefits; the percentage of the nation’s population who are farmers and ranchers; and the low financial cost (in terms of gross domestic product) needed to get this work done.
Author: COURTNEY WHITE
There was a period of time that set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events from which we are the unfortunate benefactors. Mankind's fall from grace is still continuing today, beautifully clothed in science and technology. The degradation has marched downward so slowly and steadily that nobody ever thought anything was wrong. Underneath this beautiful façade of technological promises lies a genetically modified, nutritionless, oil-driven existence that is draining our lives and the life of our home, the Earth. The future we are creating now is irreparable; our only hope is our past. Meet the Essenes, an ancient people, who lived the life so many of us are searching for. By gleaning from their customs, Cliff Williams has been able to incorporate some of their daily lifestyles into a new personal, family-sized agricultural lifestyle, available even in urban neighborhoods. You can't save a world that doesn't want to be saved, but you can save your family. Urban Crofting is about finding a way to counteract some of the devastating effects of the lifestyle we've created.
Author: Cliff Williams
In Webs of Power, author Starhawk provides an overview of the complex political and economic powers opposed by the anti-globalization movement, explores the debate between violent and nonviolent tactics, defines an economy of true abundance and shows how we can transform our rage and despair and renew our spirits while acting to change the world.
By whatever incident one is awakened, or reawakened, the knowledge dawns that the Earth is an organism of organisms, an interrelated whole, thriving in balance, with no preference for one species over another; that the task of our species is to find our way back into the web. The home truth is that all life wants to live; that life wants to speciate, diversify, and intertwine is immanent in nature. The knowledge that my habitat and therefore, my existence as an organism are threatened is more than idea; it is at once visceral and transpersonal.
Author: STEPHANIE MILLS
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In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now. We are in a race between political and natural tipping points. Can we close coal-fired power plants fast enough to save the Greenland ice sheet and avoid catastrophic sea level rise? Can we raise water productivity fast enough to halt the depletion of aquifers and avoid water-driven food shortages? Can we cope with peak water and peak oil at the same time? These are some of the issues Lester R. Brown skillfully distils in World on the Edge. Bringing decades of research and analysis into play, he provides the responses needed to reclaim our future.
Author: Lester Brown
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