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Change: it’s here

April 25th, 2016  |  by  |  published in FOCUS, wetenschap | Comments Off on Change: it’s here

Change: it’s here

I am impressed.

I am impressed by the sheer scale of changes happening in our living environments. And I am impressed by the skill with which Gaia Vince made these these vast and mind-bending changes comprehensible and human-sized.

Doom & Gloom

March 3rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in English texts, FOCUS, wetenschap | 1 Comment »

Doom & Gloom

Recently I’ve been tempted to introduce a tag called “doom thinking”, and label quite a few of my books with it. Here’s why I didn’t.

Michael Braungart & William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle

August 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Michael Braungart & William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle

Michael Braungart & William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle

Nowadays, most of us recycle. But what about industry, where the real damage is done? Its limited, if well-intentioned, approach maintains the one-way, ‘cradle to grave’ manufacturing model of the Industrial Revolution, the very model that creates immense amounts of waste and pollution in the first place. What the planet needs is a major rethink; a new approach which directly combats the problem rather than slowly perpetuating it. And the planet needs it right now.
An exciting, simple, groundbreaking new vision, Cradle to Cradle offers this approach. With clear, accessible — even humorous — arguments, celebrated chemist Michael Braungart and inspirational architect William McDonough challenge the notion that human industry must damage the world. Instead, they look to nature and find a production system which mimics nature’s model to our commercial and environmental advantage, a system in which waste equals food. This book’s theories will shape our future, and this updated edition is essential reading: a bold, practical and overwhelmingly positive manifesto for our planet’s prosperous future.

Tim Jackson, Welvaart zonder groei

December 26th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Tim Jackson, Welvaart zonder groei

Tim Jackson, Welvaart zonder groei

Professor Tim Jackson stelt de noodzaak van economische groei ter discussie én wat het betekent welvarend te zijn. Hij biedt ons alternatieven om vol aan het leven deel te nemen zonder een beroep te hoeven doen op een onhoudbare accumulatie van materiële dingen. Hij biedt ons een perspectief op een transitie naar een ecologisch geletterde macro-economie, een verzoening van een goed leven met een eindige planeet.

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

March 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Now recognized as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century, Silent Spring exposed the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides. Despite condemnation in the press and heavy-handed attempts by the chemical industry to ban the book, Rachel Carson succeeded in creating a new public awareness of the environment which led to changes in government policy and inspired the modern ecological movement.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

August 13th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Henry David Thoreau was just a few days short of his twenty-eight birthday when he built a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond and began one of the most famous experiments in living in American history.

Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff

July 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff

Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff

Annie Leonard tracks the life of the Stuff we use every day—where our cotton T-shirts, laptop computers, and aluminum cans come from, how they are produced, distributed and consumed, and where they go when we throw them out. Like Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, The Story of Stuff is a landmark book that will change the way people think—and the way they live.

Donella H. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, Dennis Meadows; Limits to Growth

April 27th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Donella H. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, Dennis Meadows; Limits to Growth

Donella H. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, Dennis Meadows; Limits to Growth

In 1972, three scientists from MIT created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production. Their results shocked the world and created stirring conversation about global ‘overshoot,’ or resource use beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. Now, preeminent environmental scientists Donella Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows have teamed up again to update and expand their original findings in Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update.

Penelope ReVelle and Charles ReVelle, The Global Environment

January 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Penelope ReVelle and Charles ReVelle, The Global Environment

Penelope ReVelle and Charles ReVelle, The Global Environment

This innovative book focuses on the global aspects of environmental problems and their solutions; it recognizes our dependence on the environment and explores the need for humanity to plan its future in order to achieve a sustainable society—a society that interacts with, but does no lasting harm to, its environment.



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