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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.