August 2009 – Review of “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn

This month we feature the 1991 Turner Tomorrow Fellowship winning novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.  This creative and highly readable book blends philosophy, ethics and history with lessons on how to develop practical, sustainable solutions to global issues. About the Author The American Daniel Quinn (1935-) spent over twenty years in educational and consumer publishing in Chicago before … Read more

Review of “Eaarth” by Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature and a dozen other best sellers. Anthony Ketchum, Chair of the Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto and founder of ForOurGrandchildren, met Bill McKibben at Copenhagen. Below is Anthony’s review of Bill McKibben’s latest book, Eaarth Eaarth, Making a life on a tough new planet. By Bill McKibben. 240 … Read more

The Long Thaw – Book Review

Some years ago we visited the Argentine Province of Salta, which borders Chile.  We took a tour from the capital, Salta, into the foothills of the Andes, guided by an agricultural economist. He commented that the principal industry was sheep farming that previously had supported the population at an acceptable level. As the population increased, … Read more

Richard Heinberg’s view on the 21st Century as a period of transition.

The problem extends beyond oil and other fossil fuels, and even beyond climate change: the world’s fresh water resources are strained to the point that billions of people may soon find themselves with only precarious access to water for drinking and irrigation. Biodiversity is declining rapidly. We are losing 24 billion tons of topsoil each … Read more

Review of “Hot, Flat and Crowded” by Thomas Friedman

This month we feature Hot, Flat, and Crowded by multi-Pulitzer-winning journalist Thomas Friedman. About the Author Thomas Friedman has been a major voice in the politics of globalization for many   years and in various capacities.  Born in Minneapolis, USA in 1953, his resume includes three Pulitzer prizes – twice for International Reporting (1983, 1988) and … Read more

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