Early Summer Reading: Creation Corner Column June 2013
Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply
Myth. Bill Powers. New Society Publishers. Explains why shale gas is
not the "game-changer" touted by many.
Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged
Landscapes. Leila Darwish. New Society Publishers. From and for those
who are impatient, not wanting to wait for the healing of the world.
Eco-Business: A Big-Brand Takeover of Sustainability.
Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister. MIT Press. Two experts explain the
consequences for the planet when corporations use sustainability as a business
The Environmental Advantages of Cities: Countering Commonsense
Antiurbanism. William B. Meyer. MIT Press. An analysis that offers
evidence to challenge the widely held assumption that urbanization and
environmental quality are necessarily at odds.
The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit. Dmitry
Orlov. New Society Publishers. Especially for those who think collapse is
impossible, this is an entertaining look.
Flourishing: A Frank
Conversation About Sustainability. John R. Ehrenfeld and Andrew J.
Hoffman. Stanford Univ. Press. Of this book, Bill McKibben says: "These are
unexpectedly deep and moving conversations about where we can go, and where we
must go, both as individuals and as a planet. It's a hardheaded account of the
sacredness of the earth, and what that implies for our work and society."
The Great Reversal: How We Let Technology Take Control of the
Planet. David Edward Tabachnick. Yale University Press. A history of
technology, how it threatens our humanity, and clouds our judgment about what
constitutes the good life.
Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken from Nature.
Vaclav Smil. MIT Press. An interdisciplinary and quantitative account of human
claims on the biosphere's stores of living matter, from prehistoric hunting to
modern energy production.
Henry D. Thoreau, Essays: A Fully Annotated Edition.
Edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer. Yale University Press. Arranged chronologically,
Thoreau's outlets for his thinking are laid out in the periodical press,
newspapers, compendiums and lectures.
Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community and
the Common Good. Cecile Andrews. New Society Publishers. An
enjoyable primer on how to enrich our lives and make the world a better place at
the same time.
Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American
Environmentalism. Paul Wapner. MIT Press. An analysis of the
theoretical issues of current environmentalism.
The Rediscovery of the Wild. edited by Peter H. Kahn, Jr.,
and Patricia H. Hasbach. MIT Press. A compelling case for connecting with the
wild, for our psychological and physical well-being and to flourish as a
Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of
Sustainability. Lyle Estill. New Society Publishers. Determined
people hard at work on the front lines of the sustainability movement share
their inspiring stories.
Supply Shock: Economic Growth
at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution. Brian Czech. New
Society Publishers. A vision of steady statesmanship leadership helps to manage
and conserve the natural resources and habitats of the world.