Good News for a Change: How Everyday People are Helping the Planet

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Allen & Unwin, 2003 - Nature - 399 pages
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David Suzuki cuts through the gloom surrounding the current state of the world's natural resources, and draws attention to the numerous positive instances where private companies, communities and individual citizens are making a real difference to the environment.
 

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Often being an environmentalist means being the bearer of bad and negative news about the state of our world. This book shows the exact opposite, telling story after story of people making positive changes in the world. Inspiring, touching, hopeful. Read full review

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Contents

Making Money Like the Bee Doing Business Without Doing Harm
9
Withdrawing Consent Practicing Democracy
51
Using Coyotes to Grow Grass Restoring Biodiversity
89
A River Runs Through It Save the Water
127
Eating Humble Pie Growing Good Food
161
Listen for the Jaguar Who Owns the Forests?
205
Song of the Albatross Keeping Some Fish in the Sea
242
Wrestling with Pluto Cutting Toxins Cleansing Air
276
Breaking Out of the Box New Ways to Think and to Learn
316
Epilogue
351
List of Organizations
357
Notes
373
Bibliography
386
Index
388
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Page 92 - The lands of the State, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, nor shall the timber thereon be sold, removed or destroyed.
Page 115 - The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?' If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.
Page 89 - If I should tell you how some have killed a hundred geese in a week, fifty ducks at a shot, forty teals at another, it may be counted ^impossible though nothing more certain.
Page 15 - The return from your work must be the satisfaction which that work brings you and the world's need of that work. With this, life is heaven, or as near heaven as you can get.
Page 290 - To be absolutely clear - we must now focus on what can and what should be done, not because we can be certain climate change is happening, but because the possibility can't be ignored.
Page 19 - Step states that in order for a society to be sustainable, nature's functions and diversity cannot continue to be systematically impoverished by: 1.
Page 168 - high technology and bureaucratic" solution in the event proved counter-productive, and was the major factor behind the yield and cropped areas declines experienced between 1982 and 1985. . . . The cost of the lack of appreciation of the merits of the traditional regime has been high. Project experience highlights the fact that the irrigated rice terraces of Bali form a complex artificial ecosystem which has been recognized locally over...
Page 19 - ... 4: In a sustainable society, resources are used fairly and efficiently in order to meet basic human needs...
Page 276 - In order for a society to be sustainable, Nature's functions and diversity are not systematically: • subject to increasing concentrations of substances extracted from the earth's crust...

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David Suzuki is an internationally renowned broadcaster and scientist. He is chairman of the David Suzuki Foundation, an organisation dedicated to identifying the causes of - and finding solutions to - environmental problems. His many books for children and adults have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in numerous languages. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and children...Holly Dressel has been a writer/researcher for television, film and radio for twenty years. Her writing credits include the celebrated film series 'War'.

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