This Book is Definitely NOT Junk

This Book is Definitely NOT Junk

For some reason in Sustainability we are always exhorting people to know where their products come from-who is your farmer, where is that widget made?-but once they drop their waste in a blue bin they can forget about it. Adam Minter rolls back the curtain on your “recycled” waste and not just to your local … Read more…

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Oreskes and Conway Leave No Doubt

In their 2010 book, Merchants of Doubt, historians of science Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway expose in seemingly endless detail the sordid roots of today’s climate change denial. They trace its birth from early (and recently revived) attempts to discredit Rachael Carson and the dangers of DDT to wildlife, even if that first battle was … Read more…

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A Paradox Grows into a Conundrum

In his 2011 book Conundrum, David Owen asks a fundamental question–can we commit to doing what is necessary to really Achieving Sustainability? Are we willing to make the necessary sacrifices, to reduce our consumption as both individuals and societies on a massive scale? As his subtitle points out Owen is really asking these questions about … Read more…

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Book Review: Bowling Alone

I recently finished Bowling Alone (2000) by Robert Putnam which has been very influential in Sustainability discourse.  My first response upon completing it was skepticism that very many of those referring to the book had gotten past its jacket summary-its title activity, lonesome bowling , is far more gripping than reading every page of this … Read more…

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