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Imagines a village in which there are too many people consuming shared resources and discusses the challenge of ...
Imagines a village in which there are too many people consuming shared resources and discusses the challenge of handling our world's environment safely.
Once upon a time, villagers could bring sheep to a commons, "common ground" to everyone in the village. The eventual outcome—too many sheep and not enough grass—provides the historical example that is invoked repeatedly to explain problems and issues arising from present-day overuse of life-sustaining resources and global short-sightedness. Bang (Goose, 1996, etc.) outlines the depletion of the seas, forests, fossil fuels, and water in a series of pithy but easily comprehensible vignettes. Each tenet of basic ecology presented spins on the same axis—the concept of one earth, with limitations as to its renewability; then Bang drives home the "share the planet" precept in a dramatic denouement. Happy greens (grass) and sprightly blues (water, sky) give way to gray rooftops and smokestacks throughout, but it is the lone planet swirling against a canvas of black that is sure to stop readers in their tracks. It's a timely, provocative message, housed in a small, weighty book.