The Little Earth Book


The Earth is now desperately vulnerable; so are we. This gift-priced-and-sized book contains original, stimulating mini-essays about what is going wrong with our planet and about the greatest challenge of our century: how to save the Earth for us all. It is pithy, yet intellectually credible well-referenced, wry, yet deadly serious. An all-new U.S. edition--the U.K. edition has sold over 40,000 copies!

Researched and written by an eminent British architect, James Bruges, The ...

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The Earth is now desperately vulnerable; so are we. This gift-priced-and-sized book contains original, stimulating mini-essays about what is going wrong with our planet and about the greatest challenge of our century: how to save the Earth for us all. It is pithy, yet intellectually credible well-referenced, wry, yet deadly serious. An all-new U.S. edition--the U.K. edition has sold over 40,000 copies!

Researched and written by an eminent British architect, James Bruges, The Little Earth Book is a clarion call to action, a mind-boggling collection of mini-essays on today's most important environmental concerns, from global warming and poisoned food to economic growth, Third World debt, genes and "superbugs." Undogmatic but sure-footed, the style is light, explaining complex issues with easy language, illustrations and cartoons. Ideas are developed chapter by chapter, yet each one stands alone. It is an easy browse--equally at home bedside, in the bathroom or in a briefcase.

The Little Earth Book provides hope, with new ideas and examples of people swimming against the current, of bold ideas that work in practice. Did you know:

  • If everyone adopted the Western lifestyle, we would need five earths to support us.
  • In 50 years the U.S. has--with intensive pesticide use, doubled the amount of crops lost to pests.
  • Environmental disasters have created more than 80 million refugees.

Packed with easy-to-digest information, James Bruges spells out, clearly, concisely and with alarming documentation just what we're up against and what must be done.

Presented in the same trim size as 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know, this book continues Disinformation's line of value-priced, impulse purchase books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972952927
  • Publisher: Disinformation Company, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Fragile Earth Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Bruges was born in 1933 and brought up in Kashmir. His father was a manager in the Imperial Bank of India and a Major in the army in Burma. He returned to England aged twelve and, after formal schooling, went on to study architecture at the Architectural Association (AA) in London. He has since been a practising architect in London, the Sudan (University of Khartoum 1962-65), and Bristol. He founded the Bruges Tozer Partnership in Bristol, Bruges Tozer Limited in London, and formed the Concept Planning Group in Bristol with two other firms to undertake urban planning projects. In 1995 James left architectural practice to concentrate on environmental issues which had become, through his architectural work, a major concern for him. He set up, jointly, Leigh Court Farm in Bristol (an edge-of-town organic enterprise), and became an adviser to an Environmental Trust. He also made annual visits to India to remain in close contact with Gandhian rural projects - which he still continues today. In 1999 James published Sustainability and the Bristol Urban Village Initiative. He currently lives in Bristol and is married with four (grown-up) children.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Cod--a symbol for our times 11
Don't Predict!--just be systematic 14
Ozone Layer--a ray of hope 16
Water--fresh water is running out 18
Ecological Footprints--the rich wear big boots 21
An Oxymoron?--sustainable development 23
Atmospheric Carbon--the ultimate weapon of mass destruction 25
Ostrich Policy--dealing with uncertainty 29
Europe Cooling--ocean currents 32
Rio and Kyoto--let's put it off until tomorrow 34
Contraction & Convergence--one-world solution for justice & equity 37
DTQs--towards equity in each country 40
Future of Oil--who's fooling whom?--and why? 43
Hydrogen Economy--the future of energy 46
Nuclear Power--too hot to handle 48
The Arms Trade--disreputable and deluded 51
Weapons of War--war is no longer an option 53
Tools for Peace--alternatives to violence are possible 56
Inequality--a bequest of the 20th century 59
Usury & Greed--religious perversions 62
Economic Growth--and the second law of thermodynamics 64
Making Money--it's really quite simple 66
Banks--they've got you by the jugular 68
Interest-free Banking--currencies of the future 70
Worgl--money that is not worth keeping 72
Global Eco-Currency--four currencies 74
Citizens' Dividend--for a civilized civilization 76
Vibrant Cities--creators of prosperity 79
Mosques and Churches--misunderstandings abound 82
Basic Needs--isn't everyone as happy as we are? 84
"Them" or "Us"--a Gandhian approach 86
Wealth in Poverty--a tribal's view 89
Just Change--beyond fair trade 92
Odious Debt--a humane American idea 94
Third World Debt--view of the rich 96
First World Debt--view of the poor 99
Free Trade--comparative advantage for corporations 101
The WTO--a better way is possible 104
The GATS--exit democracy and peace 107
Water Denied--crimes against humanity 111
First MNC--little has changed 114
Exit Tyranny--the struggle of the American Founders 117
The Empire--full spectrum absurdity 120
Imperial Tribute--why the rich are rich and the majority poor 123
Biomimicry--science's exciting new frontier 126
Feeding the World--there is no shortage of money or food 130
Organics--respecting nature's way 134
The Agrochemical Revolution--was it a success? 137
Citizens' Jury--the locals know what aid they need 140
POPs and EDCs--synthetic time bombs 142
Antibiotics--a gift of nature rejected 145
Microbes--tougher than humans 147
Genes--and genetic experimentation 149
Making New Plants--improving on Creation 152
The Terminator--alternative approach to empire 157
Nature in Balance--survival of the fittest? 160
Population--more or less? 162
Patenting Life--wait a minute! who made it? 164
Commercial Eugenics--an alternative future for the poor 166
Nanotechnology--success may be the worst-case scenario 168
Understanding Nature--and redesigning life 170
Intuition--common sense, imagination and morality 172
Two Japanese Farmers--more with less--a fascinating tale 174
Mental Equipment--reality beyond our grasp 176
References 179
Index 184
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    I saw this book among the clearance items. The back has an overview of the sorts of 'truths and lies about going green' that it contains. A lot of things on clearance are hard to believe as they are really great. I'm asked to plan some sermons soon and sustainability is a very pertinent theme nowadays, sometimes when thinking of such discussions, I remember hearing some facts but not exactly so I wanted a little book like this in my library to keep some at my fingertips. Since it goes into truths and lies that helps save me some cross referencing time. I feel it could help motivate all to live as sustainably as possible and enjoy the blessings that brings during challenging economic times.

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