My life has been complicated by 3 factors. A severe learning disability and a bipolar condition could have easily doomed me to a troubled, non productive existence. However a prodigious unrelenting manic drive was the burr under my saddle that propelled me to unexpected achievement in academia. Of interest here in this regard was that developments in my laboratory at the University of Toronto lead me to opportunities to work, teach and live for short periods in many locations on the 6 continents over a 25 year period. During these intervals, I chose to live in local category accommodation thus maximizing my exposure and participation in parochial experiences. In contrast to the calamitous relationships dogging present world interrelationships my experiences were entirely welcoming and solicitous.I was born in Hamilton Ontario Canada. My interests include jogging and other fitness programs having run in and completed 4 marathons together with numerous 5, 10 and 20 km events. My prowess in sport to say the least was very average. Non-the-less I participated in and then later coached ice hockey both in Canada and Australia. My reward for all this activity is that I have a healthy cardiovascular system and have endured 3 knee replacement operations. Most particularly I have a passion for work related to environmental concerns. In this regard I have 120 peer reviewed research papers in Environmental Chemistry, one of which nearly landing me in jail.
Middle Class Lifestyle: Fatal Environmental Consequencesby Jon Van Loon
This book is conceived as to demonstrate just how deeply embedded the now rapidly growing problems destabilizing our environment are ingrained in the common functions that constitute daily life particularly related to the upper and middle class. These range from our personal life style ritual through the various societal, political, business and other
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This book is conceived as to demonstrate just how deeply embedded the now rapidly growing problems destabilizing our environment are ingrained in the common functions that constitute daily life particularly related to the upper and middle class. These range from our personal life style ritual through the various societal, political, business and other infrastructure that ticks and tocks relentlessly in the course of a typical day worldwide. It is important to stress that this book will likely annoy a large variety of sections of our society and it was designed to do just that. My hope is that the annoyance will be the ‘bur under the saddle’ so to speak that will introduce into our minds the real gravity of our environmental problems. More importantly might this keep concern for the real fundamental problems of maintaining a mankind sustainable biosphere constantly in our thoughts?
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