Healing Earth: An Ecologist's Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship

Healing Earth: An Ecologist's Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship


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A true pioneer and respected elder in ecological recovery and sustainability shares effective solutions he has designed and implemented.

A stand-out from the sea of despairing messages about climate change, well-known sustainability elder John Todd, who has taught, mentored, and inspired such well-known names in the field as Janine Benyus, Bill McKibben, and Paul Hawken, chronicles the different ecological interventions he has created over the course of his career. Each chapter offers a workable engineering solution to an existing environmental problem: healing the aftermath of mountain-top removal and valley-fill coal mining in Appalachia, using windmills and injections of bacteria to restore the health of a polluted New England pond, working with community members in a South African village to protect an important river. A mix of both success stories and concrete suggestions for solutions to tackle as yet unresolved issues, Todd's narrative provides an important addition to the conversation about specific ways we can address the planetary crisis. Eighty-five color photos and images illustrate Todd's concepts. This is a refreshingly hopeful, proactive book and also a personal story that covers a known practitioner's groundbreaking career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623172985
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 233,056
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

A pioneer in ecological design, John Todd has been active in shaping the discipline for more than years. He has befriended and inspired such well-known figures in the field as Janine Benyus, Bill McKibben, Paul Hawken, David Orr, and Wes Jackson. Together with his wife, Nancy Jack Todd, Todd was named as a visionary of the twentieth century by the British organization Resurgence, and he has been featured in “The Genius Issue” of Esquire magazine. Dr. Todd was also named one of the twentieth century’s top thirty-five inventors by the Lemelson-MIT Program for Invention and Innovation. In 2010 the Smithsonian Institution recognized his eco-machine at the Center for Sustainable Living, part of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, as a significant design breakthrough. The drawings and film of the project were displayed in the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword Janine Benyus ix

Chapter 1 A Vision of Hope 1

Chapter 2 The Birth of an Ecological Technology 7

Chapter 3 Steps to a Theory of Ecological Design 15

Chapter 4 The Edge of the Sea 31

Chapter 5 Restoring Polluted Waters Ecologically 43

Chapter 6 Healing Degraded Streams and Rivers 51

Chapter 7 The Early Evolution of Restorer Eco-Technologies 61

Chapter 8 Lessons from the Sea 69

Chapter 9 A Plan to Heal Marine Bays and Salt Ponds along the Atlantic Coast of North America 79

Chapter 10 Caribbean Futures 87

Chapter 11 Solar- and Wind-Powered Workboats 95

Chapter 12 Cleaning Up an Ongoing Oil Spill with Eco-Machines 103

Chapter 13 Ocean Restorers: Ecological Elope Ships for Marine Pollution Reduction 113

Chapter 14 Designs for Southern Africa 121

Chapter 15 Appalachian Spring 137

Chapter 16 Re-Greening the Earth: The Challenge of the Sinai Desert 155

Notes 171

Bibliography 173

Acknowledgments 175

Index 177

About the Author 183

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