Irrefutable evidence makes it clear that we are headed for massive human misery as our planet's health rapidly worsens, yet we fail to respond in a rational, meaningful way. There Is Still Time shows us how we can fix this. We must look at the big picture. This means facing and dealing with the basic cause of most of our problems, ourselves. This book pulls all of the issues we need to deal with together, and looks at how they affect one another. Part One looks at us as individuals, how we work together as a society, and at the way our governments and businesses operate, and suggests things we can do to change direction. Part Two gives a concise but comprehensive overview of the state of our planet today. There is, looming ahead of us, a point beyond which there is no return. But There Is Still Time to prevent it. This book will put us firmly on the road to how.
PETER SEIDEL: After having been a farmhand, factory worker, Alaska salmon fisherman, and carpenter, Seidel became an architect. While working on environmentally damaging office and institutional buildings, he read a book describing the dangers of excessive population growth and looming resource shortages. Disturbed by this, he turned to teaching (over time, at five different institutions, including universities in China and India). He developed ideas on environmentally and socially sustainable communities, which led to employment as master planner for a community of 60,000. When this ran into funding difficulties he took up developing, designing, and building energy-conserving urban infill projects. As public interest in sustainability evaporated after the end of the Arab oil boycott, Peter started to investigate the troublesome question of why, when we understand the many environmental dangers we face, we don't take meaningful action to deal with them. This led to publishing a number of articles in academic journals on this subject and three books.
OTHER BOOKS BY PETER SEIDEL:
"Invisible Walls: Why We Ignore the Damage We Inflict on the Planet...and Ourselves," Prometheus Books, 1998
"Global Survival: The Challenge and Its Implications for Thinking and Acting," edited with Ervin Laszlo, SelectBooks, 2010
"2045: A Story of Our Future," Prometheus Books, 2009.
Gary is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization. He has written on a broad range of sustainability issues, from cropland loss and water scarcity to malnutrition and bicycle use. Gary contributes regularly to Institute publications, including State of the World and Vital Signs. He is the author of the 2006 book Inspiring Progress: Religions' Contributions to Sustainable Development. Gary has done interviews in both English and Spanish with international media outlets including the BBC, Voice of America, National Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Times. Before joining Worldwatch in 1994, Gary was project manager of the Soviet Nonproliferation Project, a research and training program run by the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. There, he authored Nuclear Nonproliferation: A Primer, which is also published in Spanish and Russian. He has also developed training materials for the World Bank and for the Millennium Institute in Arlington, Virginia.
OTHER BOOK BY GARY GARDNER:
"Inspiring Progress: Religions' Contributions to Sustainable Development," W. W. Norton & Company, 2006