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Reading: Worldchanging

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While most of the reading I do now is for my dissertation – theory and tech stuff, oh my –  I also tend to have a variety of other books on the go that tie in with my dreams of a simpler, hopefully more rural life.  One of the broader issues that I’m concerned with is the environment, both on its own and in terms of its links to other big issues (more on this later, probably).  Environmental destruction means less land to work with throughout the world, as well as much more difficult and unpredictable conditions for growing food and caring for livestock, along with a whole range of other scary stuff.

The main book that I’ve been working through recently is Worldchanging (they also have a great website here).  Focusing on environmental issues and their solutions, it has a lot of interesting ideas and perspectives.  Admittedly, some of them might be more resource intensive than is really viable now or even in the future (just because something is environmentally friendly once it is made doesn’t mean that it doesn’t cost a lot in the way of resources to make), but they do range from the really simple to the really high-tech, and I appreciate that they cover so much ground.

When I read the first chapter, I’ll ‘fess up that I cried.  The scenarios described – environmental destruction, the consequences, and the difficulty in dealing with our current situation, let alone where we seem to be headed – were horrifying at best.  I curled up in bed and let loose for awhile because it does seem to be beyond dire in more ways than I care to count.  Sometimes a girl just need a good cry about the state of the world.

Somewhat more happily, the rest of the book is focused on a huge range of solutions, projects, designs and ideas that just might help and, as a result, does offer some hope to counter what is a pretty dire situation.  While my faith is still somewhat tenuous – I think we need significantly more drastic measures than most people would like to consider in order to make any kind of reasonable, sustainable long-term environmental impact – I can’t deny that I appreciate the hope that it can give.  Not only are people thinking about and concerned with the issues, but that they’re actively seeking solutions for them, and that some of these solutions are ones that I can use in my own life as I move forward towards greater sustainability.


Written by Jenn

May 29, 2010 at 1:13 am

Posted in Reading list, Saving the world

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  1. Thanks for the tip on the book. I will check online to see if I can get a copy. It’s ok that you had a good cry…..it all seems pretty scary but the more of us that band together, the better!! I think you might find this interesting http://www.globalonenessproject.org . I ordered the DVD’s and am going to hold a screening in my area (I live in New Zealand) hoping it will bring some people together and we can bounce idea’s off one another. Well done on your site. Cheers,


    November 7, 2010 at 3:30 am

    • Oh, thanks for the link – I had a quick look and it looks great. I might look into doing a screening myself. There are some local groups for whom this would be right up their alley.


      November 7, 2010 at 9:27 am

      • Awesome!! Will let you know how I get on with mine!!


        November 20, 2010 at 5:16 am

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