Global Environment Issues

Posted on 27th October, 2009

Recommended Booklist

Recently, I have been reading various inspirational books on how a low-carbon, energy efficient planet can be achieved. The important thing to realise is that change is already happening at a much faster rate than previously thought possible. ‘Plan B 4.0’ from Lester R. Brown’s ‘Plan B’ series of books quotes environmentalist Paul Hawken in a 2009 college commencement address. In recognizing the enormity of the challenge facing us, he said: “First we need to decide what needs to be done. Then we do it. And then we ask if it is possible.” Download the book as a free e-book or buy it at

Globally, the Transition Towns network (which began in Ireland) is growing rapidly. It is not a ‘we are doomed’ movement but a brilliant concept of how groups and communities can get together to create change and work towards a green, healthy future. The name is perhaps misleading because ‘towns’ is not what it is all about – communities in places ranging from small rural areas to large cities are all involved. Rather then reading my version – have a look at and

For an in-depth of the concepts behind the network, read Rob Hopkin’s book ‘The Transition Handbook’, and as background to that – read Richard Heinberg’s book ‘Peak Everything’. You should be able to borrow them from your library. Finally, to get involved in your local network – check out



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