- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: Greystone Books; Reprint edition (March 11 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155054926X
- ISBN-13: 978-1550549263
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 608 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With Good News for a Change, scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki sheds his town crier image and, along with co-author Holly Dressel, accentuates the positive. Good News chronicles those individuals and companies who have come to terms with their place in the schematics of life. Together they have found not only better solutions, but profitable ones. The Better Buildings Partnership in Toronto, for example, is a mandated consortium to retrofit existing mega-structures. Not only have the BBP projects saved consumable energy with proper insulation and ventilation systems, thus financial savings, but the BBP itself has created thousands of jobs.
One of the most telling statements comes from an environmental ethicist who provides workshops to companies. In these workshops, employees are asked to sustain a fictional finite world. The participants surprisingly devise ingenious environmentally positive solutions. As Suzuki and Dressel recount, once placed in small groups, even those who are corporate-oriented seem to know what is "right." Yet these very participants, as part of the larger corporate entity, balk at the same solutions in the real world. The authors conclude, "As a society we are not very bright." But there is hope, they say, in small steps. --Tim Tokaryk
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Inspiring stories about the people who are making positive environmental and social contributions to our world, illustrating the hundreds of working solutions that can help all of us to achieve a better future.See all Product description
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There seems to be a focus on sustainable agriculture and foresting, which was enlightning because I had never read much on those particular subjects. There are other interesting topics that are explored in this book.
A must-buy, no doubt about it. Thank you David, for an insightful read... and for fueling my optimism about our future.
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From individuals with small projects on up to larger multi-national efforts, there are a host of positive accomplishments covered and this is not just "Good News"- it's excellent, uplifting and inspiring great news- the kind of good news that everyone concerned with the health of the world needs for inspiration on continued action for the environment.
The authors conclude with the idea that teaching children from early age about the workings of nature by immersing them in it, will enhance and spread a new sense of awe, respect and good environmental stewardship of the Earth. Many examples of current enviro-education are cited. This attitude parallels the thoughts of Dr. David W. Orr in his books "Ecological Literacy", "Earth in Mind", et al. Teach your children well!
There are several resources for environmental action cited at the end of this fine book.
David Suzuki is the Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation (google it). This website is full of resources for environmental education, action and involvement.
David Suzuki has been a favorite environmenalist in Canada for years due in part to his marvelous TV program " The Nature of Things." Truly a person who is working with all his heart to improve the Planet he loves so dearly. It is a great book to give as a gift as well to those who would like some positive spin on environmental issues, while being informed on individulas that are making a difference for us all.
The improvements to our everyday life have affected such things as habitat destruction, global warming, toxic waste and resource depletion. Until recently, many people were unaware of their effects and often were not discussed. However, a recent surge in the environmentalist movement has placed these issues into the minds of people across the world. No longer do we have to discuss how our natural world is changing. Instead, we have the knowledge to implicate plans that change the world in which we live.
Many of these environment problems stem from new dishonest corporate values that have displaced traditional home values. Not only do corporate values pollute water and the air we breathe, but they also create social inequalities that are hard to notice. Desires for money and the flaunting of luxurious items have been regarded as the road to happiness. Private interests have dominated policy-making and have changed the way we conduct business in the industrial world.
Multinational corporations' separation of human activities and nature has led to different attitudes and values from the workplace than those at home. If viewed together, people would realize that sustainable living should not incorporate money into the value system. Instead, wealth would be valued as a helping tool; something that can bring uplift to a community or an area in need. Human happiness could be preserved without hurting our natural resources which we rely on.
However, the western value system continues to threaten our natural resources as material wealth and consumptive practices seem to be the road to security. This will have serious impacts on future generations. Each day, we continue to lose species that once roamed on Earth. Humans have yet to understand the complex natural system in which they live. Efficiency must be increased and waste must be kept in check. By doing so, future generations will have access to unpolluted water, good soil for food production and also clean air to breathe.
Suzuki and Dressel approached developing business values in a variety of ways throughout the book. Particular issues discussed include restoration of biodiversity, saving water supplies and new growing methods for food production. They also touched on specific examples on how to manage forests, fisheries, and wildlife. In closing, the development of new technologies and the green revolution were discussed in full. This new revolution gives new options which enhance quality of life.
Being concerned over the environment, I approached this book thinking it would summarize the issues at hand and not give reasonable solutions. However, this book showed many examples of how change is occurring throughout the world at different levels that restored my faith that nature still can be protected. I agree with the authors that change must start at the local levels. When businesses start to go public, they fail to meet local concerns or lose the foundation on which the business was built upon.
The authors point out how money should be invested or shared into community needs and interests. They often drew upon examples of businesses with profits. It is easy to share when you have big profits. However, they rarely discuss what is to be done for people without such businesses. Everyday people that want to make a change are often unable to do so because of the lack of financial backing. Certain new technologies cost more and are not accessible by all. What is to be done when newer technologies benefit the natural world but are not accessible by all?
Sustainable living and development is the point of the book. Although this idea seems rather obvious to many environmentalists, it has yet to leave an impact where we need it the most. Corporations still focus on policies that give them the biggest yields or biggest profits. If a policy hurts the quarterly earnings, it is seen as a negative. They fail to meet standards that most people feel is essential to the environment. Without changing corporation's values, our environmental problems will continue to plunge into the future.
Good News for a Change is an encouraging book that establishes hope that change is occurring amongst a troubled, unhealthy planet. It is important to reestablish local values and rid global private interests. Natural capitalism can be used to restore ecosystems and discover new technologies. People have already started to lead us in the green revolution. It is time to preserve equality and limit the impacts on the environment. It is a daunting task, but it must be done to preserve human happiness for both our generation and future generations to com