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All about the Earth

The Upcycle – Beyond sustainability, designing for abundance
For McDonough and Braungart, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design.  They show us that these ideas, such as everyday objects like chairs, cars, and factories are being reimagined not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it. They want to turn on its head our very understanding of the human role on earth: Instead of protecting the planet from human impact – redesign our activity to improve the environment.

For The Beauty of the Earth
Thomas Aquinas once stated that “any error about creation also leads to an error about God.” At a time when it seems humans have erred much in their treatment of the planet, this book explores the relationship between Christianity and the natural world in  a theology of creation care. Steven Bouma-Prediger claims that “authentic Christian faith requires ecological obedience.” This book argues that true Christianity notes the responsibility and privilege Christians have been given as stewards of the earth. Sure to provoke dialogue, this book will be welcomed by  students of theology, ecology, and contemporary culture.

Earth For All: A survival guide for humanity
A leading group of scientists and economists present a plan of five system-shifting steps to achieve prosperity for all within planetary limits in a single generation. The economic system keeps crashing. It’s time to install a new operating system.
Widespread inequality is causing deep instabilities in societies. There seems to be no way out.
Earth For All is both an antidote to despair and a road map to a better future. Scientists and economists from around the world present five extraordinary turnarounds to achieve prosperity for all within planetary limits in a single generation.
A book for everyone concerned about living well on a fragile planet.

Wonder Earth: Exploring our living home
If we saw ourselves as belonging to the Earth rather than standing apart from it, what would Earth look like? A wonder-filled place? A place we want to protect now and forever? The Earth has so much to share if only we stop, listen and wonder. Starting with the sun that gives us and all living things life, to the patterns, feelings, stories and relationships that we share with other natural things, let’s explore what it means to belong to our Earth home.  Wonder Earth celebrates both the poetry and science of our Earth home, inspiring awe for the place that sustains and protects us and that needs our protection. The illustrations by Sophy Louise Smith highlight the inter-connectedness of human and nature
built and natural, and celebrates the colour, patterns, and visual rhythms of the natural world.

MMM … Issue 32, August 2022