by Richard Fuller, Damon DiMarco (Goodreads Author)
Toxic pollution is the largest cause…more
Toxic pollution is the largest cause of death in the developing world, killing one in seven people every year. It now constitutes the world’s single largest health risk.
While most everyone in the West agrees that “going green” and combating climate change should be at the top of the environmental agenda, few are aware of the present and growing danger “brown” pollution poses to poor communities around the world.
Richard Fuller makes the case for a reinvigorated "Brown Agenda" to take on pollution in poor countries and replicate the remediation and pollution management that transformed the West in the last four decades. In low- and middle-income countries, unabated toxins contaminate soil, water and air, while slowly and steadily destroying human health and potential.
Fifteen years ago, Richard Fuller went looking for these brown sites and after visiting many with horrific levels of pollution and illness, and meeting families trapped in these toxic hot spots by poverty, he founded Pure Earth to take action.
With an engineer’s eye, he quickly discovered that many of these sites had simple solutions, commonly used in the West, and could be implemented at very low cost resulting in measurable health improvements.
By involving local stakeholders, sharing the technical know-how and securing the funding, Richard and the Pure Earth team have cleaned up over 75 sites, improving the lives of over 4 million people and the health of their local environments. And they are just getting started.
The Brown Agenda details Fuller’s inspirational journey – from his dangerous yet ultimately successful fight to save tens of thousands of acres in the Amazon rainforest, to establishing Great Forest Inc., one of the leading sustainability consultancies in the United States, to his creation of the Blacksmith Institute – now named Pure Earth.
Through accounts of perilous travels through the worlds’ most toxic places, Fuller introduces readers to the “poisoned poor” and why he cares so much about this needless suffering. He won’t rest until all children have a chance to experience a Pure Earth, and invites readers to get involved in some very simple, but effective ways.
by Erin Bow (Goodreads Author)
Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Until then she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives, a boy who refuses to play by the rules, a boy who defies everything Greta has ever been taught. A boy who opens Greta's eyes to the brutality of the system they live under—and to her own power.
With her nation on the verge of war, Greta becomes a target in a new kind of game. A game that will end up killer her—unless she can find a way to break all the rules. [close]
by Gary Alexander (Goodreads Author)
A positive vision is emerging…
a community-based, but globally li…more
A positive vision is emerging…
a community-based, but globally linked and co-ordinated society, a global human family looking after each other and the Earth.
eGaia describes many starting points around the world, and next big steps where they join and link up. It clarifies the vision, gives background and organsising principles, and a light fictional picture of a sustainable world. [close]
― Theodore Roosevelt
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