By Chris Turner
After the fierce warnings and grim predictions of The climate Makers and An Inconvenient Truth, acclaimed journalist and nationwide bestselling writer Chris Turner unearths desire within the look for a sustainable future.
Point of no go back: The chilling word has develop into the ever present mantra of ecological doomsayers, a troubling headline above tales of melting permafrost and receding ice caps, visions of disaster and fears of an issue with out answer. bold to step past the rhetoric of panic and melancholy, The Geography of Hope issues to the intense mild on the finish of this very darkish tunnel.
With a mixture of front-line reporting, research and passionate argument, Chris Turner items jointly the glimmers of optimism amid the gloom and the ideas already at paintings worldwide, from Canada’s biggest wind farm to Asia’s greenest construction and Europe’s such a lot green groups. however the Geography of wish is going a ways past mere know-how. Turner seeks out the following iteration of political, monetary, social and religious associations which could give you the worldwide foundations for a sustainable future–from the golf green hills of northern Thailand to the parliament homes of Scandinavia, from the villages of southern India, the place microcredit finance has remade the social textile, to America’s such a lot forward-thinking imagine tanks.
In this compelling first-person exploration, punctuated by way of the sweetness and angst of a author researching the world’s beacons of threat, Chris Turner items jointly a blinding map of the disparate landmarks in a geography of hope.
While lots of the global has been spinning in stagnant circles of recrimination and debate with regards to weather swap, paralyzed via visions of apocalypse either typical (if not anything of our lifestyle alterations) and monetary (if an excessive amount of does), Denmark has easily marched off with steadfast unravel into the sustainable destiny, attaining the zenith of its pioneering trek at the island of Samsø. And so if there’s an encircled superstar in this patchwork map indicating hope’s modest capital, then it may be correctly put on this island. probably, for the sake of precision, on the geographic centre of Jørgen Tranberg’s dairy farm.
There are, I’m certain, any variety of pictures referred to as to brain through speak of ecological revolution and renewable strength and sustainable residing, yet I’m beautiful sure they don’t typically contain a hearty fiftysomething Dane in rubber boots noticed with dust and cow shit. that's why Samsø’s transformation isn't just progressive yet inspiring, not only a big swap yet a tantalizingly possible one. And it used to be a transformation that appeared at its such a lot workaday–near-effortless, not more notable than the cool October wind gusting around the island–down on Tranberg’s farm.
—from The Geography of Hope