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Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society

Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society
Andrés R. Edwards
New Society Publishers

Paper, 227 pp., $17.95

An accredited “green” building and sustainability consultant, Andrés Edwards has taken on a tremendous task, drawing together information on individuals, organizations, and communities around the world that have as their goal restoring environmental health, reinventing outmoded institutions, and rejuvenating our environmental, social, and economic systems. In this work, he describes the value of traditional ecological knowledge; describes local efforts to become more self-reliant or active in sustainability; examines greening efforts on the part of commerce; and then charts “the worldwide environmental conservation efforts aimed at restoring ecosystems in decline and protecting the Earth’s biodiversity.” He directs the reader’s attention to the need for expanding creative talents to include the development of a vision of “thriveability.” This consists of respecting the values and needs of all mankind and working together to create lasting solutions while keeping in mind the capacity of the natural world. The author recommends a plan of activities for personal and community groups interested in thriveability. This intriguing book contains an extensive listing of resources and references for those interested in environmental issues