Review: What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?

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Tony Juniper

5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ, gift and share — a roadmap for true cost valuation at citizen level, January 12, 2013

I have long been a fan of Herman Daly’s ecological economics and E.O. Wilson’s concept of consilience, a form of holistic analytics, and of course Buckminster Fuller and Russell Ackoff, among other systems thinkers. This book, just published, is quite extraordinary, and in the absence of a Look Inside the Book offering, one of Amazon’s best features, I want to list the chapters here and point to an online resource that provides compelling information supportive of buying this book and then sharing it or gifting it to others.

Chapter 1: The Indispensable Dirt
Chapter 2: Life from Light
Chapter 3: Eco-innovation
Chapter 4: The Pollinators
Chapter 5: Ground Control
Chapter 6: Liquid Assets
Chapter 7: Sunken Billions
Chapter 8: Ocean Planet
Chapter 9: Insurance
Chapter 10: Natural Health Service
Chapter 11: False Economy?

To get right to the web page that does NOT offer the book for free, only provides the supporting references and comments on each reference, search for:

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Others have made important contributions and I list ten books below that I particularly admire, but this book is for me a “primer” that could not have come at a better time as everything things about how to dismantle the City of London and the criminal globalization of finance to the detriment of both the public and the natural environment that the public relies upon that special interests are liquidating at our expense. Not a manifesto, this is more of a primer, and I would be glad to see every adult that votes, everywhere in the world, buy this book. Certainly I urge all publishers to immediately get in touch and offer to have this translated into the principle languages that matter: Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese, Hindi (India), Indonesian, Russian, and perhaps also Malay, Swahili and Turkish.

Now here are ten other books that supplement this book, but in no way are any of them a substitute. This book is holistic, integrative, and a 360 degree view of what we must all know. Now that it is clear that most governments are corrupt, ignorant, and unable to serve the public, it is incumbent on all of us to learn what we need to know to route around government and make decisions as a collective regardless of the incapacity of government.

I have reviewed each book below, and my reviews are summary in nature, my personal notes, as I donate all books after reading. The one exception is the first, that is on its way to me for review and I can already tell I am going to love it.

Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources
Ecological Economics, Second Edition: Principles and ApplicationsBeyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development
The Future of Life
Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Substantially Revised)
The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters (New in Paper)
Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building (Global Environmental Accord: Strategies for Sustainability and Institutional Innovation)
Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource
Global Public Policy: Governing Without Government?
Critical Choices. The United Nations, Networks, and the Future of Global Governance

With best wishes to all,
Robert Steele
INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability

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