To start off the blog I’ve picked a book I recently read by the author Bill McKibben. It’s outside the usual genre I read (fantasy) but I found it extremely interesting nonetheless.
Though this book enlightens one on the current state of the world the real aim is to propose working solutions to aid in solving what could be the biggest crisis in the history of man kind. Although the stats and figures can be somewhat depressing, this book is like a little beacon of light in an otherwise very dark landscape.
The general idea the book proposes is to evolve beyond the current economic structure of ‘growth before all else’, and aim instead to direct our energy towards becoming sustainable communities. The benefits of this, he hypothesises, far outweigh those of just the economic and environmental kind. He believes that greater mental well being can also result from focusing on building local communities.
The examples he uses within the book are taken from all around the world; hidden spots that manage to live differently to consumerist nations, and yet still manage to be happy, healthy communities. He also points out the ways in which smaller scale power systems and smaller farms can actually be more efficient as well as being more sustainable than their larger counterparts.
There’s lots of untapped knowledge right at your finger tips here people. Recommended not just for a good read, but also to set you on the right path towards the future.