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Check out some new books from the BCIT Library that might inspire a little hope…
The Optimistic Environmentalist : Progressing Towards a Greener Future / by David R. Boyd
Call #: GE 170 B69 2015
It is easy to find statistics, news stories and books that make you despair about the state of the environment. In contrast, this book, described by Publishers Weekly as solidly researched and informative, focusses on environmental success stories of the past fifty years. More than just happy talk, the last chapter is titled “From Optimism to Action” suggesting concrete ways to take action. Bonus: the author is a local lawyer, professor and co-chair of Vancouver’s Greenest City initiative.
Change Everything : Creating an Economy for the Common Good / by Christian Felber
Call #: HD 87 F45 2015
This Austrian economist has created a “blueprint for change” – an economic model where the balance sheet values human dignity, cooperation and solidarity, ecological sustainability, social justice, democratic co-determination and transparency.
Engineering for Sustainable Human Development : A Guide to Successful Small-Scale Community Projects / by Bernard Amadei
Call #: TH 880 A44 2014
By the co-founder of Engineers Without Borders International Network, this book addresses the role of engineering in poverty reduction and human development and discusses how to deliver successful projects in circumstances very different from the developed world.
Peacemakers : How People Around the World are Building a World Free of War /by Douglas Roche
Call #: JZ 5540 R63 2014
Believe it or not “today’s world may be the most peaceful ever. That is the real news, the biggest unreported story.” That is the message from Douglas Roche, lifelong activist, retired politician and author of Peacemakers. To support his position he has interviewed leading peacemakers and profiled their work.
Seeds of Hope : Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants / by Jane Goodall and Gail Hudson
Call #: QK 46.5 H85 G66 2015
“SEEDS OF HOPE takes us from England to Goodall’s home-away-from-home in Africa, deep inside the Gombe forest, where she and the chimpanzees are enchanted by the fig and plum trees they encounter. She introduces us to botanists around the world, as well as places where hope for plants can be found, such as The Millennium Seed Bank, where one billion seeds are preserved.” – publisher description