Archive for the ‘Environmental’ category

Birdbrain

This story of a young woman slowly prising herself free from a dead marriage and discovering the Earth come to life around her in ways that she had never expected, is the eternal experience of a brightening morning after dark, moribund night. It reflects my own up and down relationship with the book itself: the mechanical dissonance versus the emotional intelligence. It’s also the kind of tale rarely told in environmentally-focussed books: more a celebration of what surrounds us than a mourning for what we have destroyed.

The Carbon Fields

What immediately grabbed me about this book was that, from the outset, it courageously extended a single, elegant solution to all the problems faced, or caused, by the meat and dairy industries: a return to the use of grassland. For such an accessible resource to represent a cure-all for so many issues in our over-complicated industrial world seems akin to someone finally inventing the perpetual…