October 22, 2014

books (others)

Other books Edward Goldsmith contributed to

Participating in democracy

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Preface to The urban village: a charter for democracy and sustainable development in the city, by Alberto Magnaghi. Published by Zed Books, September 2005. The thesis of this important little book is a very radical one. Alberto Magnaghi, a highly respected town planner, is in effect calling for the reversal of present trends towards a […]

Globalization and climate change

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From Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible, eds John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, 2004. Climate change may be the most daunting problem that humankind has ever encountered, and economic globalization is accelerating it. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) now predicts a temperature change of up to 5.8 degrees centigrade during […]

What to do?

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Chapter from La Terre Vue du Ciel by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Paris, 3 September 2002). Edward Goldsmith reflects on the many changes needed in human society and governance to ensure our survival. I am afraid that there are few superficial changes that are going to save our beleaguered planet. What needs to be changed is […]

Le Piège se Referme – Introduction

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Introduction by Edward Goldsmith to Le Piège se Referme (The Trap Snaps Shut) (Plon, May 2002), in which he and other authors take a fresh look at Le Piège (The Trap), by his brother, Jimmy Goldsmith (Editions Fixot, March 1994). Le Piège se Referme contains a collection of writings by Maurice Allais (Winner of a […]

Introduction to World Rescue

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Introduction to the booklet World Rescue by Nares Craig, 2002 The French seventeenth century philosopher, Blaise Pascale, once apologized to a lady he corresponded with for writing her such a long letter, but, as he sought to make her understand, he “did not have the time to write her a shorter one”. This may appear […]

He knew he was right!

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A tribute to John Victor Aspinall: gambler, casino owner and zoo-keeper—11 June 1926–26 June 2000. This article, written on 8th August 2000, was included in the limited edition volume John Aspinall among his friends, edited by Robin Birley (Harley Publishing, 2000). John Aspinall founded Howletts Zoo, near Canterbury in Kent, which continues under the management […]

Greening economics

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Foreword to Green Economics: beyond supply and demand to meeting people’s needs by Molly Scott Cato and Miriam Kennett. Green Audit, Aberystwyth 1999. For more information on the book, see here. Miriam Kennet is a co-founder and director of the Green Economics Institute. Conventional economics just isn’t working. At least, it is not accurately or […]

Development, biospheric ethics and a new way forward

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Contribution to The Future of Progress – reflections on environment and development, edited by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Peter Goering and Steven Gorelick on behalf of ISEC (the International Society for Ecology and Culture). This is a collection of essays that challenge the Western notions of progress that dominate the current debate on environment and development. Contributors […]

Exposing the myth of economic growth

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Foreword to The Growth Illusion: how economic growth has enriched the few, impoverished the many and endangered the planet, by Richard Douthwaite. Published by Green Books, April 1992. Modern industrial man regards economic growth (or ‘economic develop­ment’, as it is called when it occurs in the Third World) as synonymous with progress, and thus sacred. […]

Free Trade and GATT

Towards Hope (cover)

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m4s0n501 This talk was delivered at the India International Centre on 13 December 1991 as part of a series of lectures and meetings organised by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) in 1991-1992. It was then published by INTACH in Towards Hope – an ecological approach to the future by Vandana […]

Uncle Teddy

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This is a chapter about Teddy Goldsmith from Green Warriors by the prodigious environmental writer Fred Pearce. Green Warriors was edited by Jill Black, and published by The Bodley Head, London, 10 January 1991. The publisher’s synopsis reads: “As the century comes to a close and we begin to comprehend the scale and brutality of […]

Foreword to The Earth Report 2

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The last two years have seen considerable changes in the public’s perception of the environmental problems that confront us today. More and more people have woken up to the realization that we are rapidly destroying our planet and that something must be done about it. As a result more and more people are joining environmental […]

Gaia and Evolution (preface)

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Preface for Gaia and Evolution: Proceedings of the Second Annual Camelford Conference on the Implications of the Gaia Thesis If we accept the Gaia Thesis, in which the Earth is seen to be a planetary system with certain self-regulating features that are controlled by the combined activities of the biota, such as surface temperature, climate, […]

The Earth Report – Preface

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The highly influential Earth Report, edited by Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard, was published in 1988 by Mitchell Beazley, London. The US edition was published by Price Stern Loan, Los Angeles, California, also in 1988. Edward Goldsmith wrote the Preface which is reproduced below. Other chapters were: “Man and the Natural Order” by Donald Worster […]

The Jewish community of Frankfurt

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Preface to The Jewish Community of Frankfurt: a genealogical study 1349-1849 by Alexander Dietz. Edited by Isobel Mordy. Vanderher Publications, Cornwall 1988 I have great pleasure in presenting the first English version of Alexander Dietz’s remarkable study: Stammbuch der Frankfurter Juden that was first published in Frankfurt in 1907. The English version is a little […]

The problem of deforestation

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From the Global Forest Fund Theme Book, JCI (Junior Chamber International) Conference, Rotterdam, 1982. In a few decades, world tropical forests will have been cleared. This is a terrible tragedy, not only because they are so magnificent and so awe-inspiring, but deforestation in the tropics is the first step towards poverty, malnutrition and eventual starvation. […]

Covering up the future

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The Foreword by Edward Goldsmith for Cover up: the facts they don’t want you to know by Nicholas Hildyard, co-editor of The Ecologist. Published by New English Library in 1981 (hardback) and 1983 (paperback). In October 1980, Mr Trevor Brown, head of the chemical division at Aldermaston responsible for processing weapons grade plutonium, was officially […]

Under control?

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Do the laws regulating pesticide use in Britain really protect our health and environment? This article was written as the Introduction to The Pesticide Conspiracy by Robert van den Bosch (April 1980, Doubleday, reprinted November 1989, University of California Press). It was also published in The Ecologist Vol. 10 No. 3, March 1980. In the […]

The Careless Technology

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Introduction to The Careless Technology, eds. M. Taghi Farvar and John P. Milton, 1973. The technologist in antiquity tended to be held in low esteem. Like the Titans, he must steal the fire from the Gods, and thereby earn the wrath of Zeus. Among extant primitive societies he fares scarcely better: the blacksmiths, for instance, […]

Limits of growth in natural systems

Can Britain Survive? - front cover

This paper was first published in the General Systems: Yearbook of the Society for General Systems Research, Volume XVI, 1971. It subsequently appeared as Chapter 3 of Can Britain Survive?, published by Tom Stacey, London, 1971, and Sphere Books, London, 1971 (paperback). « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » The first stage in the study […]