October 31, 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 […]

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