Big Ideas: Lester Brown’s new book ‘World on the Edge’ (Free Download)
I first learned about Lester Brown a couple of years ago when I read his solutions-oriented book Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. Turns out he’s one of the legends of the American environmental movement, helped develop the concept of sustainable development in the 1970s and founded both the Worldwatch Institute and theEarth Policy Institute. He has also written or co-written upwards of 50 environmentally themed books, in addition to countless articles for journals and magazines.
Described by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” Brown has a new book outwith a title that doesn’t hide from the challenges before us. According to the blurb on its website 'World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse' explains that:
We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Our challenge is to think globally and develop policies to counteract environmental decline and economic collapse. The question is: Can we change direction before we go over the edge?
If you’re interested in reading ityou can buy a hard copy or download the book as a free PDF! Its website also has downloadable datasets, a fact sheet and a great PowerPoint presentation on the global food situation. Powerful stuff!