Seen around town: Some straphangers lined up along the rainy block of West 4th ave & Vine earlier this week.
If you don’t know what a straphanger is check out Taras Grescoe’s awesome book on the topic: www.tarasgrescoe.com/straphanger/about.html.
Around Town: 'The St. George Sharing Library'
I was biking along the 10th Ave bikeway the other day and noticed this neat lil library hanging on the fence in front of a house. So I stopped and snapped a picture of it. The ironic thing was when I went online later in the day I turned up an article looking at community based pop up libraries here in Vancouver! It even had a section covering this one. Here’s an excerpt:
"The two-tiered structure on East 10th Avenue, near St. George Street, was assembled by George Rahi and his roommates. Previously an old shelf found discarded in an alley, it is now stacked with dozens of books, free for the taking – a little library made by, and for, the community. Recent offerings include textbooks, novels and children’s books; a notice board is covered in hand-written thank-you notes. (“I have found quite a few little gems at your library hot-spot, and for this, I am grateful,” reads one.)"
(Source: Globe & Mail)
I’ve got more photos here if you’re interested.
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!