Can We Save the Planet?: A Primer for the 21st Century (The Big Idea) by Alice Bell
English | April 21st, 2020 | ISBN: 0500295301 | 144 pages | EPUB | 88.71 MB
This new volume in The Big Idea series surveys the detrimental impact humans have had on the planet and evaluates what we can do to reverse the damage.
The effects of global warming are being felt around the world through climate change, and images of our rivers and oceans choking with plastic have provoked an instinctive, horrified reaction. In response, governments, corporations, and individuals are beginning to change their policies and behavior—but is it too little, too late? Is it still possible to reverse the damage we have done to the planet?
This title in The Big Idea series, Can We Save the Planet?, provides an in-depth understanding of global warming, climate change, and the disastrous effects on our oceans through the prevalence of single-use plastics. It begins by setting out the evidence and arguments concerning the relationship of escalating carbon emissions and deforestation with the planet’s environmental decline. It offers insightful analysis of our consumerist, throwaway culture, and evaluates whether we can save the planet through a combination of proactive individual action and governmental policy, or if we can only react to the problems caused as they arise, using modern technologies.
Can We Save the Planet? is an incisive, engaging, and authoritative text on one of today’s key issues, written by an expert in the field.
Today, the term ‘tree-hugger’ tends to be used to dismiss environmentalists: people who are dreamily more interested in plants than in their fellow humans. But the first recorded tree-huggers – a group of Bishnoi villagers in Rajasthan, India – were acutely aware of the importance of trees in nature. In 1730, a number of Khejri trees were due to be felled to build a new palace for Abhai Singh, the Raja of Marwar (now Jodhpur). The local people relied on the trees’ shade, leaves, sap and bark. Understandably, the trees had grown to hold cultural significance for the community, too. One villager, Amrita Devi, said she would rather die than see the trees cut down. The axe men took her at her word and chopped her head off in place of a tree. Her three daughters followed their mother’s lead, paying the same price, and soon other villagers began to hug the remaining trees tight, putting their bodies clearly in the way of the axes. This action spread to other parts of the region, and more than 360 tree-huggers lost their lives while protecting their trees. When the Raja heard of the bloodbath, he declared the village would never again be compelled to provide wood for the kingdom.