Increasingly, consumers in North America and Europe see their purchasing as a way to express to the commercial world their concerns about trade justice, the environment and similar issues. This ethical consumption has attracted growing attention in the press and among academics.
Many of our favourite brands now openly espouse 'ethical' credentials, so how is it that they can import billions of pounds' worth of goods from the developing world every year while leaving the people who produce them barely scraping a living? Are they being cynically opportunistic? The author travels the world to establish the truth.
Explains what Fair Trade is and where you can find Fair Trade products. This title discusses who it helps, who it doesn't help, and why. It asks questions, such as "Are you willing to spend more money on an item knowing that the producers of the item have received fair pay?"
An account English weather, which is at the very heart of English life and culture, as it is experienced physically, emotionally and spiritually. It catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals: 'Bloody cold', says Jonathan Swift in the 'slobbery' January of 1713; Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one.
Reviews the way in which our unchecked human activity could change the world forever, with a perspective on what we can do to reverse the damage. This book charts the dramatic explosion of human population and consumption and its impact on climate change and our planet.
Argues that two conflicting paradigms (one developing food through integrating the 'life sciences', the other though 'ecology') are battling to replace the dominant industrial-productionist model of the 20th century, grappling to attract investment, public support and policy legitimacy over the appropriate use of biology and food technologies.
Described as 'Britain's greatest living nature writer', the author has revealed his passion for the natural world in eloquent stories for BBC Wildlife Magazine. This title features his favourite pieces and presents a view of the changing natural landscape in which we live.
An introduction to strategic environmental assessment (SEA), which considers the environmental impact of various global policies and programmes. The text reviews the current status of SEA, evaluates its application in various countries and analyzes its future importance.
Initially published in 1969, and one of Fuller's most popular works, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth is a brilliant synthesis of his world view. In this very accessible volume, Fuller investigates the great challenges facing humanity, and the principles for avoiding extinction and "exercising our option to make it."
The National Research Council conducted an independent study to weigh the collective evidence for fishery-induced changes to marine ecosystems and the implications of the findings for US fisheries management. This book provides comprehensive information in regard to these findings.
Four fields spread around the world: their grasses, their hedges, their birds, their skies, and their natural and human histories. Four real fields - walkable, mappable, man-made, mowable and knowable, but also secretive, mysterious, wild, contested and changing. This book tells the story of four green fields.
From artificial glaciers in the Himalayas to painted mountains in Peru, electrified reefs in the Maldives to garbage islands in the Caribbean, the author found people doing the most extraordinary things to solve the problems that we ourselves have created.
Britain has some of the most beautiful woodland in the world, with some of the most beautiful inhabitants. All year round, the trees in forests, copses and wastelands offer our feathered friends food, shelter and a place to congregate and show-off. This book captures Britain's woodland life with his charming and distinctive illustrations.
Contains two interlocking strands: the story of those who sought to know and understand our weather; and the story of its impact on us - our history, our culture, the way we think and behave. This work focuses on the people who volunteered and toiled for the cause, telling their stories by tracking them down to the places.
Presents an exploration of what rivers mean to us and an account of what we owe to them. This title also presents an exploration into the historical, geographical, social, cultural and industrial aspects of a river filled with the curiosities, forgotten characters and departed ways.
Richard Mabey, Britain's foremost nature writer, fell into a severe depression. The natural world - which since childhood had been a source of joy and inspiration for him - became meaningless. Then, cared for by friends, he moved to East Anglia and he started to write again. This book deals with his life and work.
Many years ago, Tom Fort drove his little red car onto the ferry at Felixstowe, bound for all points east. Eastern Europe was still a faraway place, just emerging from its half-century of waking nightmare, blinking, injured, full of fears but importantly full of hope too. Things were different then.
Blends natural science, myth, folklore and the history of travel to introduce you to the ancient art of finding your way using nature's own sign-posts, from the feel of a rock to the look of the moon. In this edition, you'll learn why some trees grow the way they do and how they can help you find your way in the countryside.
This book provides a description, based upon research evidence from the Near East and elsewhere, of changes in climate and how they affected social and political developments. It includes three major case studies of the Neolithic, Early Bronze, and Roman/Byzantine periods.
This book is very different from existing environment and development texts. Rather than listing problems, making warnings and voicing advocacy, this title looks at practical management and problem-solving techniques.
The first indepth analysis of the role of cities in addressing climate change. Provides a valuable interdisciplinary analysis of the issues and will appeal to students and researchers interested in sustainability at local and global scales. Features on Australian case study (Newcastle, NSW).
Provides an introduction to the major pollutants causing concern, a description of their sources and how their emissions and concentrations have changed through time. This book examines - atmospheric pollution at global, continental and local scales; the development of policy at national and international levels; among others.
Presents an analysis of sustainable development in both theory and practice. This book discusses the origins of thinking about sustainability and sustainable development and its evolution. It offers insights into the challenges of environmental sustainability and social and economic development.
Is the earth, which is a fit environment for man and other organic life, a purposefully made creation? Have its climates, its relief, the configuration of its continents influenced the moral and social nature of individuals, and have they had an influence in molding the character and nature of human culture? This title explores this questions.
An introduction to the sociological study of the environment. It emphasises the ways in which our conceptualisation of the relationships between environments and human societies differ historically and cross-culturally.
Explores the people and places that have forged this national treasure, from the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the leisure explosion on our waterways today. Illustrated with maps and photographs, this book traces canal routes across the UK, from the Georgian grandeur of Bath to the dramatic splendour of the Scottish Highlands.
Fair Trade is a growing global movement. Why is Fair Trade so important? This book provides 50 reasons why everyone should buy fair trade. It gives an account of how every consumer can play a part in saving lives and improving the way global trade operates.