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Books on the Environment for Kids
Small Is Beautiful : Economics As If People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher. Paperback - 352 pages (September 1989). List Price: $13.50. Our Price: $10.80. Schumacher's 1973 classic critique of the purely profit-driven modern industrial state, reissued with new prefaces and still inspiring and thought-provoking. The subtitle "Economics as if People Mattered" emphasizes Schumacher's desires to bring non-economic factors into decision and policy making, and to make work a fulfilling experience for everybody rather than just a means for income generation. But the trends that Schumacher deplored are as destructive to the planet as they are to the human spirit, and the book can also be read as "Economics as if Natural Resources Mattered". Schumacher's proposals on new patterns of ownership within a capitalist economy could provide a new way of bringing resource depletion under control. He proposed replacing corporate taxes with a new system where the public acquires a 50% share in the equity of large corporations. Justified by the hidden subsidies given to industry through government-financed infrastructure, this system would give the public more influence in guiding resource-dependent industry so that non-economic factors and long-term sustainability can be given more weight. His proposals deserve serious consideration as ways of conserving natural resources by public participation rather than government regulation.
Eco-Restructuring : Implications for Sustainable Development by Robert U. Ayres. Paperback (February 1998). Our Price: $29.95. "This book provides a significant contribution to the literature on sustainability by identifying, on a sectoral basis, the critical issues facing the world as a whole, and the technical feasibility of addressing them. A new paradigm of eco-restructuring for sustainable development is introduced, involving shifts in technology, economic activities and lifestyles needed to harmonize human activities with natural systems. Robert U. Ayres is Sandoz Professor of Management and the Environment at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), Fontainebleau, France." (from the publisher).
People and Pixels : Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science by Diana M. Liverman (Editor), National Research Council. Our Price: $29.00. Paperback - 240 pages. National Academy Press.
Who Will Feed China? : Wake-Up Call for a Small Planet (The Worldwatch Environmental Alert) by Lester R. Brown. List: $19.95; Our Price: $13.97. (Paperback List: $8.95; Our Price: $7.16)
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, Al Gore. List: $13.00; Our Price: $10.40. The book that woke the world up to environmental problems by revealing the poisoning of birds by insecticides.
How Many People Can the Earth Support? List: $14.95; Our Price: $11.96. The first scholarly analysis of the carrying capacity of the earth for human beings.
Insects of the Los Angeles Basin by Charles L. Hogue. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (September 1992). Our Price: $27.95 Paperback.
A Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Orange County, California by Fred M. Roberts, Jr. (1998). F. M. Roberts Publications. Paperback - 96 pages, 2nd edition. Our Price: $7.95 + $1.35 special surcharge. Review by Dr. Peter Bowler.
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