Healing earth An ecologist's journey of innovation and environmental stewardship

John Todd, 1939-

Book - 2019

A stand-out from the sea of despairing messages about climate change, well-known sustainability elder John Todd, who has taught, mentored, and inspired such well-known names in the field as Janine Benyus, Bill McKibben, and Paul Hawken, chronicles the different ecological interventions he has created over the course of his career. Each chapter offers a workable engineering solution to an existing environmental problem: healing the aftermath of mountain-top removal and valley-fill coal mining in ...Appalachia, using windmills and injections of bacteria to restore the health of a polluted New England pond, working with community members in a South African village to protect an important river. A mix of both success stories and concrete suggestions for solutions to tackle as yet unresolved issues, Todd's narrative provides an important addition to the conversation about specific ways we can address the planetary crisis. Eighty-five colour photos and images illustrate Todd's concepts. This is a refreshingly hopeful, proactive book and also a personal story that covers a known practitioner's groundbreaking career.

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Published
Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books [2019]
Language
English
Physical Description
xiii, 182 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-173) and index.
ISBN
1623172985
9781623172985
Main Author
John Todd, 1939- (author)
  • A vision of hope
  • The birth of an ecological technology
  • Steps to a theory of ecological design
  • The edge of the sea
  • Restoring polluted waters ecologically
  • Healing degraded streams and rivers
  • The early evolution of restorer eco-technologies
  • Lessons from the sea
  • A plan to restore marine bays and salt ponds along the Atlantic Coast of North America
  • Caribbean futures
  • Solar and wind-powered workboats
  • Cleaning up an ongoing oil spill with eco-machines
  • Hope ships : Aeolian Age vessels for ocean education and marine pollution reduction
  • Designs for southern Africa
  • Appalachian spring
  • Re-greening the earth : the challenge of the Sinai Desert.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

SUPERANNO A true pioneer and respected elder in ecological recovery and sustainability shares effective solutions he has designed and implemented: A stand-out from the sea of despairing messages about climate change, well-known sustainability elder John Todd, who has taught, mentored, and inspired such well-known names in the field as Janine Benyus, Bill McKibben, and Paul Hawken, chronicles the different ecological interventions he has created over the course of his career. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A true pioneer and respected elder in ecological recovery and sustainability shares effective solutions he has designed and implemented.A stand-out from the sea of despairing messages about climate change, well-known sustainability elder John Todd, who has taught, mentored, and inspired such well-known names in the field as Janine Benyus, Bill McKibben, and Paul Hawken, chronicles the different ecological interventions he has created over the course of his career. Each chapter offers a workable engineering solution to an existing environmental problem: healing the aftermath of mountain-top removal and valley-fill coal mining in Appalachia, using windmills and injections of bacteria to restore the health of a polluted New England pond, working with community members in a South African village to protect an important river. A mix of both success stories and concrete suggestions for solutions to tackle as yet unresolved issues, Todd's narrative provides an important addition to the conversation about specific ways we can address the planetary crisis. Eighty-five color photos and images illustrate Todd's concepts. This is a refreshingly hopeful, proactive book and also a personal story that covers a known practitioner's groundbreaking career.