En 2015, Joe Sacco s'est rendu par deux fois dans les territoires du Nord-Ouest du Canada, au dessous de l'Arctique. Il est allé à la rencontre des Denes, un peuple autochtone. L'auteur nous raconte l'histoire de ce peuple, ses traditions, restées intactes pour certaines, les premières rencontres avec les anglais.
Pendant longtemps les peuples indigènes du Grand Nord, vivant sur des terres non propices à la colonisation agricole, restèrent livrés à eux-mêmes, jusqu'à ce que la découverte de pétrole et d'or incite le gouvernement à officialiser son autorité sur eux, comme sur leurs terres. À cette période, les autorités s'appropriaient les territoires, non plus par les massacres, mais cliniquement, méthodiquement, et de façon administrative - grâce à des traités.
En lisant ceux-ci, on n'échappe pas à l'impression que les « Indiens » ont donné la terre où ils vivaient en échange de la promesse d'une annuité de quelques dollars, de quelques outils et de médailles pour ceux qui se disaient leurs chefs. Aujourd'hui, la fracturation hydraulique ajoute la pollution à la spoliation initiale.
Most people can name the influential leaders and major battles of the past. Few can name the most destructive storms, the worst winters, the most devastating droughts.
In The Earth Transformed , ground-breaking historian Peter Frankopan reconnects us with our ancestors who, like us, worshipped, exploited and conserved the natural environment - and draws salutary conclusions about what the future may bring.
In this revelatory book, Frankopan shows that engagement with the natural world and with climatic change and their effects on us are not new: exploring, for instance, how the development of religion and language and their relationships with the environment; tracing how growing demands for harvests resulted in the increased shipment of enslaved peoples; scrutinising how the desire to centralise agricultural surplus formed the origins of the bureaucratic state; and seeing how efforts to understand and manipulate the weather have a long and deep history. Understanding how past shifts in natural patterns have shaped history, and how our own species has shaped terrestrial, marine and atmospheric conditions is not just important but essential at a time of growing awareness of the severity of the climate crisis.
Taking us from the beginning of recorded history to the present day, The Earth Transformed forces us to reckon with humankind''s continuing efforts to make sense of the natural world.>
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Lord Shackleton, a preface by World Wildlife Fund founder Julian Huxley, and an afterword by Carson's biographer Linda Lear. Now recognized as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century, Silent Spring exposed the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides. Despite condemnation in the press and heavy-handed attempts by the chemical industry to ban the book, Rachel Carson succeeded in creating a new public awareness of the environment which led to changes in government and inspired the ecological movement. It is thanks to this book, and the help of many environmentalists, that harmful pesticides such as DDT were banned from use in the US and countries around the world. Rachel Carson (1907-64) wanted to be a writer for as long as she could remember. Her first book, Under the Sea Wind , appeared in 1941. Silent Spring , which alerted the world to the dangers of the misuse of pesticides, was published in 1962. Carson's articles on natural history appeared in the Atlantic Monthly , the New Yorker , Reader's Digest and Holiday . An ardent ecologist and preservationist, Carson warned against the dumping of atomic waste at sea and predicted global warming. If you enjoyed Silent Spring, you might like John Christopher's The Death of Grass , also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Carson's books brought ecology into popular consciousness' Daily Telegraph 'Very few books change the course of history. Those that do include Silent Spring ' Linda Lear, author of Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature
Greta Thunberg was born in 2003. In August 2018, she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish Parliament that has since spread all over the world. She is an activist in Fridays for Future and has spoken at climate
The climate change is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can''t prevent it. ''Today, the scientific evidence verges on irrefutable. If you''re younger than sixty, you have a good chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on earth-massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies, epic flooding, hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If you''re under thirty, you''re all but guaranteed to witness it. If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever more frustrated or enraged by the world''s inaction. Or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope.'' This is Jonathan Franzen''s controversial New Yorker essay, published as a single volume that discusses a planet on the cusp of and what and how individuals can respond to that.
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass , Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on "a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise" (Elizabeth Gilbert). Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings-asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass-offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
Here, with the precision of a scientist and the simplicity of a fable, Rachel Carson reveals how man-made pesticides have destroyed wildlife, creating a world of polluted streams and silent songbirds.
An urgent investigation of the most underreported, seismic consequence of climate change: how it will force us to change where - and how - we livebr>br>We are facing a species emergency. With every degree of temperature rise, a billion people will be displaced from the zone in which humans have lived for thousands of years. While we must do everything we can to mitigate the impact of climate change, the brutal truth is that huge swathes of the world are becoming uninhabitable. From Bangladesh to Sudan to the western United States, and in cities from Cardiff to New Orleans to Shanghai, the quadruple threat of drought, heat, wildfires and flooding will utterly reshape Earth''s human geography in the coming decades. br>br> In this rousing call to arms, Royal Society Science Prize-winning author Gaia Vince demonstrates how we can plan for and manage this unavoidable climate migration. The vital message of this book is that migration is not the problem-it''s the solution. Rich countries in the north are facing demographic crises and labour shortages. Drawing on a wealth of eye-opening data and original reporting, Vince shows how migration brings benefits not only to migrants themselves, but to host countries, who benefit economically as well as culturally. A borderless world is not something to fear: in fact, studies suggest that it would double global GDP. As Vince describes, we will need to move northwards as a species, into the habitable fringes of Europe and Asia, into Canada and the greening Arctic circle. Nowhere will be spared the devastating impacts of climate disruption, but some places, Vince identifies, will also see some benefits from rising temperatures and growing populations.br>br> While the climate catastrophe is finally getting the attention it deserves, the inevitability of mass migration has been largely ignored. In Nomad Century, Vince provides, for the first time, an examination of the most pressing question facing humanity.>
Taking its title from a chilling warning made by the United Nations that the world''s soils could be lost within a lifetime, Sixty Harvests Left uncovers how the food industry is threatening the planet. Put simply, without soils there will be no food: game over. And time is running out.
From the United Kingdom to Italy, from Brazil to Gambia to the USA, Philip Lymbery, the internationally acclaimed author of Farmageddon , goes behind the scenes of industrial farming and confronts ''Big Agriculture'', where mega-farms, chemicals and animal cages are sweeping the countryside and jeopardising the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the nature that we treasure.
In his investigations, however, he also finds hope in the pioneers who are battling to bring landscapes back to life, who are rethinking farming methods, rediscovering traditional techniques and developing technologies to feed an ever-expanding global population.
Impassioned, balanced and persuasive, Sixty Harvests Left not only demonstrates why future harvests matter more than ever, but reveals how we can restore our planet for a nature-friendly future.>
REBECCA SOLNIT is the author of more than twenty books, including Orwell's Roses; Hope in the Dark; Men Explain Things to Me; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in
James Hamilton-Paterson is a novelist and non-fiction writer whose books defy easy categorisation. Gerontius won the Whitbread Prize; Cooking with Fernet Branca was longlisted for the Booker Prize. His acclaimed books o
Farming is the world''s greatest cause of environmental destruction - and the one we are least prepared to talk about. We criticise urban sprawl, but farming sprawls across thirty times as much land. We have ploughed, fenced and grazed great tracts of the planet, felling forests, killing wildlife, and poisoning rivers and oceans to feed ourselves. Yet millions still go hungry. br>br>Now the food system itself is beginning to falter. But, as George Monbiot shows us in this brilliant, bracingly original new book, there is another way.br>br>Regenesis is a breathtaking vision of a new future for food and for humanity. Drawing on astonishing advances in soil ecology, Monbiot reveals how new discoveries about the world beneath our feet could allow us to grow more food with less farming, and transform our relationship with the living planet. He meets the people who are unlocking these methods, from the fruit and vegetable grower who is revolutionising our understanding of fertility; through breeders of perennial grains, liberating the land from ploughs and poisons; to the scientists pioneering new ways to grow protein and fat. Together, they show how the tiniest life forms could help us resolve the biggest of our dilemmas: how to feed the world without devouring the planet. br>br>Here, for the first time, is a thrilling vision of abundant, cheap and healthy food, which could trigger a shift as profound as the invention of agriculture. Here is a new cuisine that would let us make peace with the planet, restore its living systems, and replace the age of extinction with an age of regenesis.>
An inspirational manifesto for change'' Caroline Lucas, former leader of The Green Party br>br>''A remarkable and important book'' Steve Backshall, Naturalist, Broadcaster, and Authorbr>br>''A visionary statement for the future [...] Pragmatic, positive & beautifully written'' Ben Macdonald, Award-Winning Conservation Writer, Wildlife TV Producer and Naturalistbr>____________________________br>br>Across the planet, the futures of young people hang in the balance as they face the harsh realities of the environmental crisis. Isn''t it time we made their voices heard?br>br>The Children of the Anthropocene, by conservationist and activist Bella Lack, chronicles the lives of the diverse young people on the frontlines of the environmental crisis around the world, amplifying the voices of those living at the heart of the crisis.br>br>Advocating for the protection of both people and the planet, Bella restores the beating heart to global environmental issues, from air pollution to deforestation and overconsumption, by telling the stories of those most directly affected. Transporting us from the humming bounty of Ecuador''s Choco Rainforest and the graceful arcs of the Himalayan Mountains, to the windswept plains and vibrant vistas of life in Altiplano, Bella speaks to young activists from around the world including Dara McAnulty, Afroz Shah and Artemisa Xakriaba, and brings the crisis vividly to life.br>br>It''s time we passed the mic and listened to different perspectives. Bella''s manifestos for change will inspire and mobilize you to rediscover the wonders and wilds of nature and, ultimately, change the way you think about our planet in crisis. This is your chance to hear the urgent stories of an endangered species too often overlooked: the children of the Anthropocene. br>____________________________br>br>''Extraordinarily moving, wild and engaging - the book of the moment'' Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and author of Climate Justicebr>br>''Astute, erudite and crystalline, Bella writes with visionary clarity and passion [...] It''s a wonderful book'' Dara McAnulty, award-winning author of Diary of a Young Naturalist>
Simon Mundy covers environmental and sustainability issues for the Financial Times. He began his reporting career in Johannesburg, where he covered Southern Africa for the FT before a period writing on the London financ
Andreas Malm is a scholar of human ecology, and the author of How to Blow Up a Pipeline, Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency, The Progress of this Storm, and Fossil Capital, which won the Isaac and Tamara D
Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, published by Bloomsbury in 2015, was a No. 1 Sunday Times
Georgina Wilson-Powell is a sustainability journalist and magazine editor working in various editorial roles in the UK and UAE. She has been published in the Guardian, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Finan
Stephanie Seneff is a senior research scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She has a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in food and nutrition, and a master's degree, an engineer's degree, and
This book must not be ignored. It really is our final warning.
Mark Lynas delivers a vital account of the future of our earth, and our civilisation, if current rates of global warming persist. And it''s only looking worse.
We are living in a climate emergency. But how much worse could it get? Will civilisation collapse? Are we already past the point of no return? What kind of future can our children expect? Rigorously cataloguing the very latest climate science, Mark Lynas explores the course we have set for Earth over the next century and beyond. Degree by terrifying degree, he charts the likely consequences of global heating and the ensuing climate catastrophe.
At one degree - the world we are already living in - vast wildfires scorch California and Australia, while monster hurricanes devastate coastal cities. At two degrees the Arctic ice cap melts away, and coral reefs disappear from the tropics. At three, the world begins to run out of food, threatening millions with starvation. At four, large areas of the globe are too hot for human habitation, erasing entire nations and turning billions into climate refugees. At five, the planet is warmer than for 55 million years, while at six degrees a mass extinction of unparalleled proportions sweeps the planet, even raising the threat of the end of all life on Earth.
These escalating consequences can still be avoided, but time is running out. We must largely stop burning fossil fuels within a decade if we are to save the coral reefs and the Arctic. If we fail, then we risk crossing tipping points that could push global climate chaos out of humanity''s control.
This book must not be ignored. It really is our final warning.