The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need

The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need

Chris Turner


After the fierce warnings and grim predictions of The climate Makers and An Inconvenient Truth, acclaimed journalist and nationwide bestselling writer Chris Turner reveals wish within the look for a sustainable future.

Point of no go back: The chilling word has turn into the ever-present mantra of ecological doomsayers, a troubling headline above tales of melting permafrost and receding ice caps, visions of disaster and fears of an issue with out resolution. bold to step past the rhetoric of panic and depression, The Geography of Hope issues to the intense gentle on the finish of this very darkish tunnel.

With a mixture of front-line reporting, research and passionate argument, Chris Turner items jointly the glimmers of optimism amid the gloom and the recommendations already at paintings around the globe, from Canada’s greatest wind farm to Asia’s greenest development and Europe’s such a lot green groups. however the Geography of wish is going some distance past mere know-how. Turner seeks out the following iteration of political, monetary, social and non secular associations that can give you the worldwide foundations for a sustainable future–from the fairway hills of northern Thailand to the parliament homes of Scandinavia, from the villages of southern India, the place microcredit finance has remade the social textile, to America’s such a lot forward-thinking imagine tanks.

In this compelling first-person exploration, punctuated through the sweetness and angst of a author gaining knowledge of the world’s beacons of danger, Chris Turner items jointly a stunning map of the disparate landmarks in a geography of hope.

While lots of the international has been spinning in stagnant circles of recrimination and debate just about weather switch, paralyzed by way of visions of apocalypse either typical (if not anything of our lifestyle adjustments) and financial (if an excessive amount of does), Denmark has easily marched off with steadfast unravel into the sustainable destiny, achieving the zenith of its pioneering trek at the island of Samsø. And so if there’s an encircled megastar in this patchwork map indicating hope’s modest capital, then it may be competently put on this island. possibly, for the sake of precision, on the geographic centre of Jørgen Tranberg’s dairy farm.

There are, I’m yes, any variety of photos referred to as to brain by way of speak of ecological revolution and renewable strength and sustainable dwelling, yet I’m beautiful definite they don’t usually comprise a hearty fiftysomething Dane in rubber boots noticed with dust and cow shit. that is why Samsø’s transformation isn't just innovative yet inspiring, not only a big swap yet a tantalizingly possible one. And it was once a transformation that appeared at its such a lot workaday–near-effortless, not more outstanding than the cool October wind gusting around the island–down on Tranberg’s farm.
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