Good News for a Change: Hope for a Troubled Planet. .

Good News for a Change: Hope for a Troubled Planet. . – book review

Good News for a Change: Hope for a Troubled Planet.

David Suzuki & Holly Dressel

Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd., 2002

reviewed by Teresa Neuman

Everyday we hear bad news about the future of our planet. In Good News for a Change co-authors David Suzuki and Holly Dressel share their belief that the environment and business can mix. The good news for the reader is that many solutions for saving the planet are already within our reach. The book is full of examples of victories won by individuals, co-operatives and green businesses around the world. In order to stop the devastation of ocean resources by foreign fishing trawlers, villagers in India blocked the access of the trawlers to the ocean’s riches. In the process, the government of India was embarrassed into reforming its environmental protection laws. In the German town of Schoenau, a group of parents who were opposed to nuclear power formed their own power cooperative defeating the monopoly of the power company.

The citizens of Bogota, Columbia have instituted “Car-free” days. The downtown core of that city is designed to encourage travel by bicycle or public transit. A Canadian example is the city of Toronto which has started to retrofit many major office buildings, dramatically reducing CO2 emissions, saving millions of dollars in hydroelectric power and creating 3000 jobs in the process.

Suzuki and Dressel temper the optimism of the book with the message that more can be done. Big corporations are making some changes but are slower to act if profits are affected. Canada lags behind other nations for its environmental clean up efforts. Technology invented in Canada is being used to clean up toxic waste sites in Australia and the United States – however, the same technology is not being used to clean up the tar ponds of Sydney, Nova Scotia where pollution continues to affect the lives of the families living there.

Suzuki and Dressel provide a world view of people working to protect the planet we live on. The book points out that by working together, we can all make a difference. Read the book and decide what action you can take to preserve the Earth. No effort is too small.

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