Description : Plants are not just a pretty part of the landscape; they keep the entire planet, with all of its human and nonhuman inhabitants, alive. Stanley Rice documents the many ways in which plants do this by making oxygen, regulating the greenhouse effect, controlling floods, and producing all the food in the world. Plants also create natural habitats for all organisms in the world. With illustrations and clear writing for non-specialists, Green Planet helps general readers realize that if we are to rescue the Earth from environmental disaster, we must protect wild plants. Beginning with an overview of how human civilization has altered the face of the Earth, particularly by the destruction of forests, the book details the startling consequences of these actions. Rice provides compelling reasons for government officials, economic leaders, and the public to support efforts to save threatened and endangered plants. Global campaigns to solve environmental problems with plants, such as the development of green roofs and the Green Belt Movement—a women's organization in Kenya that empowers communities worldwide to protect the environment—show readers that efforts to save wild plants can be successful and beneficial to the economic well-being of nations. Through current scientific evidence, readers see that plants are vital to the ecological health of our planet and understand what can be done to lead to a better—and greener—future Benefits of plants: Help modulate greenhouse gases Produce almost all oxygen in the air Create cool shade that reduces energy costs Prevent floods, droughts, and soil erosion Produce all of the food in the world Create and preserve soil Create natural habitats Heal the landscape after natural and human disasters
Description : Revised and updated throughout, this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives (contemporary and classic, activist and scholarly) and reflects voices of the powerless and powerful. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice illustrate the many ways environmental problems an
Description : Fifty years ago green was just a colour. Now it's a way of looking at our world. But how green is our planet today? From Rainbow Warrior to Exxon Valdez, from penguins to jaguars, from rainforests to oceans, this book explores the stories that have made environmental history.
Description : 'Green Planet' is a real delight. Weird, fast-moving and funny, it grabs the reader at the very beginning, charms and thrills you by turns, and doesn't let go until the end.
Description : Revised and updated throughout, this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives and captures the voices of both the powerless and the powerful. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice illustrate the many ways environmental challenges and their solutions are framed in contemporary international debates about climate, water, forests, toxics, energy, food, and biodiversity. Organized thematically, the selections offer a truly global scope. Seventeen new readings explore climate justice, globalization, land and water grabs, climate change and conflict, China’s international environmental relations, and the future of climate politics in the wake of the Paris Agreement. This book stresses the underlying questions of power, interests, authority, and legitimacy that shape environmental debates, and it provides readers with a global range of perspectives on the critical challenges facing the planet and its people. This new edition of Green Planet Blues connects directly with a wide-range of upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses.
Description : Lucidus, King of Light asks a star being named Angelique to help teach the inhabitants of the green planet, a planet in a galaxy far away from her sky, to be at peace. When Lucidus speaks, Angelique watches in awe as each exhale gives birth to a new star. Angelique promises to help this beautiful being but is unsure how she will accomplish such a mission. When she arrives at the green planet she meets with some of its inhabitants; the birds, the trees, the waters, the flowers and a boy who dances like the sun. They all lead her in the direction of the humans, those who have destroyed peace on the planet. After Angelique attempts to greet the humans she is dismayed as they are the only beings that are unable to see her or hear her. How can she help the humans if they do not know she exists? Will she be able to keep her promise to Lucidus? Doubtful and afraid, Angelique retreats to a beautiful forest where she falls asleep and is given an inspired message in a dream. Does the message encourage Angelique to complete her mission to help the humans create peace on the green planet?
Description : 'The History of modern West Africa is largely the history of five centuries of trade with European nations commerce was the fundamental relationship that bound Africa to Europe '- Kenneth Onwuka Dike. African Tales Of a Green Planet is a fictional work set in the Niger Delta area of West Africa roughly between 1730-1850, among the Igbo speaking peoples of the Niger Delta. The Niger Delta area of Nigeria is an area blessed in economic terms and has played a pivotal role in the economic history of Africa as a whole. It is an area, which in the first 400 years of trade with Europe produced, first gold, then slaves during the period of the slave trade, and palm oil after the prohibition of the slave trade, and finally crude oil in modern times. This tale explores one man's attempt (Nwosisi) to preserve the African way of life in the Sacred Forest away from all foreign intrusion. He falls deeply in love with a very beautiful girl (Ugonma) and that changes not only the course of his life but that of his environs as well, a metaphor for Africa. This tale is recounted by an old Iroko tree five hundreds of years old. In true oral tradition it captures a story of love, trade and politics, power struggles, foreign intruders, mysticism, and the daunting task of one man's attempt to preserve 'a way of life' in danger of extinction. This attempt seemed doomed from the onset; just as the notion of preserving a green planet is doomed in the context of so-called modern civilization.
Description : The thirteen exiles from Earth were hopeful when they landed on the planet Klorath. After all, others had been banished before them and had no doubt established a colony. But when the exiles found a pile of clean-picked human skulls they knew those who had preceded them were dead. They they encountered the giant, man-eating birds and realized they, too, would die if they couldn't control them. The final blow was the appearance of hostile natives, bringing with them a horde of furry animals whose slightest touch seared human flesh like a branding iron...
Description : After describing the pitiful state of our environment, the authors propose plans for citizen action groups to correct these ills.