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Judith Schwartz provides a much bigger narrative for mitigating climate change through healing ecosystems and cooling the planet. She presents compelling stories about projects around the world that provide hope and pathways of action. She has accessed global leaders in ecosystem regeneration such as John Liu, Allan Savory and Professor Millan Millan and revealing much more than the work they do, provides insights into their lives and motivations. Her story about the reindeer reveals how beneficial ways to heal the climate arise from the most unexpected circumstances. Her work reveals our collective arrogance in thinking that we know the best solutions. Her book gave me greater hope for the future.
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2020
This is an important and beautifully written book by an author who’s both a terrific reporter and a deep thinker. It follows the stories of people all over the planet who are restoring devastated ecosystems, and it shows us some paths to lasting success. We learn that in order to heal the land one needs not just good information, techniques, and funding, but also—perhaps most important—addressing the difficult relationships and conflicts among the people who live there, which sometimes seem intractable but can actually be healed. We travel to China, the Middle East, New Mexico, Mali, Hawaii, Spain, Norway, and other places where people are working with each other and working with nature, rather than against it. The results are extraordinary: healthy land, clean water, economic prosperity, and even climate change mitigation. The book made me feel hopeful—but in a practical way. The work of regenerating a ravaged earth is doable when we look at our own conflicts, shift our paradigms away from an extractive, short-term mindset, and get to work—on every level from a small garden to a vast landscape. Judith Schwartz’s work is extraordinary and her insights are vital. I hope everyone reads this book!
If you're even at all environmentally-inclined, read this book. If you like stories of facing impossible odds and overcoming, read this book. I love everything in here and am super impressed by the author/journalist but also all of the amazing people and projects she highlights.
Judith Schwartz blends really insightful information with wonderful writing. The powerful combination makes for a compelling and really enjoyable read.
Always a step ahead of the ordinary climate discourse, Judy once again takes us to places we have never been, telling stories of ordinary humans going to extraordinary lengths to restore the health of our planet, and shows us that we have the answers within us. We *can* do this.
A true visionary and thought leader, this is a must read for anyone who cares about climate.