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Issue 20, August 8, 2009 

Ecological Intelligence for the 21st Century
“Trendalyzer” Shows How Statistics Interact
Moving Beyond GDP
Gearing Up For Copenhagen, Seminars Look at Footprint, Biocapacity
Novel Envisions Our Ecological Future
Happy Planet Index Shows Good Life Needn’t Cost the Earth
The Natural Step Joins Global Footprint Network
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Novel Envisions Our Ecological Future

Environmentalist Peter Seidel, who has authored two non-fiction books dealing with human demand on nature, takes a different approach for exploring the consequences of ecological consumption with a new novel out in paperback, 2045: A Vision of Our Future. 


The book offers a fictional exploration of what our world will look like in thirty-five years if current trends, including the depletion of natural resources and the dumping of carbon into the atmosphere, continue un-checked.  Seidel conjures up a world in which large swathes of the western United States are a desert, cars are a luxury only the very wealthy can afford, and government and the press are in the thrall of a small number of multinational corporations.  This novel sparks readers to envision the outcomes of our current levels of resource use, and to effect positive change before it is too late.

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