Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: A Safe and Sustainable World: The Promise of Ecological Design

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: A Safe and Sustainable World: The Promise of Ecological Design

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Review: A Safe and Sustainable World: The Promise of Ecological Design By Nancy Jack Todd Reviewed by Elery Hamilton-Smith Charles Sturt University, Australia Nancy Jack Todd. A Safe and Sustainable World: The Promise of Ecological Design. Washington: The Island Press. 2005. 203pp. ISBN 1-55963-778-1

This is a very personal story of the efforts by the Todd Family and their friends to establish and test ecologically designed environments. The dimensions of personal and emotional experience are interwoven with the lessons learned from their two arks and the extent to which they have been recognized for their pioneering experiments. It is a valuable example of the "Think globally; Act Locally" principle, but goes further than most in making a genuine contribution to the broader conversation on sustainability.

The bibliography is a remarkable lesson in itself. It comprises philosophical and conceptual works that helped to establish the directions and principles upon which the Todds built.

Given the successful demonstration, by this work and many other similar projects, of the value of ecological principles as a basis for human action, it is disappointing that there is still limited broad-scale action in this area. …

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