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NEW SOCIETY BLOG — Environment & Economy
For much of Richard Heinberg’s adult life, he’s been bothered by the questions of is it possible that we humans, or at least some of us, now enjoy too much of a good thing? Or is our problem merely that we don’t understand power very well and, therefore, misuse it? Today, he explores these questions and provides context for how we can better understand power.
Richard Heinberg’s latest title, Power is an exploration of humanity's power over nature and the power of some people over others. Power traces how four key elements developed to give humans extraordinary power: tool making ability, language, social complexity, and the ability to harness energy sources — most significantly, fossil fuels. Today, we take an excerpt from Power that explains how Richard started on the journey of writing this book.
The Fairy Creek Blockade is a non-violent act of civil disobedience that has stopped Teal-Jones from building roads and logging old-growth trees in the last unlogged old-growth valley on southern Vancouver Island. This organized protest protects the pristine headwaters of this ancient ecosystem from destruction and aims to create a movement that holds BC accountable for protecting its forests.
2020 Nautilus Book Award Winners
We are thrilled to announce that two of our books have are runners-up for the 2020 Eric Zencey Awards!
We are celebrating 40 Years of Publishing Books for a World of Change and we are honoured to have today's post from Judith Plant, New Society Publishers cofounder, and Publisher Emeritus, sharing with us her story of how a meeting at a book table changed the trajectory of her and partner Chris (Kip) Plant's lives.
New Society Publishers is proud to be celebrating 40 years of activist, solutions-oriented publishing.
From our roots in nonviolent civil disobedience training during the Vietnam war, to the present, we have published over 600 books, some across a dozen languages. We continue to work to bring positive solutions and cutting edge ideas to some of the most troubling challenges of our time.
Our Kids' Climate, a network of climate-parent groups from around the world, is bringing together climate leaders from Uganda, South Africa, the U.S. and Sweden to discuss how to talk to children about the climate crisis, and how to support child-led climate activism and engagement.
We are thrilled to announce that three of our books have are winners for the 2020 Living Now Book Awards!
Delayed Earth Overshoot Day points to opportunities to build future in harmony with our finite planet
COVID-19 has caused humanity's Ecological Footprint to contract, pushing the date of Earth Overshoot Day back more than three weeks compared to last year. The challenge of relaunching our economies presents countries with a unique chance to act on the future we want.
We are thrilled to announce that many of our books have been Book Award Winners and Finalists!
Publishing Director Sue Custance writes about the lack of solutions in 'Planet of the Humans' and focuses on Ecological Footprint by Mathis Wackernagel and Bert Beyers, which provides information for how humans can manage our limits on a finite planet.
Nautilus Book Award Winners
What is aquaponic farming you ask? It is the process of raising fish and vegetables together, and for the first time all you need to know to do it on a commercial level (with cold-water fish!) is available in this comprehensive book.
Our Acquisitions Editor Rob West offers an introduction to our Spring 2020 season in today's blog. All of these books are now available for pre-order.