Thursday, 28 January 2010

ultimate early green

The Guardian's report on the Top 50 Sustainability Books, published by the University of Cambridge's Programme for Sustainability Leadership, has led to numerous comments from readers suggesting other titles. There are many straightforward suggestions, such as:

Rob Hopkins' Transition Handbook,
David MacKay's Sustainable Energy - Without The Hot Air,
Thoreau's Walden
Edward O Wilson's The Biodiversity of Life.

There are also some more unusual choices:

Thorstein Veblen's The Theory of the Leisure Class and
Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Perhaps the most surprising is Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, recommended because it is

the ultimate early green statement of how we are all responsible for what happens to all of us.

pic: Gustave Dore's Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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