Healing Earth: An Ecologist's Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship

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A true pioneer and respected elder in ecological recovery and sustainability shares effective solutions he has designed and implemented.

A stand-out from the sea of despairing messages about climate change, well-known sustainability elder John Todd, who has taught, mentored, and inspired such well-known names in the field as Janine Benyus, Bill McKibben, and Paul Hawken, chronicles the different ecological interventions he has created over the course of his career. Each chapter offers a workable engineering solution to an existing environmental problem: healing the aftermath of mountain-top removal and valley-fill coal mining in Appalachia, using windmills and injections of bacteria to restore the health of a polluted New England pond, working with community members in a South African village to protect an important river. A mix of both success stories and concrete suggestions for solutions to tackle as yet unresolved issues, Todd's narrative provides an important addition to the conversation about specific ways we can address the planetary crisis. Eighty-five color photos and images illustrate Todd's concepts. This is a refreshingly hopeful, proactive book and also a personal story that covers a known practitioner's groundbreaking career.

3 comments on “Healing Earth: An Ecologist's Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship”

  1. Feed your mind positive reality!!!! All the things John Todd shares in this book are just the tip of the iceberg on how we can actively become part of the solution to not only climate change, but also to social equity and the creation of a thriving planetary collaboration. I picked up this book as an exercise in filling my mind with what is working. So much of what sells is what is not working. Thus book is full of ideas and proven solutions to environmental issues. May every your ecologist, biologist and visionary pick it up and...

  2. Healing Earth (Through the Waters) John Todd, author of Healing Earth: An Ecologist’s Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2019 ISBN 9781623172985), has spent his professional life building living technologies, eco-machines and eco-restorers, biological systems which "contain representative species from all the kingdoms of life ranging from bacteria and viruses at the lower end of the size scale to fungi, animals, and woody plants at the macro scale. Working together as a...

  3. Straightforward and inspiring guidance and wisdom for renewing our planet Through this book, John Todd and his editor provide something exceptional - a simple, straightforward and optimistic guide to solving urgent environmental problems using simple ecological principles. In doing so they share an incredible wealth of knowledge based on their lifetime of invaluable experience. This should be standard reading for anyone who hopes to change our current, destructive trajectory.Far too many authors in this field commit the error of despairing about our...

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