The Ecology Book with foreword by Tony Juniper – Book Review

There are a number of books out there which talk about ecology. Although, to Jon there is nothing more comprehensive than The Ecology Book, here is a brief book review.

The Ecology Book foreword by Tony Juniper and reviewed by Jon

The Ecology Book foreword by Tony Juniper and reviewed by Jon

The book brings together the concept of thinking globally but acting locally. It explains big ideas in a simple way, accessible to everyone. Jon found it very useful as it breaks down complex subjects into a clear and concise format. There are lots of clear diagrams and visual help with photos and illustrations.

Trees species and their relationship with fungi

So, to continue my book review on The Ecology Book I would like to take one example. There is a section on ‘certain tree species have a symbiosis with fungi’. The section gives context on the left-hand side highlighting a key figure (Albert Frank) and dates connected to the subject. Then, there is a clear explanation about what was studied and discovered. For instance, using supporting diagrams and photos to give a nice insight and bring it to life.

Above all, I think this book is ideal for everyone, no matter what age. Young people will find it engaging as it isn’t too word-heavy. Older people will also enjoy this element but the detail is sufficient to be very educational.

The Ecology Book foreword by Tony Juniper and reviewed by Jon

The Ecology Book foreword by Tony Juniper and reviewed by Jon

A rising population across the globe

A topic that frequently comes up in Jon’s English conversation group is the world population. Everyone is concerned about how we can support our growing numbers and be sustainable. ‘A finite world can support only a finite population’ is very informative. The annual growth rate as a percentage of the world’s population is falling rapidly (which is now 1.2% from a high of 2.1% in around 1970). However, the global population will peak at around 11.2 billion in 2100 from today’s number of 7.8 billion today.

So, just a small insight into what kind of interesting things you may find. I will certainly be getting it out at the library to use as a reference from time to time.

Climate Justice by Mary Robinson – Book Review

climate justice book review

Jon listens to a podcast called ‘Mothers of Invention‘ where Mary Robinson presents. She is the author of Climate Justice and he wanted to do a book review about it. She was also the seventh president of Ireland, becoming the first woman to hold this office. Now, she is actively involved in human rights and the search for climate justice. It is a man-made problem with a feminist solution.

Climate Justice itself covers stories from various different people from around the world, which Jon covers in this book review. It highlights the issues and difficulties women and men alike face. Although, the impact of climate change on women, who are often on the front line, is greater. They can also give effective solutions to real challenges the world faces.

Detailing short accounts from ‘climate change witness’ Constance Okollet to Patricia Cochran who helps communities across Alaska and the Arctic. To Vu Thi Hien who is helping to preserve Vietnam’s biodiversity and Jannie Staffansson, representative of the Saami people. Above all, this book really gives a great overview of real people out there trying to help. Indigenous populations are at greater risk and it is important that we acknowledge this, even in Europe. As the climate warms they are the ones that will suffer and it is up to us to hear their voices.

Fossil fuel workers support the cause

For instance, one aspect that Jon found really interesting was the story of union leader Ken Smith. Working in the fossil fuel industry he and many others who work in this sector are aware of climate change. They, more than we can imagine, would like to be able to work in the clean energy sector. Staying in their hometowns and turning their skills to this growing business. Governments need to think carefully about giving these people jobs where they grew up, in Brunswick, Canada in this case. People realise the issues, they just want to be given a chance to make a difference.

It is people on the front line and governments need to make significant change to help their populations. So, divest from fossil fuels but support these people too, we all need to be on board for this monumental shift!