Whatever you call it – climate change, global warming -- weather abnormalities over the past several years reveal that we can no longer accurately predict weather by studying historical patterns. Nor can we continue to delude ourselves into thinking that the planet’s resources are infinite. They are finite, and if we don’t act to establish a sustainable relationship between humans and nature, these resources will run out sooner rather than later.
Greening Vermont: In Search of a Sustainable State (Vermont Natural Resources Council, Thistle Hill Publications) looks back over five decades of Vermont’s environmental activism in order to move us all forward into ecological sustainability. This book is a story about people, politics, money and the environment. As Tom Slayton tells us in his Forward: “It is a tale of environmental victories, defeats and, perhaps most significantly, collaborations and compromises that have put Vermont at the forefront of the environmental movement”.
Greening Vermont is a call to action. Authors Elizabeth Courtney and Eric Zencey advise: “Our ecosystems are out of balance, and if we don’t address this issue now, there is no certain sustainable future.” Our states are all currently unsustainable. We must fit our economic life into its proper ecological and social context, so Vermonters and the rest of us can enjoy a healthy environment. Greening Vermont illustrates what sustainability will look like and how we can shift our economic and energy resources to achieve that desired state.
The book includes fascinating in depth interviews with Vermont movers and shakers from over the years, as well as stunning illustrations of the Vermont countryside.