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A Renewable World

A RENEWABLE WORLD: Energy, ecology, equality
by Girardet H. & Mendonça M.

A Report for the World Future Council

“Here's the book we've been waiting for: a thorough, up-to-date, and above all proportionate response to our climatic predicament. When I say proportionate, I mean: it tells us how to solve the problem we really have, not the one we wish we had. It's truly important!” - Bill McKibben, founder,

“Moving towards a green economy requires focused and smart public policies to enable new markets to emerge. The story of renewable energy and feed-in tariffs presented in this book provides a powerful illustration of how consumers and producers of clean energy can — given the right policy framework — transform the market for energy almost overnight.” - Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

“A Renewable World is based on the renewable gifts of sun, soil, seed. This is how sustainable societies of the South, especially the women, have kept society fed and clothed over millennia. This important book highlights the solutions that allow us to regenerate our renewable natural capital and reduce our ecological footprint, while increasing human welfare.” - Vandana Shiva, scientist and activist

Climate change and energy shortages are set to become the greatest challenges for humanity in the 21st century. While a few reports have given some indication about what can be done to get to get to grips with these problems, very little has been written about how the necessary changes can be brought about. This book is all about how the key steps needed to make the crucial transition can happen.

The latest climate research indicates that the challenge facing us is not just the reduction of our annual global emissions of greenhouse gases, but of their actual concentrations in the atmosphere. After years of inaction, urgent and comprehensive action is now needed to turn an existential crisis for humanity today into an opportunity to secure the well-being and prosperity of present and future generations.

This book shows how we can:

• accelerate the renewable energy revolution,
• renew our local economies and our urban habitat,
• renew the living systems of planet earth, and
• renew and invigorate international cooperation.

Illustrated in full colour, A Renewable World deals with a variety of urgent issues in a holistic, comprehensive and accessible way. We can all help to influence and accelerate the measures that are needed to deal with the climate and energy crisis. A Renewable World shows how.

The Authors: Prof. Herbert Girardet is an author, filmmaker and consultant, focusing on sustainable development. He is co-founder and Program Director of the World Future Council, a former chairman of the Schumacher Society, UK, a patron of the Soil Association, and visiting professor at the University of the West of England. He is a recipient of a UN Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievements. In 2003, as ‘Thinker in Residence’ in Adelaide, he developed environment strategies for South Australia that are now being implemented. His previous books include The Gaia Atlas of Cities, 1992 and 1996; Cities, People, Planet: Urban Development and Climate Change, 2004 and 2008; and Surviving The Century: Facing Climate Change and Other Global Challenges, 2007.

Miguel Mendonça is the World Future Council’s Research Manager. His background is in horticulture, geography, history, journalism, social science and environmental ethics. He is a writer and advocate, currently focussing on social and political aspects of renewable energy policy. He has spoken and campaigned globally, and is an advisor to feed-in tariff campaigns in North America and New Zealand. He writes books, papers, articles, comment pieces and reviews on sustainability issues, and is author of Feed-in Tariffs - accelerating the deployment of renewable energy, and co-author of Powering the Green Economy: The Feed-in Tariff Handbook.