The Optimistic Environmentalist

Progressing Toward a Greener Future

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The Optimistic Environmentalist

A hopeful, inspiring, and honest take on the environment

Yes, the world faces substantial environmental challenges — climate change, pollution, and extinction. But the surprisingly good news is that we have solutions to these problems. In the past fifty years, a remarkable number of environmental problems have been solved, while substantial progress is ongoing on others.

The Optimistic Environmentalist chronicles these remarkable success stories. Endangered species — from bald eagles to gray whales — pulled back from the precipice of extinction. Thousands of new parks, protecting billions of hectares of land and water. The salvation of the ozone layer, vital to life on Earth. The exponential growth of renewable energy powered by wind, water, and sun. The race to be the greenest city in the world. Remarkable strides in cleaning up the air we breathe and the water we drink. The banning of dozens of the world’s most toxic chemicals. A circular economy where waste is a thing of the past. Past successes pave the way for even greater achievements in the future.

Providing a powerful antidote to environmental despair, this book inspires optimism, leading readers to take action and exemplifying how change can happen. A bright green future is not only possible, it’s within our grasp.

Table des matières

Table des matières
Front Cover 1
Also by David Boyd 4
Table of Contents 7
Introduction: The Importance of Being Optimistic 8
Part 1: The Big Picture 24
Chapter 1: Nature's Comeback Stories 26
Chapter 2: The Renewable Energy Revolution 48
Chapter 3: The Circular Economy 74
Part 2: Healthy Environment, Healthy People 92
Chapter 4: Cleaner Air 94
Chapter 5: Saving the Ozone Layer 110
Chapter 6: Taps, Toilets, and Farms 128
Chapter 7: Global Detox 146
Part 3: The Built Environment 164
Chapter 8: The Greenest City Decathlon 166
Chapter 9: The Future of Buildings 182
Chapter 10: Electrifying Transport 196
Conclusion: From Optimism to Action 210
Selected Biography 228
Acknowledgements 240
About the Author 242
Copyright 244
Back Cover 245