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Lift Review: Ruby Red

Ruby Red the Chocolate Bus and the Earthquake

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One year on from the big one here, this is a good book for both children and adults. Published by She Publishing, it tells the story of the arrival of the big red bus that brings chocolate to earthquake-stricken Christchurch residents, especially to the puzzled children. Earthquakes are explained to them by Ruby Red, for example in terms of the big Earth Mother moving. This book will specially appeal to those who have seen the big red bus around here.

Lift Review: DVD Crash Course

DVD: CRASH COURSE: The next 20 years are going to be completely unlike the last. Chris Martenson

I think the title indicates two things: it's a "crash course" in understanding the massive problems facing us, especially in the fields of Economy, Energy, Environment; and if we act on this information we may be able to reduce the effects of the "crash" ahead.

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Lift Review: Small is possible

Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy

small is possible book coverby Lyle Estill.

Although it's set in the USA, in North Carolina, it's highly relevant to developments here in Lyttelton. He tells of a huge number of projects in the area where he lives, which have started as bright ideas, small ventures, and gone through setbacks and made great progress.And it's so refreshing to read a writer who lightens his fascinating detail with wit and irony.

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Lift Review: Changing course for life

CHANGING COURSE FOR LIFE: Local solutions to global problems

2009 JULIAN ROSE

If you don't fancy reading about the world's problems in a 200-300-400-page book, try this one - just 157 pages. It will give you a quick overview of many issues, from the perspective of a writer who has worked round the world in many places and occupations. He seeks to ‘raise awareness of the need to build a dynamic balance between economic, social and environmental concerns.'

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Lift Review: The Great Turning

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THE GREAT TURNING: From Empire to Earth Community David C. Korten

If you're interested in finding out how things have gone wrong for the world, after it started out so well, and how we can lead the change to a better world, read this book.

 

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LIFT's Latest Book Review

This changes everything: Capitalism vs the climate
 
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Naomi Klein interviews Greta Thunberg in New York - September 9, 2019.

 

Reviewed by Juliet Adams

 This is one of the most important books in LIFT.

It explains everything about what’s wrong with our world (well, almost!). It tells us about everything that is being done and that can be done to change the situation and save our future (well, almost!).  

If Naomi Klein had included any more topics the book would have been too heavy!  

Don’t let that put you off. It may take a lot of time to read; maybe you’ll even skip some  pages (I couldn’t!) But it will enlighten you with its detail, thoroughly backed by references, on so  many important topics, revealed in everyday language with clarifying examples.

She writes: “So my mind keeps coming back to the question: what is wrong with us? What is really preventing us  from putting out the fire that is threatening to burn down our collective house? 

“I think the answer is far more simple than many have led us to believe: we have not done the things  that are necessary to lower emissions because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated  capitalism, the reigning ideology for the entire period we have been struggling to find a way out of  this crisis. We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting  catastrophe – and would benefit the vast majority – are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media  outlets.”

Not only does she explain how and why things have gone wrong with each aspect (climate  change, fossil fuels’ dominance, free market fundamentalism, big business and greenwashing,  misplaced dreams of technology, greedy exploitation of the planet and its people, to name a few) ;  she also explains for each one the actions that have been taken and are being taken to remedy  them.

She doesn’t just leave that till a chapter at the end, as many writers do.

One LIFT member has pointed out that she has not explained the rising tide of alternative money systems that could reduce the power of those controlling many of the problems.  A good  point.  Maybe that will be her next book?  This book is inspiring!

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Just ask Juliet for a summary, she has several available by email including:
  • "Blessed Unrest", by Paul Hawken
  • "Fleeing Vesuvius", by FEASTA and LE
  • "No More Throwaway People", by Edgar S. Cahn
  • "Sacred Economics", by Charles Eisenstein
  • "The End of Money and the Future of Civilization", by Thomas H. Greco
  • "The Future of Money", by Bernard Lietaer
  • "We the People", by John Buck and Sharon Villines