216 pages, b/w illustrations
Around 1970 the planet and our occupation of it was pretty much a situation of balance; the biospheric absorptive and recycling capacity coping with resource uptake and waste discard. Since then a doubled human mass and carbon gas overload has spawned the greenhouse effect that has activated ice field melt, savannah extension, rainforest depletion, waste accumulation and species extinction. Resilience, Adaptation, Sustainability is a prevent-and-adapt advisory. It evokes limits for the growth-on-growth ideology and print money process. It provokes a births-deaths equilibrium, reduced fossil carbon consumption, rainforest restoration and waste recycling. It is about future-proofing the next generation.
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Robert Riddell (MA Camb. PhD Newcastle (UK), DipTP(NZ), ARICS), following a working life of mixed academic and practical endeavour, has retired to Helensville, a small town in New Zealand. Together with wife Heather, they established a Montessori pre-school. He has enjoyed the pleasure of working with esteemed colleagues on prestigious projects throughout his varied career, which include the following placements: Late 1960s to early 1970s: Lecturer, Town and Country Planning, University of Newcastle on Tyne, Early 1970s - mid 1980s: Assistant Director, Development Studies - Cambridge University, 1985 - 2000: Professor of Planning - University of Auckland (retired emeritus).