I just finished a useful book today that I thought I’d mention. Rory Spowers’ ‘Rising Tides‘ is on the surface a history of the environmental movement, but the sweep of it makes it more significant than that. Taking in the book of Genesis, the ancient Greeks, the Romantic tradition, the industrial revolution, and right into the modern era, it’s really useful to see the way people’s attitudes to the earth have changed. It’s also interesting to pick up on the early roots of today’s environmental movement, such as Gerard Winstanley and the Diggers, sticking it to the man back in 1649.
It’s also opened up, as all good books do, a pile of other things I need to look up, like the link between television and consumption. I’ve read about that before, but I clearly need to again.
Anyway, if you come across Rising Tides, pick up a copy. You’ll probably want to ignore a couple of things, particularly the insinuated conspiracy theory over foot and mouth, but overall it’s helpful. Especially towards the end, where the tone is much more hopeful than many.