The Nature of Nature makes a clear case for why protecting nature is in all of our best interests. Why was this an important book for you to write?
Because in the last 30 years I have seen nature decline all around us, and this felt like seeing your favorite museum (or cathedral) burn to the ground. I felt like most people do not understand how nature works, and why it is so essential to our survival. Without the natural world there would be no us.
You are a renowned ecologist with decades of experience in the field. How has your experience helped you write this book?
The book actually wrote itself because all these ideas and facts had been accumulating in my mind since I started traveling around the world and conducting scientific research. They had to go somewhere, so I put them in paper.
What is one thing people can change in their everyday life that will make a positive impact on the environment?
Eat more plants and less meat. Eating a plant-based diet (what’s called being “flexitarian”) would reduce the amount of land, water and chemicals we need to produce food, and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (livestock burp huge amounts of methane).
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
That we’re all dependent on each other, but not just among humans, also between all species of plants, animals and microbes that live on our planet – therefore we need to protect our natural world as if our lives depended on it – because they do.
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In The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild, Enric Sala talks everything nature and discusses conservancy, the importance of protecting the planet, and living responsibly. Having been a marine biologist for decades, Enric Sala pulls from years of experience to provide a sharp and informed perspective on the environment and how man has managed to drastically change nature. As he discusses the wild, animals, plants, and every living thing, one can tell how passionate Enric Sala is about the subject. The agony in his words when addressing the destruction of nature, the joy in his tone when he discusses conservancy and how to preserve the planet’s endangered species makes one fall in love not only with the book but also the work the author has been doing over the years.
Through the lessons and Enric Sala’s stories about his work and personal life the reader is exposed to a world that is so vital to us, yet nebulous. I enjoyed the experiences Enric Sala shared about his line of work. The stories the author gives are eye-opening and will leave you feeling informed about the role humans play in destroying flora and fauna. Not many people get to witness directly how human activity affects animals both on land and in the sea. Enric Sala shares this reality through simple and engaging language that kept me rapt.
Readers will learn a lot about the value of saving the environment and how politics, the economy, and other sectors are affected when the environment is destroyed. Through this book, the author encourages everyone to be an environmental activist in little ways. Modernization and civilization have led to an increase in air pollution. To control this, the author encourages people to adopt new lifestyles and engage in activities like tree planting and cleaning the environment to ensure that the air we breathe and the water fish swim in is not harmful.
The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild comes at a critical time for the planet and should be essential reading. Enric Sala has written a thought-provoking book that distills complex ecological concepts into easily understandable ideas that could save the planet, improve your health, and strengthen the economy.
Pages: 272 | ASIN: B08273CTZK
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The Orangutan Rescue Gang written by Joyce Major is a riveting adventure following a group of children that set out to rescue an abused orangutan! This was a heartfelt story with a beautiful message portrayed through a thrilling adventure through the rain forest of Sumatra.
I loved Jaylynn’s character (though her father got on my nerves a lot) and Bima and Zaqi, although supporting characters, brought new dimensions to Jaylynn’s character and the story. Little O was adorable, his plight was heartbreaking but also serves to get you immediately invested in the story. I loved that Jaylynn was determined and persistent, from the moment she met Little O his safety and freedom were the only things on her mind. It was great how she and her best friend back home, Matt, helped recruit people to help Little O and it showed that if you truly want to do something to help change the world, you can if you stick to it and take action. While the character development in this story was one of the books stand out features, I felt like towards the end Zaqi’s character backtracked a bit, becoming a toddler and pitching a fit when the rescue center option was placed on the table, but that could just be my interpretation.
The Orangutan Rescue Gang shines a light on the horrible truth behind the abuse of primates and the ecological disaster happening in the rain forest. This book does a fantastic job of helping children become aware of a problem that could be abstract, as it’s happening so far away. I truly hope that those who read this decide to help primates because it is devastating that poachers do those things to them. The one thing I would have liked to see included in the book would have been an epilogue containing maybe Jaylynn, Bima, and Zaqi working with Orangutans and maybe JayLynn’s father visiting her at work or volunteering with her. I really would have liked to see Matt visiting her since he was a big help in the rescue as well, even if it was from afar.
This book is both creative and informative. Joyce Major does a great job of relaying an important message while telling a story that is consistently entertaining.
Pages: 137 | ASIN: B07PMTN95B
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We see grass everyday, tread on it, maybe handle, smell, or plant it.But how many of us noticed it – let alone appreciated its amazing presence and resilience and the way it someway holds our planet together? It’s everywhere.
This beautifully illustrated book, engaging and readable, gives us the full,picture. It tells of the marvellously complex evolution of grass, the incredible number of species (did you know that bamboo and sugar-cane are forms of grass, and that three kinds of grass make up the major food of humans and the grazing (‘grass’-eating) of innumerable animals?), leading us on into some appreciation of the abiding necessity of grass for humanity, for nature and for the arts. It has a place in folklore too, and in poetry
A book to give and to treasure.
David Campbell Callender, a name taken (adapted) from, and in memory of, her gifted Irish grandfather, is the penname of the British anthropologist Ruth Finnegan.
Damnation is a thrilling dark fantasy novel that follows King Lortar as he finds himself surrounded by enemies. What was the inspiration for the setup to this novel?
Loosely, the Warring States period of ancient China.
Asuf was an intriguing character that I enjoyed following. Your book is filled with interesting characters, who was your favorite character to write for?
Princess Alerise. She has an interesting psychology and fun dialogue. Plus I have a thing for tomgirls, villainesses, and blondes, and Alerise just so happens to tick all those boxes.
The characters inhabit a world with a rich backstory. How did you create the backstory for this world and what were some themes you wanted to capture?
From the ground up. First the geography, then the ecology, then the peoples and their cultures, then their histories.
As for themes, I wanted to show a harsh people bred by a cruel and uncaring world—but more importantly, I wanted to show how kindness, however small, can exist even in a world that punishes the kind.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
The sequel to this book will most likely be available sometime in 2021.
An Empire fallen. A kingdom beset. A family divided. When King Lortar discovers a savage cult performing heathen rites, he’s forced to battle a foe he never imagined: his own son. Surrounded by enemies, Lortar is trapped in a world of treachery and betrayal, where mercy is vice and malice is glory.
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Jesus and Magdalene follows the story of Jesus and his return to modern day Earth where he meets Magdalene who is an activist fighting for a better world. This is an intriguing setup to a novel and a unique perspective of a religious story. Why was this novel important for you to write and what was your inspiration?
Religion has played an important role in my cultural development. I was christened, I went to catechism classes, I was confirmed and I went to mass until the age of fourteen. I wanted to create something truly original, involving contemporary problems, politics, the existence of God and human nature using facts, humor, and irony. For example, the relation between Christiany and Ecology or why there are so many racial conflicts. Jesus and Magdalene don’t give answers, but present questions. Why there is so much violence? Why there is so much stupidity? Are we really so much different from other animals? My novels satirize modern society and use irony and humor to provoke reflection and controversy.
Jesus and Magdalene are biblical figures, but in your story they’re striving to make a better world as regular people. How did you handle the balance between biblical and fictional characters to make them feel real and relatable?
For me, Jesus is the most important figure in History. Jesus was the first to say that all men are equal and to question the dogmas of the temple rulers. He also saved a woman from being stoned, according to the tradition. He was a much greater revolutionary than Castro or Che Guevara. Even those who don’t believe they are influenced by Jesus’ teachings. Freedom and Equality – those are the basis of all western society. In my novel I try to describe the challenges Jesus would face if He would visit us again, 2000 years later. But,although he limits himself to accompanying Magdalene attempting only to pacify those on bad terms, even then Jesus is unable to escape the fury of mankind.
What kind of research, if any, did you do to keep the story accurate?
I read the Bible and I search for biblical studies and interpretations.
Is there a pivotal moment in the story that you feel best defines your characters?
Yes, there is a pivotal moment in the story that defines not only the characters but also mankind (in my own interpretation). A con man – Professor Kacimba – is going to recognize Jesus, while the others don’t. A swindler sees the son of God when he tried to read his hand, but the rest of people, including this modern Magdalene, only see a normal man. This is supposed to be funny and sad at the same time.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be published?
I am writing a novel about Communism, Perestroika and the fall of the Berlin wall. The Staline or Lenine ghost could be one of the characters. I hope to be published in the next year.
Jesus returns to earth and meets activist Magdalene who is fighting for a better world. He find an extremist ecological group, which is plotting to destroy a maize plantation it believes to be genetically modified. Then, he observes the rise up against a tourist development that is to be built in a forest reserve. Finally, he witnesses an armed conflict between blacks and gypsies. However, although he limits himself to accompanying Magdalene attempting only to pacify those on bad terms, even then Jesus is unable to escape the fury of mankind. And only a conman will recognize him. Using humor, Jesus and Magdalene broaches recent phenomena of social and political conflict.
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