Visions for a Post-Covid World – Defining a Radically New Normal

Author: Joe Gray

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Beyond precipitating illness and death in a great many people across the globe, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a diverse range of further impacts. Among these, it has revealed that rapid large-scale change in the behaviour of societies is possible, it has led to inspiring stories of human endeavour (and dispiriting stories of human greed), and it has offered a stark warning as to the fragility of current economies. In addition, the pandemic has provided a desperately needed opportunity for reflection on humanity’s present trajectory, a course that is destroying the life-support systems on which we—and the innumerable species with whom we share the Earth—depend. In this collection of new writing, a number of the world’s most exciting environmental thinkers provide their visions for what a radically new normal could look like in a post-Covid world. Between them, they shine a light on a spectrum of key topics, including economics, energy, food systems, education, climate, rewilding, animal rights, and communication.
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Pages: 160 pages

Publishing Date: March 2021

Dimensions: 13.5 x 21 cm

Type: Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-913680-11-4

Category: Non-Fiction

Visions for a Post-Covid World - Defining a Radically New Normal

£14.25

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Beyond precipitating illness and death in a great many people across the globe, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a diverse range of further impacts. Among these, it has revealed that rapid large-scale change in the behaviour of societies is possible, it has led to inspiring stories of human endeavour (and dispiriting stories of human greed), and it has offered a stark warning as to the fragility of current economies. In addition, the pandemic has provided a desperately needed opportunity for reflection on humanity’s present trajectory, a course that is destroying the life-support systems on which we—and the innumerable species with whom we share the Earth—depend. In this collection of new writing, a number of the world’s most exciting environmental thinkers provide their visions for what a radically new normal could look like in a post-Covid world. Between them, they shine a light on a spectrum of key topics, including economics, energy, food systems, education, climate, rewilding, animal rights, and communication.
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Pages: 160 pages

Publishing Date: March 2021

Dimensions: 13.5 x 21 cm

Type: Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-913680-11-4

Category: Non-Fiction

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About the Editor:

Joe Gray grew up in a quiet corner of England where much of life revolved around apples and cider. His first job, some casual summer work at the age of 16, was in an orchard. And, fittingly enough, the first green project that he became involved is centred on cider too. In the late 1990s, while in the sixth form at Newent Community School, he joined a group of students working with a forward- thinking organisation known as ZERI (Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives) on a project seeking to give a second life to pomace, a waste output from the cider-making process. From there, he went on to get a BA and MA in Zoology from the University of Cambridge and, later, an MSc in Forestry from Bangor University.

Joe now spends time writing both non-fiction and fiction, the latter under the pen name Dewey Dabbar. As a passionate natural historian, he runs courses for people of all ages on various aspects of nature. And he is also a co-founder of The Ecological Citizen and a knowledge advisor on ecological ethics for the United Nations’ Harmony with Nature programme.

Praise:

This remarkable book combines that insight with an understanding of the change forced “upon us at scale and speed that caught the world by surprise” as a result of a global pandemic. It dares to envision that the radical transformation of our behaviour wrought by a virus, the light shone upon not only our greatest failings, but our remarkable successes, as well as the current hunger for a new ethos as we look beyond COVID, mean that we can imagine and create a new normal which will make the world "a better place for humans and non-humans alike."

One of the most powerful features of this book is its demonstration that our views – Western, industrial, capitalist, rationalist and patriarchal – create our problems. Recognize that you are looking through a particular kind of lens and you understand so much of: history, how our societies function, climate change denial and environmental destruction, political events, economic ones … the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place and the dysfunctionality of the world suddenly starts to make perfect sense.

The surprising thing about this book is the many simple solutions it offers to our problems – almost every one of its 13 chapters contains practical ideas we as individuals can implement for beneficially altering the path we are travelling.

-Carol Edwards - Visiting Professor, Finance; Beedie School of Business

 

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