Looking for something for your holiday reading list? Rocky Mountain Books is pleased to announce the release of two compelling books, Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution, by Sandeep Pai and Savannah Carr-Wilson, and Quenching the Dragon: The Canada-China Water Crisis, by Robert William Sandford.
In Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution, follow the journey of a Canadian and Indian couple as they travel the world to capture the human side of one of the biggest energy transitions of our times—the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables.
In this exciting and provocative new book, readers are taken into the homes of the coal miners who live and work in Jharia, a town in India that has been on fire for the past 100 years due to poor coal mining practices. Life in Jharia is a version of Dante’s inferno—700,000 people live in the most unimaginable conditions. Yet even though residents of Jharia say they are dying slowly every day, they also say they’ll never leave. Almost 11,000 kilometres away, in the Canadian oil sands, workers and Indigenous people similarly describe their complex relationship with the industry that employs them. Although fossil fuel extraction is harming the environment and impacting people’s way of life in the oil sands region, a much-needed shift to renewable energy could also leave communities without their livelihoods.
Written in the form of a travelogue, Total Transition provides a whirlwind look at the global growth of renewable energy, highlighting exciting developments in solar and wind energy in Canada, India, Africa, and Europe, and discussing hurdles standing in the way of a total transition. Energy experts and leaders of innovative renewable energy projects share hope and optimism about the future of fossil fuel workers and their communities in an increasingly renewable world.
Paperback, $22, Distributed in Canada by Heritage Group Distribution
Find out more: https://www.rmbooks.com/book/total-transition/
Rocky Mountain Books is also pleased to announce the release of Quenching the Dragon: The Canada-China Water Crisis, by Robert William Sandford. In this latest RMB Manifesto, Canadian freshwater expert Robert Sandford takes readers to China and shares what it is like to deal with some of the most intractable freshwater problems in the world.
It all started out innocently enough: an airliner over the Pacific and a flight attendant passing out bottles of water. What those bottles represented, however, was the depth of China’s notorious bottled-water trade and the short-sightedness of the Government of Canada in declaring Canadian water an agricultural product that can be exported in billions of plastic bottles to China.
Part environmental manifesto, part travelogue, and part diplomatic odyssey, Quenching the Dragon arms readers with vital new perspectives on global hydrology and sustainability in the context of how former and current world leaders frame the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Most tellingly this book points out the remarkable similarities between China and Canada with respect to human rights as they relate to the protection and management of our ever more precious water resources.
Hardcover, $16, Distributed in Canada by Heritage Group Distribution
Find out more: https://www.rmbooks.com/book/quenching-the-dragon/
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