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Feb 25, 2010

The book, Earth, arrived this morning, and I love it! Within just a few pages I had tears in my eyes.
But I'll let this book reviewer tell you about it...
Reviewer: Kate Arneman
Author: Bob Brown
Title: Earth
G Magazine,
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As you'd expect from Greens Senator Bob Brown, this is a political book, though not in the conventional sense.
 For one thing, it's only 500 words long and its size and layout resemble a gift book, the kind you see stacked up around the counter of the book shop with soothing pictures on the cover and titles invoking serenity or tranquillity.
 In its content, though, Earth is miles away from the sentimentality and cliche of many such publications. In an expression of his holistic political philosophy, Brown offers a series of personal reflections on humanity's place in the universe, our responsibility as guardians of the environment, the need to change our ways if we are to preserve our planet as we know it and why global democracy is essential in achieving this.
 I found reading Earth to be quite a meditative experience. The language is unadorned yet lyrical - "Earth is our miraculous cradle and we are its momentous mind" - and each handful of words appears opposite a full-page photograph of the natural world.
 All the photographs were taken by Brown and all except one were taken in Tasmania. The images display a diversity and wealth of life, from frilly orange lichen to a perfectly formed red-breasted bird, as well as the beauty of the landscape.
 Earth would make a wonderful present, but you might want to have it on your own shelf for personal reflection as well.

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Posted: Feb 25, 2010 4:40pm
Jul 10, 2009
H2-WHOA! Australian Town Bans Bottled Water Sales

The New South Wales Southern Highlands town of Bundanoon has voted overwhelmingly to ban the sale of bottled water...
A community meeting last night took the unusual step, making it the first town in Australia, possibly the world, to ban the sale of bottled water. The "Bundy on Tap" campaign will see still bottled water replaced by reusable plastic bottles that can be bought, then filled up for free at water stations throughout the town.
The campaign is the brainchild of Huw Kingston, who owns the bike shop in the town of 2,500 people. Mr Kingston says he is surprised by the overwhelming interest in his idea. After doing more than 70 media interviews yesterday, Mr Kingston was still fielding calls from the BBC, as well as New Zealand and Japanese media last night.
Idea catches on
It's not just the media that's tapping into the idea. Hot on the news of the planned ban yesterday, NSW Premier Nathan Rees ordered all State Government departments and agencies to stop buying bottled water.
"As a principle, we want to move away from bottled water because of the degradation to the environment that the discarded bottles cause," he said.
Note my care2 news, here
"Banning the bottle puts Bundy on the map" 


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Jenny Dooley
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