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Ebook – 208 pages
BISAC: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781550924879
Pub. Date: 2011-11-01

About the Author

Stephen Hren

Stephen Hren is a restoration carpenter, builder and teacher who specializes in sustainable design and solar heating technologies. He is the co-author of The Carbon-Free Home and A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office.

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Tales from the Sustainable Underground (PDF)

A Wild Journey with People Who Care More about the Planet than the Law

by Stephen Hren



Activists striving for any type of social change often find themselves operating on the fringes of legal and social norms. Many experience difficulties when their innovative ideas run afoul of antiquated laws and regulations that favor a big business, energy- and material-intensive approach.Tales from the Sustainable underground is packed with the stories ofjust some of these pioneers – who care more for the planet than the rules – whether they’re engaged in natural building, permaculture, community development, or ecologically based art. Ride along and meet courageous and inspiring individuals such as:

  • Solar guru Ed Eaton
  • Radical urban permaculturalists Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew
  • Artist, eco-architect and intuitive builder Matt Bua.

Equally entertaining and informative, the profiles in this highly original book provide a unique lens through which to view deeper questions about the societal structures that are preventing us from attaining a more sustainableworld. By examining such issues as the nature of property rights and the function of art in society, the author raises profound questions about how our social attitudes and mores have contributed to our current destructive paradigm.

Tales from the Sustainable Underground is a must-read for sustainability activists in any field, or for anyone who wants to learn about more radical forms of sustainability activities in an entertaining way.

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