One Earth by Kenneth Brower
(Collins Publishers, San Francisco: 1990)
READ: March 2005
This is a coffee-table book, with beautiful photos by more than 80 of the world's leading photojournalists. It is not, however, your average stock photograph collection of beautiful places. Many of the photos portray environmental challenges that are facing the Earth. Many others are of peoples whose way of life is being challenged. The pictures cover much ground: from consumers in a packed Toys R Us store in New Jersey to the rice terraces in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, from volunteers cleaning up a French river to Los Angeles with and without smog, and from capsule hotels in Japan to the spread of deserts across Africa. Each photo is captioned with a concise explanation of the problem or the solution being undertaken by various groups or persons. What I want to know is how things have changed in the 15 years since this was published.