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Extraction to Extinction by David Howe – LAUNCH
September 16, 2021 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Everything we use started life in the earth, as a rock or a mineral vein, a layer of an ancient seabed, or the remains of a long-extinct volcano…
The Book Hive are delighted to be hosting the launch of David’s fascinating new book, Extraction to Extinction: Rethinking our relationship with Earth’s natural resources. David is a retired academic who has studied both Earth and social sciences. He’s written books on psychology, relationships and social work – you may well have spotted his brilliant Wandering in Norfolk in our shop!
Join us to celebrate the release of his latest work: a profound, lyrical exploration – supported by unsurpassed technical knowledge – of how humans have used and abused natural resources down the ages.
Here’s the blurb…
Humanity’s ability to fashion nature to its own ends is by no means a new phenomenon. Rocks rich in silica were made into flints in the Stone Age, transformed into stained glass in medieval times, and are now extracted for silicon chips. Our trick of turning rocks rich in malachite and chalcopyrite into copper has taken us from Bronze Age Minoan vases to the wiring that powers modern-day machinery.
Today, we mine, quarry, pump, cut, blast and crush the Earth’s resources at an unprecedented rate. We shift many times more rock, soil and sediment each year than the world’s rivers and glaciers, wind and rain combined. Plastics alone now weigh twice as much as all the marine and terrestrial animals around the globe. We have become a dominant, even dangerous, force on the planet.
In Extraction to Extinction, David Howe traces our environmental impact through time to unearth how our obsession with endlessly producing and throwing away more and more stuff has pushed the planet to its limit. And he considers the question: what does the future look like for our depleted world?
It’s bound to be a glorious evening – David will read from the book, discuss its themes and ideas, and we’ll open up the floor for some questions. Don’t miss it!
DATE: Thursday 16th September
TIME: Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start
PRICE: Free! Refreshments provided