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'A vision of reconciliation between humanity and the planet.' Ross Gelbspan, Pulitzer Journalist and author, The Heat Is On and Boiling Point 'Sajed Kamal reminds us what we intuitively know - that we must make the transition toward renewable energy as soon as is humanly possible, that continuing to rely on fossil fuel poisons our world with every hour that passes. Even more powerfully, though, he reminds us how possible that transition is. Equally competent with a spreadsheet and a bank of batteries, Kamal is the navigator we need to sail with confidence into this new century.' Bill McKibben, Author of The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information and Fight Global Warming Now 'Sajed Kamal's book is an immensely important contribution to our understanding of what is happening to our planet and what we can do about it. He combines the careful research of the scientist with the passionate imagination of the poet. I hope The Renewable Revolution will be widely read.' Howard Zinn, Author of A People's History of the United States and You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train 'Dr Kamal lives and writes a vision. It is a vision of reconciliation between humanity and the planet - a reconciliation that is accomplished through the medium of energy - natural energy, spiritual energy, clean energy. In plumbing the implications of solar technology for our survival, Dr Kamal has identified the transcendent nature of that technology. Solar energy, he reveals, is far more than a simple source of electricity and warmth. It provides an elemental bridge between a history which has been based on depletion and exploitation and a future which, if it is to exist at all, must be based on balance, renewal and a most practical harmony with our species' home.' Ross Gelbspan, Pulitzer Journalist and author, The Heat Is On and Boiling Point 'The great value in this book is the picture it conveys of renewable energy today: the long sought transition is no longer a hope for the future, it is already underway. This is a fine survey of the many applications of solar technologies.' Howard Ris, President, Union of Concerned Scientists (1981-2003) 'An important tale that has to be told and Dr Kamal tells it with the passion and precision that's needed. But, The Renewable Revolution is more than a message-solutions are offered and it's our job to follow the solar course so elegantly set for us.' Jane Weissman, Executive Director, Interstate Renewable Energy Council 'An excellent treatise on the practical use of renewable energy. Sajed Kamal has not only pleaded for the worldwide use of renewable energy, but also proven its practical utility in supplying energy to promote sustainable development of communities. He has proven with illustrations, many from his own experiences, that harnessing renewable energy is not only environmentally sound, but also economically viable and socially acceptable.' Kazi F. Jalal, PhD, Harvard University Extension School Environmental Studies Program and co-author of Introduction to Sustainable Development 'In the face of the growing reality of climate change and its devastating worldwide consequences we need solutions. An urgent transition to the renewable energy path is fundamental in that solutions mix. The Renewable Revolution, an exceptional combination of scholarship, personal experience and inspiring examples, charts the path. This comprehensive and highly readable book is both an indispensible educational resource and a tool for action.' Saleemul Huq, PhD, Director, Climate Change Programme, International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) and lead Author, IPCC Report, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace, 2008 'Dr Sajed Kamal proves once again that he is a most thoughtful and knowledgeable advocate of sustainable solar energy and its critical potential contribution for our future. The Renewable Revolution needs to be read by decision-makers at the World Bank, the UNDP, as well as the smallest community-based organizations if the costly mistakes of current policies are not to continue to pollute and impoverish us, threatening our sustainability.' Prof. Laurence R. Simon, Professor and Director, Program in Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA and former advisor, the World Bank and the UNDP 'At this time of darkness when most people have given in to despair, apathy and powerlessness, Sajed Kamal's book is a true beacon of light. It is hopeful, inspiring and practical. It shows the way to the resolution of the global energy crisis as well as the deeper moral crisis in which the so-called environmental crisis is embedded. A powerful and compassionate work.' Asoka Bandarage, PhD, Author, Women, Population, and Global Crisis: A Political Economic Analysis and Visiting Professor, Elliot School of International Affairs, Georgetown University 'Clear, insightful and compelling. The Renewable Revolution provides us with inspiring examples and information to understand how renewable energy is succeeding, together with the moral vision to realize that we must.' Bruce Allen, Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Seisen University, Tokyo, Japan. 'All life is one-interconnected and interdependent with the rest of Nature. We can survive only if this right understanding is acquired and cultivated. Sajed Kamal conveys this message where knowledge, wisdom, intuition, experience and vision are all combined with a clear agenda for the novice as well as the expert. This one book contains everything that one may seek in one hundred books.' Dr A. T. Ariyaratne, President, Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya, Sri Lanka 'The Renewable Revolution is not just another book on alternative energies: the author is a scientist and a poet as well. He not only started 'solar revolution' projects in different parts of the world, he also lives what he preaches. He brings 'Head and heart and hands together,' as the Swiss pioneer in education, Heinrich Pestalozzi, suggested. All this shines through in this very well written and richly illustrated book and makes it an outstanding tool in this crucial time of change.' Martin Vosseler, M.D. Founder of PSR/IPPNW Switzerland, co-founder of the Swiss Physicians for the Environment and of 'sun21' 'By suggesting alternatives to the readers' habitual actions, The Renewable Revolution could evoke positive actions.' Lauren Landry, Feenway News, April 2010. 'He aims to make the reader fully aware of all that they have to offer in the wide variety of forms and localities in which they are increasingly employed' Bryan Walker

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Sajed Kamal, EdD, teaches in the Sustainable International Development program at Brandeis University and has been involved in the field for more than thirty years as a lecturer and consultant internationally, setting up projects in the United States, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia and El Salvador. He is also an award-winning poet, artist, educational consultant, psychotherapist, translator and published author of a dozen books and many articles in a wide range of areas. In 2007, he was awarded Boston 'Mayor's First Annual Green Award for Community Leadership in Energy and Climate Protection' and in 2008, a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England Region. The 'Greener Issue' of The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine on September 28, 2008, featured him as one of the 'Six local heroes whose work is having rippling effects-at home and far away-in making the world a better place.'
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184971195X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849711951
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,275,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Nutt-Powell on February 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Here's a book from somebody who not only knows but does something about it. Sajed Kamal teaches at Brandeis. More importantly he has been involved in projects worldwide and in the U.S, including in Boston and his own Fenway neighborhood.

Start at Chapter 3-- A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. You'll see the reality of the renewable revolution, in Boston, in Massachusetts and around the world. Don't think that being renewable is for "whackos and weirdos". The Boston Red Sox have a solar hot water system at Fenway Park. (Don't believe me? See the photo in the book!)

Thus we can proclaim a simple reality. If Red Sox Nation has embraced renewables, it is time for everybody to do so. First World Series Champs, then championing good, sensible, everyday practices to win the world, for our children and our children's child.

Here's the fundamental logic of the book, from the opening of Chapter 4:
The first question I am often asked when I speak anywhere about renewable energy is about its cost. I welcome this question. Not only among renewable energy critics and skeptics, but also among its advocates. ... In response, with appreciation, I ask if there are people in the audience who would agree with me on the general principle that we really should not be using something if we cannot afford to pay for it. Usually there is an affirmative nodding from everyone. Then I propose, if we are really serious about what we have just agreed on, we should act on it by turning off the lights, heaters, fans, air conditioners and whatever else we are using right now, right where we are sitting, say, in the middle of Boston. If that is too drastic, I suggest, we could at least turn off some and turn down some to minimize their use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen F. Minkin on February 12, 2011
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Dr. Kamal brings a unique set of gifts to this highly readable and satisfying look at our energy problems and the ways forward. The Renewable Revolution combines his gifts as a writer, and philosopher with decades of hands on experience bringing solar energy to diverse parts of the world. This is a rewarding read as a comprehensive introduction to energy issues, as well as,for people deeply involved in issues of climate change and sustainable energy.
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By Marty on March 21, 2011
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Sajed Kamal has written an important book for the average citizen. Aside from explaining in some detail the varieties of renewable energy sources that are available and applicable today, he produces numerous examples of ways that individuals can get involved in using renewable forms or energy right now on larger scales as well as smaller. This is a very encouraging book, full of hope and a down to earth antidote to the all too common pessimism, cynicism, and lies which surrounds this issue. This book is all the more important in light of the disaster taking place with the Japanese nuclear reactors and with the efforts to strip U.S. government loan guarantees for renewable energy while U.S. government support is maintained for nuclear energy. This book deserves the widest possible readership.
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Dr. Sajed Kamal is a clear thinker and his observations are 'right on'. I particularly like his quote of H.G. Wells 'Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe'. That is the essence of his book and the essence of our human struggle. Do we have time? Yes and Sajed is one of our cheerleaders. He accurately documents the solutions and his thesis is uplifting and motivational. He is also correct in that there is no single answer but it does appear our species has more suffering in its future before the line of education crosses the line of solution on the graph of The Renewable Revolution.
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