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Euterra Rising: The Last Utopia Paperback – August 11, 2016
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Mark A. Burch is a Canadian author, speaker and transformational educator. He has published seven books about voluntary simplicity and sustainable livelihood including Stepping Lightly: Simplicity for People and the Planet, The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators and most recently, The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction. His short fiction garnered first prize in the Lady Eaton Short Story competition and Stepping Lightly was nominated for the Nautilus Award in non-fiction. Euterra Rising is his debut novel.
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The unravelling and eventual demise of our current social and cultural practices is frightening to many of us. The emerging future looks more like a collapse than an opportunity to refashion our social relationships and to create a regenerative relationship with the rest of nature that is dedicated to healing the wounds and the tears humans have inflicted on the web of life. But what would this look like and how should we begin? This book is brimming with positive design elements that can serve as fruitful starting points for the kind of group discussions we will need if we are to transform ourselves and the way we live. It provides us with promising frameworks, practices, values that cover the use of common resources, the thoughtful use of human labour and imagination, alternative kin systems and governance practices, to mention a few. This tale offers a thoughtful, provocative and positive response to the coming crises driven by the need to curtail fossil fuel use while coping with the major upheavals resulting from climate chaos. The suggested solutions are not based on technological fixes. They are sociologically and anthropologically informed and make helpful suggestions about how to build local, mindful communities of care where each of us can find a way to promote our collective good while harnessing personal energy and imagination in ways that are life affirming.
If ever a book warranted a reading group or a book club, this is it. We could gather with our friends to discuss this fount of positive possibilities and begin to become the kind of community that can craft such an emergent, inspiring future. It is such a rich, inspiring, and fertile gift.