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The Little Earth Book
James Bruges
ISBN: 9780972952927
Book (Paperback)
Disinformation Books
5 x 5 1/2
192 pages
160 Color and B&W Illustrations
April 1, 2004


The Earth is now desperately vulnerable; so are we. This gift-priced-and-sized book contains original, stimulating mini-essays about what is going wrong with our planet and about the greatest challenge of our century: how to save the Earth for us all. It is pithy, yet intellectually credible well-referenced, wry, yet deadly serious. An all-new U.S. edition—the U.K. edition has sold over 40,000 copies!

Researched and written by an eminent British architect, James Bruges, The Little Earth Book is a clarion call to action, a mind-boggling collection of mini-essays on today’s most important environmental concerns, from global warming and poisoned food to economic growth, Third World debt, genes and “superbugs.” Undogmatic but sure-footed, the style is light, explaining complex issues with easy language, illustrations and cartoons. Ideas are developed chapter by chapter, yet each one stands alone. It is an easy browse—equally at home bedside, in the bathroom or in a briefcase.

The Little Earth Book provides hope, with new ideas and examples of people swimming against the current, of bold ideas that work in practice. Did you know:

  • If everyone adopted the Western lifestyle, we would need five earths to support us.
  • In 50 years the U.S. has—with intensive pesticide use, doubled the amount of crops lost to pests.
  • Environmental disasters have created more than 80 million refugees.

Packed with easy-to-digest information, James Bruges spells out, clearly, concisely and with alarming documentation just what we’re up against and what must be done.

,p>Presented in the same trim size as 50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know, this book continues Disinformation’s line of value-priced, impulse purchase books.

James Bruges was born in 1933 and brought up in Kashmir. His father was a manager in the Imperial Bank of India and a Major in the army in Burma. He returned to England aged twelve and, after formal schooling, went on to study architecture at the Architectural Association (AA) in London. He has since been a practising architect in London, the Sudan (University of Khartoum 1962-65), and Bristol. He founded the Bruges Tozer Partnership in Bristol, Bruges Tozer Limited in London, and formed the Concept Planning Group in Bristol with two other firms to undertake urban planning projects. In 1995 James left architectural practice to concentrate on environmental issues which had become, through his architectural work, a major concern for him. He set up, jointly, Leigh Court Farm in Bristol (an edge-of-town organic enterprise), and became an adviser to an Environmental Trust. He also made annual visits to India to remain in close contact with Gandhian rural projects - which he still continues today. In 1999 James published Sustainability and the Bristol Urban Village Initiative. He currently lives in Bristol and is married with four (grown-up) children.
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