A good friend of mine, Marvin Klein, gave me a copy of the book In the Light of Humane Nature by Arthur B. Weissman, who is President and CEO of GreenSeal, the premier non-profit certifier of green products and services in the United States.
One of the things that I love about this book is that it’s a short, yet informative book. So many green or sustainability books seem to be more like encyclopedias or dictionaries rather than transformative books that actually create change in the world.
Being familiar with green practices, I found the middle section of the book from pages 10-66 to be a concise and thorough review of the state of green business and sustainable development, particularly in America. This is a great book for people who want to understand the challenges that have been worked on already, and how much more we still have to change to prevent catastrophic collapse of our ecosystems.
My favorite part of the book is where he discusses the moral imperative. Here is a quote from Weissman:
Our relationship to nature is essentially a moral one. Our destruction of the environment is potential suicide not only because we would be destroying our material life support, but, more disturbingly, because we would be violating the aesthetic, moral and spiritual values that are intrinsic to human character.
There is so much I could cover in this book, but for me the bottom line was about climate change issues.
I agree with Weissman that in the short-term, technology may be the only solution to ruinous climate change. We must not only move to renewable energy quickly, we also need to find ways to remove much of the excess carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
This is a great general book for people who want to learn more about sustainability in a broad, comprehensive way without being overwhelmed by jargon and green-speak. There is a poetic side to Weissman’s writing that I deeply appreciate.
I’m so grateful that I had a chance to not only read this book, but also become more familiar with Arthur Weissman who has devoted much of his life to changing the way we do business in America.
Do you see environmental preservation as a moral issue that your actions can affect?