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By Stephen Hren
Canada: New Society Publishers, September 2011
Pages: 190
Dimensions: 9 in x 6 in
Cover: soft
Binding: perfect bound
Process: Offset
Color: full color cover, black insides
Edition Size: unknown
ISBN-13: 9780865716872

Full title: Tales From the Sustainable Underground: A Wild Journey With People Who Care More About the Planet Than the Law. A great, highly readable and compelling book by Stephen Hren. In addition to the content mentioned below, this includes short interviews with Nance Klehm, and Tod from Wildroots. Nice photographs accompany each section of the book. Stephen was kind enough to sign copies of the book for us so if you order from Half Letter Press, you'll get an autographed book. From the back cover:

"Activists striving for any type of social change often find themselves operating on the fringes of legal and social norms. Many experience difficulties when their innovative ideas run afoul of antiquated laws and regulations that favor a big business, energy- and material-intensive approach.Tales from the Sustainable underground is packed with the stories of just some of these pioneers – who care more for the planet than the rules – whether they’re engaged in natural building, permaculture, community development, or ecologically based art. Ride along and meet courageous and inspiring individuals such as:

Solar guru Ed Eaton
Radical urban permaculturalists Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew
Artist, eco-architect and intuitive builder Matt Bua.

Equally entertaining and informative, the profiles in this highly original book provide a unique lens through which to view deeper questions about the societal structures that are preventing us from attaining a more sustainableworld. By examining such issues as the nature of property rights and the function of art in society, the author raises profound questions about how our social attitudes and mores have contributed to our current destructive paradigm.

Tales from the Sustainable Underground is a must-read for sustainability activists in any field, or for anyone who wants to learn about more radical forms of sustainability activities in an entertaining way."

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