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  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141996936
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $9.99

The World We Once Lived In




In 21 short books, Penguin Classics brings you the new canon of great environmental works

Over the past 75 years, a new canon has emerged. As life on Earth has become irrevocably altered by humans, visionary thinkers around the world have raised their voices to defend the planet, and affirm our place at the heart of its restoration. Their words have endured through the decades, becoming the classics of a movement.

Here, in twenty short books, Penguin Classics brings you the ideas that have changed the way we think and talk about the living Earth. From art, literature, food and gardening, to technology, economics, politics and ethics, each one deepens our sense of our place in nature; each is a seed from which a bold activism can grow. Together, they show the richness of environmental thought, and point the way to a fairer, saner, greener world.

  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141996936
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $9.99

About the author

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya, in 1940. She is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which, through networks of rural women, has planted over 30 million trees across Kenya since 1977. In 2002, she was elected to Kenya's Parliament in the first free elections in a generation, and served as Deputy Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 in recognition of her campaigns for democracy and environmental reform during the dictatorship of Daniel arap Moi. She died in 2011.

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