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New books to be inspired by...

A Small Farm Future: Making the case for a society built around local economies, self-provisioning, agricultural diversity, and a shared earth
Chris Smaje

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the fragility of our globalised food system. We have seen how important farmers are – and how scary it can be when supply chains break down. This book plants a flag at the intersection between economics, agriculture and society during a time of immense crisis, and makes the case for organising human societies around small-scale, local and ecological farming in order to meet the environmental and political challenges of our times.

Bringing Back the Beaver: The story of one man’s quest to rewild Britain’s waterways 
Derek Gow

Farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow gives a first-hand account of how rewilding beavers into the UK landscape is the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era. In the face of opposition from many quarters, he imported, quarantined and assisted the re-establishment of beavers in waterways across England and Scotland. The book makes a passionate case for why the return of one of nature’s great problem-solvers will be critical as part of a sustainable fix for the UK’s flood problems, while creating essential landscapes that enable the UK’s wildlife 
to thrive.



Coming Soon



Under a White Sky: The nature of the future Elizabeth Kolbert (Feb 2021)






The Data Detective: Ten easy rules to make sense of statistics Tim Harford (Feb 2021)






How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Bill Gates (Feb 2021)






The New Climate War: The fight to take back our planet Michael E. Mann (Feb 2021)





The READING ROOM would like to hear from IEMA’s many industry professionals and luminaries about what you are reading and which books you highly recommend. What has informed your thinking? Get in contact at [email protected]

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