Saturday, May 17, 2008

Geeking...week 4

I love this week's Weekly Geeks theme:

Choose a political or social issue that matters to you. Find several books addressing that issue; they don’t have to books you’ve read, just books you might like to read. Using images (of the book covers or whatever you feel illustrates your topic) present these books in your blog.

But I'm totally wimping out. Just like I've been wimping out with the meme Eva tagged me with a few weeks ago, in which I was to talk about the five issues that I care most about. I'm not wimping out because I don't care, but because I want so badly to be able to communicate eloquently about the things that I care so much about, the things that tend to cause my occasional insomnia. I worry that if I try to talk about such important issues, and do so poorly, it will do more harm than good. Really, Eva, I've spent hours trying to compose a post to answer the meme, to talk about the issues that matter to me. I actually only chose three because the first one was so many things rolled into one: 1. the state of the planet, from global warming to the loss of biodiversity to chemicals that cause endocrine disruption, etc., 2. poverty, and 3. giftedness (though I hate that term), from educational to emotional issues. But what I just wrote may be the closest thing to a post answering the meme that I'll ever get published.

Anyway, here's my cop-out post answer to this week's theme...

Books on my wish list on the subject of biodiversity loss:

The Diversity of Life by E.O. Wilson. This one's actually in my TBR pile, not my wish list. Anyway, it is supposed to one of the best books ever written on the subject of biodiversity and biodiversity loss.

The Root Causes Of Biodiversity Loss edited by Ian Johnson, Alexander Wood, Pamela Stedman-Edwards, and Johanna Mang. This book goes beyond the scientific reasons for biodiversity loss, such as pollution and habitat loss, and delves into the socio-economic reasons why people have chosen or are driven to degrade their environment.

The Economic Value of Biodiversity by David Pearce and Dominic Moran. O.K., I admit it, I really don't have any burning desire to read this one, but I did think it was another interesting facet of the story.

The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth by E.O. Wilson. This book provides an interesting look at how disparate groups of people can come together and work for change.

Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity by Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein. And finally, why it should matter even to those who couldn't care less about other species.

I'm really looking forward to reading everyone's posts for this week. I'm sure they'll be more enlightening than mine, and I'm sure my wish list will do a fair bit of growing!


Eva said...

Even just listing your causes is very interesting! I would have never even thought about biodiversity. And I'm so sorry I gave you insomnia and stressed you out; I feel really bad now! I hope that maybe someday you casually talk about 'giftedness' (I'm trying not to put any more pressure on you, lol), just because I was in a 'gifted' program when I was younger, so I'm curious about your thoughts on it.

Debi said...

Oh Eva, you're so sweet! I didn't mean you'd caused my insomnia...I just meant that on those occasions when I can't get to sleep it's usually one of those issues I'm stewing about. You did cause me great stress during the days when I was trying to put together a brilliant post to answer your tag though :)

Bookfool said...

I wouldn't call that wimping out. You came up with quite a few titles on biodiversity.

I've wimped out on all the Weekly Geeks posts, thus far -- haven't posted a thing. I'll have to give this one some thought, though. I'm all about global warming and loss of rain forests, blah, blah. Both do have an impact on biodiversity, don't they?

Dewey said...

I'm really baffled about why you think your post is a cop-out! It's exactly what I was imagining when I came up with the theme, and much like what other people are doing. It's JUST RIGHT. :)

I think Sustaining Life looks the most interesting.

Debi said...

You bet...all of it's totally tangled up together. I hope you decide to do a post for this one, even though it will undoubtedly mean more books added to the old wish list!

I'm glad it was okay. I kept feeling like I should talk a lot more about the issue and why it was important to me. I was relieved when I read some of the other posts and found that I didn't look too terribly lazy. And wow, is it fun to read everyone's posts on this one!

Kim said...

Wow! What a topic to tackle and what an interesting one. How sad is this though? I had to have my 15 year old son explain biodiversity to me! I think I need to wake up and join the world! I loved looking at your list of books.
(page after page)

Carle said...

great posting!
I enjoyed reading your thoughts.


Nymeth said...

Thank you so much for those recommendations, Debi. I'm currently reading Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine, a book about a series of trips they took to see endangered species while they still could be seen, and even though I'm only 1/4 of the way into it I'm already thinking that I want to read more on the subject. So this list is precious!

Debi said...

And thank you, too! I'd never heard of Last Chance to See, but I just went and checked it out on Amazon (and added it to the wish list!). It sounds wonderful, and it sounds like a good introduction to the subject even for kids. I'm really anxious to get my hands on it now!

Melody said...

You've a great list there, Debi! And I wouldn't call that wimping out either. I so agree with your points; and I wouldn't know what to write if I were you.

bkclubcare said...

Yes, this is a perfect post to educate me just a little (um, what exactly is biodiversity?...) and leave me wanting more! Thank you.

gautami tripathy said...

debi, you got great books there. I have two of those books. And only a few pages into them.

I am currently trying to understand the weather changes. In may, when we used to have 45+ degree celsius, this year it is raining almost everyday. Not that I am complasining but I want to know why. As usual I am digressing from your topic.

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alisonwonderland said...

i know nothing about this issue! i've got some learning to do ...