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By: Mansel Keith Presnell

Balance on Nature's Commons

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Balance on Nature’s Commons is a ‘must read’ for anyone aspiring to be an environmental activist, anyone concerned about anthropogenic altercation of environmental balance, and anyone involved in decision-making relevant to those issues.

The narrative is written in an easy-to-follow non-academic style that calls the cards as the author sees them. It is intended to be thought-provoking and is well studded with ‘curved balls’.

The author clearly explains the concept of Natural Commons and their importance for maintaining the integrity of the ‘Web of Life’, which coincidently includes humanity.

Unlike much that is written about environmental priorities, the text also includes a substantive section suggesting how the priorities might be addressed. Have we the will?

The multi-disciplinary approach may bemuse the specialist, but it provides material that everyone can empathise with.

Keith’s unusual professional career started in 1962 when he began as an agricultural research officer for the Victorian government. He moved to Melville Island to introduce the skills associated with commercial forestry production to the islanders. In 1968 that changed to rural land use management in West New Britain (PNG). He then returned to Melbourne in 1972, as a town planner. There he added a master’s degree in env. sci. to his qualifications and in 1978 returned to the Northern Territory as the Power and Water Authority’s Environmental manager. He retired in 2003 from Charles Darwin University as Director, Renewable Energy R&D.

Keith travelled the world as Australia’s representative on the IEA’s photovoltaic subcommittee, and throughout SE Asia, as the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for renewable energy’s representative.

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  • Reg

    The book was great. Thanks a lot.

    There is not much that I can give as feedback as the information is correct and well structured. The ideas and future are feasible if unlikely - but we have to try anyway.

    As with your previous work, I don't think that there is a force, whether we call it nature or something else, that is powering us on. Not that it isn't operating but that has no right or wrong. Also, evolution is not good or bad. It just is. So I am not sure what you mean about advancing evolution. The forces of evolution work best in change so global warming will increase evolutionary change. But I don't think that is good for H sapiens so I feel we should seek to prevent it.

    I don't think that there is a purpose or design. We have to rely on the individual and group conscience if we reject implausible gods. Nature or evolution is not a substitute for me.

    Certainly, the book made me think and gave some great new ideas, as it tied together many fields.

    Congratulations and thanks

  • Tad Sorozinski

    The book is a new evaluation of the complexity of contemporary life, and the need for a new approach/order for managing future life on our planet.

    In this book, the author presents issues related to current world affairs which range from changes to the environment to the new balance between private and governmental control. The author stresses the need for new multidisciplinary management to deal with the complexity of current affairs. It is noteworthy that the author explains current, complex, climate-related issues in simple language.

    The book should be read by everyone interested in the great changes in contemporary life.
    It is a great pleasure and privilege for me to comment on this book.

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