"For hundreds of millennia, humans connected tightly to the land and the life forms their survival depended upon, because that was how it had to be. Failure to connect was not an option; if you didnít know how plants grew, how animals bred, how rivers ran, how the seasons and the weather changed, then you did not survive. In some parts of the world Ė the Native American tribal lands of West Coast USA, the dense forests of West Papua, the deep valleys and jagged mountains of northern India Ė these connections remain, and cling on despite the best efforts of those who seek to gain more from the land than 'mere' survival. This connection has ebbed away from the majority of humanity, in many cases to the extent that people feel nothing for anything humans have not created themselves. But we cannot eat concrete; we cannot breathe television; we cannot drink money."

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Praise for A Matter Of Scale

"Monbiot and Lynas are good but they donít go far enough. This is the book I wanted to read Ė full of Ďfancy thatí moments, itís unexpectedly entertaining and a page turner. Itís also the most subversive book Iíve ever read."  
(Ana Salote, Author of Tree Talk.)

"Keith Farnish skilfully joins his natural science training to his gifts in narrative writing. If 'utopia' is an imaginative reconstruction of one of many preferable societies, the concluding part is utopian. On the cusp of the Apocalypse, enjoy it."  
(Robert E. Lane, Professor of political science Emeritus, Yale University.)

"A Matter of Scale is a powerful read. One can sense the authorís own expressive burst in the feverish love with which he forms his ideas."  
(Caroline Savery, Sustainablog.)

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