Five Great Books by BARBARA WARD
FIVE IDEAS THAT CHANGE THE WORLD
ONLY ONE EARTH
THE HOME OF MAN
PROGRESS FOR A SMALL PLANET
Ward was the English speaking worlds most effective spokesperson for the
plight of the worlds less developed nations and one of the first to get
the publics attention directed to environmental problems.
What would you say are the five ideas that have done the most to change the world since World War II ended? Then read how Barbara Ward thinks the five she selected have worked together to change it.
She was one of the first to popularize the term Spaceship Earthand try to ascertain what are the ideas, the policies and the institutions that we, the crew of this spaceship, need to develop in order to preserve it in good shape for future generations. In a mere 150 pages she tells us a lot. For a bigger bite into the problems, try the next book.
When the first UN Conference on the environment was held in Stockholm, Barbara Ward and Rockefeller biological scientist Rene Dubos were chosen to write the background briefing book for that conference. They titled it Only One Earth: The Care and Maintenance of a Small Planet. It is a darn good book.
The Home of Man was the background book Barbara Ward was asked to write before the UNs Vancouver Habitat Conference. It deals primarily with the problems of making cities the world over more livable even as they are growing wildly. This is the longest of her books, and is the closest thing to a summary of her thinking about social problems and how best we could handle them.
Her last book, Progress for a Small Planet is full of illustrations of how progress is being made, both in the developed nations and in the less developed nations--progress in learning how to deal better with the environmental problems that have to be faced by the crew of spaceship earth. She also calls for a more fully developed sense of world community and justice.
No one can come away from reading Barbara Ward unscathed. She was a deeply religious person, though not doctrinaire. Whatever she writes conveys her great concern that we humans learn, in dealing with all our social and environmental problems, how to do so in ways that will promote the well-being of everyone possible as though we loved them.