Memoirs of an Earth Steward & Ecosystems Restoration Manual

Advanced praise for John Todd’s new book: ‘Healing Earth’

“The rule of no realm is mine … but all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task … if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I am a steward. Did you not know?”

— Gandalf (in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’)

John Todd and Gandalf have at least three important characteristics in common. They both have been around the block for a while and draw their art from many years of experience. They are both wizards, but while Gandalf is first called ‘The Grey’ and later ‘The White’, John would be appropriately named ‘The Blue-Green’ since he is a magician-healer of life in water and on land. This relates to the third characteristic: both of them are deeply and passionately committed stewards of life on Earth.

“There are literally thousands of ways that stewardship can help heal and transform our wonderful Earth.”

John Todd

Time magazine called John a ‘Hero of the Earth’ in 2000. He is one of the early pioneers of ecological design and engineering. John contributed a briefing paper to the United Nations’ first conference on the environment at Stockholm in 1972. His professional work spans the entire history of humanity’s slow process of waking up to looming ecological collapse and climate cataclysm. He is the inventor of a number of ecological engineering patents and has pioneered integrated ecological design solutions in food production, wastewater treatment, bioremediation of polluted water and soils, architecture, marine transport, energy production and landscape restoration.

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Ecological design pioneer and UVM professor emeritus John Todd (Photo: Sally McCay)
This interview was recorded in 2006 in John and Nancy’s living room. It explores their pioneering work in ecological design and engineering, including the history of the New Alchemy Institute they co-founded in 1969.
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Photo of my galley copy of John’s new book. I feel privileged to have been asked to write a pre-release review for my former (2nd) PhD supervisor who has influenced my own work in profound ways and continues to do so.
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John Todd on ‘The Ecological Design Revolution’ at Bioneers in 2014 (24mins)

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Catalysing transformative innovation, cultural co-creation, whole systems design, and bioregional regeneration. Author of Designing Regenerative Cultures

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