Guarding Eden by Deborah Hart


Guarding Eden by Deborah Hart

Guarding Eden tells the personal stories of twelve ordinary people who were so concerned about climate change that they altered their lives to do something about it. Some did quiet backroom work in research, drafted submissions or wrote to politicians; others decided to go public, really public - one was part of the team occupying a 160-metre power-plant chimney, one went on a hunger strike publicised around the world, another started the Lock the Gate Alliance. They come from all walks of life: there's a nurse, a musician, an insurance broker, a teacher, a lawyer, a vet. Surprisingly touching, Guarding Eden makes an issue as complex and controversial as climate change feel human and deeply real.

About the Author

Deborah Hart describes herself as 'activist, writer, mother'. Born in Nigeria to Australian parents, she spent most of her early years in the USA. After completing an Arts degree in Melbourne she worked with leading Australian arts organisations, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Opera Australia, Triple R, and Bell Shakespeare. In 2006 Deborah decided to devote more time to her children and to climate activism. She has been a founding member of several not-for-profits: the Climate Emergency Network, Climarte, Quit Coal and most recently, ClimActs, a theatre troupe combining spectacle, humor and direct action in order to highlight the climate-change emergency. Deborah lives in Melbourne with her husband and two sons...

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256 pages
Interest Age: From 13


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Publication date

1st June 2015



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