The Ragged Edge of the World

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am


The Ragged Edge of the World
by Eugene Linden (read by Luis Moreno)
Recorded Books (audiobook)

Imagine carving up wilderness areas into contiguous blocks that cross national borders or ethnic territories. Then having corporations, non-governmental organisations and other credible parties bid to take responsibility for the blocks, in effect creating a market for shares in the green expanses. The rewards are green branding and environmental credits. Pie in the sky? Eugene Linden offers this idea as one way of saving 'the ragged edge of the world', challenging others to come up with more creative ways to save the world from environmental and cultural loss. His book, which brings together experiences gained from 40 years as a writer for National Geographic and other publications, takes readers to remote areas in Asia, Africa and the Pacific, and shows how modernity has endangered the environment and traditional ways of life. In Papua New Guinea, he writes, more people learning pidgin or English has led to the loss of indigenous languages and, with this, traditional knowledge. This book, read at a measured, listenable pace by Luis Moreno, is worthy in parts and fascinating in others.