NATURALLY: TREAD SOFTLY ON THE PLANET
VIKRAM SONI | HARPER COLLINS
FOREWARD BY DANIEL GOLEMAN, AUTHOR OF ‘EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE’
‘Vikram Soni has for many years been a leader in the fight against the destruction of the natural environment in his home country, India, and elsewhere throughout the planet. In this book he describes some of the exquisite balances which nature has evolved in the course of Earth’s four billion year history, and makes an eloquent plea for a kind of technology much more respectful and symbiotic with them than what we have today.’
– Antony J.Leggett, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, 2003.
"In an age characterised more than ever by extremes of opinion ranging from techno-euphoria to doomsday catatonia, with little in between that is credible, this book presents a refreshingly sane and practical path for humanity to carve out a modus vivendi with Nature and to design a future that is fulfilling for all and destructive for none."
– Ashok Khosla
President, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) and
President, The Club of Rome
Co-Chair, The United Nations Resource Panel
SOME EVENTS FOLLOWING THE BOOK
How to INVENT responsibly | Vikram Soni | TEDxWalledCity
Building Bridges Between Science Conservation and Natural Wisdom | Vikram Soni | TEDxJGU
25 August 2016 Architecture and Society Series | ‘Natural Cities’: Future Direction for Sustainable
SOME REVIEWS OF THE BOOK
Vikram Soni's book sends out a timely reminder ahead of the climate talks: we, and only we, are to blame.
– Mark Tully
Reference: November 16, 2016, India Today
Global warming and climate change. These are the buzzwords that get thrown around every time we face an environmental crisis.
Reference: November 18, 2015, The Asian Age
– E.A.S. Sarma
IAS; former Secretary Govt. of India, and Principal, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad
Vikram Soni’s book, Naturally – Tread Softly on the Planet,is an impassioned plea to save Planet Earth from the disastrous consequences that are predictable, given our present extravagant and unthinking use of resources that can only result in a degradation of both the planet and our existence on it. The balance provided by nature is being systematically toppled despite the warnings of environmentalists.
But there is more to the book than just this complaint. Starting the story with how human patterns of life evolved and took distinctive cultural forms, VikramSoni points to where it is leading, and that by all counts seems to be terminal. But he does also suggest how this prediction can be averted by timely action in using resources judiciously and with greater circumspection. All this is argued in an easy readable style.
The book provokes the reader into assessing the damage to the planet and helps us explore alternative ways of living. These could be potentially as fulfilling as the ones we currently live by, if not more so. All this is done whilst also underlining the urgency of changing our relationship with the world we live in.
Tamil Nadu is vulnerable when it comes to water supply, said Professor Vikram Soni, writer, physicist, and Emeritus Professor with Jamia Millia and JNU, who was in the city to discuss his recent book
Reference: March 14, 2017, The New Indian Express
An essential primer
What is required action to protect nature
Reference: November 22, 2015, Business India (Fortnightly)