| ||"An excellent piece of scholarship, filling a major gap in Australia's environmental debate. . . a desperately needed guide to achieving ecological sustainability in Australia."|
Tim Flannery, Author
"Everybody should read this book. It is a major contribution to understanding the deterioration of the earth's life support systems and the urgent need to adopt policies and practices which will lead to a sustainable future in ecological, economic, social and cultural terms."
Ralph Slatyer, Australia's first Chief Scientist
"This book both helps us to understand the underlying issues and provides a substantial reference work. I will certainly be glad to have easy access to it on the shelves of my study."
Peter Doherty, Nobel Laureate
"Immensely important: it discusses and suggests answers to questions vital to all life on Earth; vital also to the kind of world the children of today will inherit from us."
Sir Ninian Stephen, former Governor-General and Australia's First Ambassador for the Environment
"This is a book about Australia's environmental conditions and the action needed to understand and manage them. . .I like this book for several reasons: It has a clear sequence of chapter, taking a sustained, and consistent theme towards a logical conclusion recommending government and public action. . .The book is full of ideas which are useful in bringing the context of physical (and human) geography up to date. . .The credibility of the writing, apparent in the text, is reinforced by the end notes indicating sources and demonstrating the authenticity and authority of the writing. This is a book to be read and used by geography teachers to reinforce their critical role as educators – leaders in taking the next generation into Australia's journey towards sustainability. It is highly recommended."
Geoff Conolly (Geography Bulletin, Winter, 2000)
“There is so much of interest in this book it is difficult to select sections for a review, suffice to say, buy the book, it is hard to put it down. … What appeals most about this book is the holistic approach it takes, highlighting all the components involved and the current state of scientific knowledge both in Australia and globally.”
Australian Landcare, December 2000
“The language of this substantial text is easily accessible enough for first-year students, and its breadth and depth of coverage … will ensure it becomes a reference work retained on the shelf long after specific courses have been completed. A well-structured and indexed title with useful end notes."
The Australian, 3 May 2000
“This is a timely and important book which should be at least on your bookshelf, if not on your desk or even your shoulder-holster! ... The span of the book is truly impressive, and the language is always clear and compelling.”
Ian Lowe, Griffith University, Brisbane (Australian Journal of Environmental Management v.8 no.3 September 2001)
“This is a practical book and it ought to be on the reading list of every planning course in Australia.”
Nicholas Low, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne (Urban Policy and Research v.19 no.4 December 2001)