An Audacious Plan for Rewilding Every City on Earth
Wow! This is an extraordinary and brilliant way to pass on information through the method of putting explosive ideas into a large picture book. Ultrawild is quite inspirational and from the beginning the reader is drawn into the questions.
The first question is “COULD WE CRUSH CLIMATE CHANGE BY TRANSFORMING EVERY CITY ON EARTH INTO A JUNGLE?” With the aid of small cartoon captions and images, the author explains that “Thinking about ridiculous ideas can be incredibly sensible.” He feels we should push creative thinking to the limit to solve our problems.
“THE POWER OF POO,” is the heading for the next chapter and begins by saying that bones of hippopotamus, lions and elephants have been found underground in London. All that beautiful compost has been lost. Then the composition of poo is examined and the benefits it brings to our soil. One idea is to blow up all our toilets and replace them with compost making machines……
Chapter 4 asks the question, “COULD WE TRANSFORM ALL THE LAMPOSTS IN THE WORLD INTO ARMOURED LUXURY HOTELS FOR NATIVE ANIMALS?” To do this we would need to use 3D printers to copy the features of trees onto lampposts. And so, the questions flow on.
Ultrawild is a visually stimulating and awesome book to browse. It contains a huge amount of information broken down into small, humorous, and interesting parts. After many examples, the author asks the readers to send him what they have invented. This is followed by a Glossary of Terms and then an Index to reference all the subjects covered. This could be a wonderful class project to present and discuss for solutions for our planet.