The book states three fundamental principles of environment management which are elucidated through case studies. How the principles are being violated and the dangerous fallout is elaborated. Finally what needs to be done to nurture nature is spelt out – once again through real life case studies
Case Study 1:
An excellent example has been set by Amory Lovins, a Colorado scientist. He , is well on the way to inventing a streamlined and hybrid-power car that will drive from New York to Los Angeles on a single tankful of gasoline. He and his wife Hunter live at 7,100 feet in the Rocky Mountains where the winter temperature often plunges below freezing every night for weeks if not months on end. Their house with its exceptional energy-efficiency installations leaves them with an annual heating bill of less than Rs. 2,500, which by American standards is extremely low. Nor did the house need way-out and costly technology. All items had long been available at the local store, and the Lovins’s energy savings paid off their capital investment within two years.
Case Study 2:
Indian born Australian scientist Professor Veena Sahajwala has won a prestigious Australian science award for developing a technique to use waste plastic in steel making. Under this process waste plastics are fed into electric steel making furnaces as an alternative source of carbon. Many waste plastics from shopping bags to cold drink bottles contain high levels of carbon which is useful in steel making. This innovative technique has two vital benefits. It puts an environmental hazard like plastic to economical use and conserves a valuable resource like carbon.