CO2.Earth's predecessor, CO2Now.org, is one of more than 100 websites featured in the Spanish ebook, The Guide to the Best Websites on Sustainability 2010 (Guía de las mejores web en torno a la sostenibilidad 2010).
The author, Dr. Manuel Quirós Galdón notes his motivation for writing the book: 95% of people who use the internet read web pages from their own country and in their own language. The Guide to the Best Websites on Sustainability features websites in a number of languages (English and Spanish mostly) to promote sharing of sustainability information across languages, cultures and national boundaries.
The tabs below connect you to an ebook preview, purchase options and Michael McGee's interview with the author. A reprint of the CO2Now.org review is shown below with the author's permission.
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Interview with Manuel Quirós Galdón
In 2010, Manuel Quirós Galdón responded to questions Michael McGee asked about his Guide to the Best Websites on Sustainability 2010.
McGee Why did you write a book about the best sustainability websites?
Quirós There are millions of sites and blogs on the internet. People who are interested in sustainability can easily get lost in the forest of options. By creating a guide that features some of the best sites, people can discover excellent information sources and people doing leading-edge work on sustainability. As well, it is for people who are sceptical of the need for sustainability work; it shows them that businesses, universities, think tanks and people around the world are serious and committed to the advancement of sustainability.
McGee What one or two characteristics are common to each selected website?
Quirós Each site is a jewel to be discovered. Some bring a philosophy of life. Some are outstanding sources of reliable information and resources. Others show us what climate leadership is, along with ground-breaking ways of engaging people on important local and global issues. All of them certainly show enthusiasm and give us hope for a better world that is greener, vibrant, just and of course, sustainable.
McGee How does the book fit with other sustainability projects you are working on?
Quirós I teach Environment and Sustainability at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid. At the start of a new course, the students often do not understand the term ‘sustainability’. Some do not see it as important. This reflects the general attitude of people in Spain today. This is worrisome because our students are the next generation and they should be leading us toward solutions. There is also the IPCC reports that tell us that Spain will be hit extra hard by climate changes and impacts. It will be hit hard because of its georgraphic location. These issues will be huge in this country. There are some tough times ahead. The Guide to Best Websites on Sustainability is helping students develop and prepare for the changes that are happening in Spain and around the world. It gives them access to some of the best sustainability resources and expertise from different parts of the world, even though most of the websites are in English, not just Spanish. This use of the online sustainability guide helps to make the university setting a center for driving new knowledge in sustainability issues.
McGee Would you like to say anything else about your book?
Quirós The book is a modest contribution to bring more order to the vast world of sustainability information on the internet. My aim is to assist as many people as possible around the world, and the internet is the ideal place. I am already working on a second volume because there are other sites that are making a unique contribution to sustainability.