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Gerrit Niezen

Joined 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm into open-source hardware 🔌, solarpunk 🌄 and growing food 🥬.

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8% complete! Gerrit Niezen has read 1 of 12 books.

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Hardcover, 2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 5 stars

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) …

Can't wait for the next one!

5 stars

The world described in these books is one that I would love to live in, more than that described in any other science fiction book. Forget cyberpunk, give me solarpunk for life! It's a great book to read before bed, as the book is like a warm hug, helping you settle down and relax before going to sleep.

Regenesis (2022, Penguin Books, Limited) 5 stars

One of those books everyone should read

5 stars

This book does not shy away from unpopular opinions, and is really good at backing up these opinions with the proper research references. It doesn't just say what is wrong with agriculture today, but also provides a whole range of possible solutions to the problem.

Facing the Climate Emergency (2020, New Society Publishers, Limited) 5 stars

To the point and actionable

5 stars

This book is actually a self-help book, and I got interested in it after Jessica Wildfire posted about it on Medium. I was able to buy a DRM-free e-book directly from the publisher, New Society Publishers.

The book doesn't get bogged down in scientific detail, and instead focuses on helping you through the process of coming to grips with the climate emergency. It then shows you how to get involved and actually make a difference.

There's little to fault this book, except that it's maybe too US-focused. That said, the advice can still be generalised to those of us outside the USA.

The Ministry for the Future (Paperback, 2021, Orbit) 4 stars

Established in 2025, the purpose of the new organization was simple: To advocate for the …

Too much blockchain and geoengineering

3 stars

I thought I would enjoy this book a lot more, and it ended up being a bit of a slog towards the end. A lot of the writing is very "stream of consciousness", and there's not much of a plot to speak of.

In terms of finding ideas for addressing climate change, there's too much focus on blockchain and geoengineering. Not really solarpunk.