When the Bough Breaks...
Our children, our environment
By Laura Thomas
Edited by Lloyd Timberlake
Published October 1st 2009 by Routledge – 276 pages
TO ACCOMPANY A MAJOR ITV DOCUMENTARY We are poisoning our planet and destroying the lives of our children. In the west arguments rage over how much nuclear radiation and toxic dumping is safe, while children continue to breath filthy air and eat food full of pesticides. In the third World, over four million children die each year from drinking unclean water. Adults make the decisions but children pay the highest price. They are physically vulnerable and politically powerless. When the Bough Breaks… is about the world we are creating for our children. For too long we have used what we want from our planet now, refusing to think about the future. But it may still not be too late. The book sets out what must be done and describes how people throughout the world are uniting to clean up the mess we have made.
Authors' Note Introduction: The Children Crisis 1. Children at the Centre 2. Women and Children Last 3. Polluting Posterity 4. Keeping Children Alive - from Calories to Cities 5. Medicine, Population and Power 6. Perilous Future - Global Warming and all that 7. Children and the Environment: Undervalued Resources 8. Remembering the Future References