It's the year 2030 and civilisation is faced with a dramatic change that could alter their lifestyles forever. When the oil starts to run out, its not just the power that goes, it's all the things that make life worth living. All the `stuff' that people fill their homes with, even the necessities like food and drink, become rationed as the small shops in the High Street start to reopen, one by one. How will Jonjay and his family survive this new world? New kinds of energy - some of which is based on recycled waste - become available as an alternative to the fossil fuel energy, but will life ever be the same again for this loving family? Meanwhile, in Africa, Limpo escapes the forest fires that consume his home and family. Will he be able to make a new life for himself, and for this lost country? The parallel story that mirrors Jonjay and his family represents the struggle to keep their respective families alive and well in such a lost, diminishing world.
This striking novella captures a very realistic account of a potential future circumstance and includes a foreword by Paul Allen, Project Director Zero Carbon Britain, Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth. A Different World focuses on our misconception of the way we use our energy resources and would interest adult modern contemporary fiction readers with a secondary appeal to young adults. Using the controversial issue of renewable energy as the central focal point, author Ruth demonstrates the need for an alternative technology that will help people adapt to a new way of life.
Ruth Jacobs was born in 1928 and developed a lifelong love for the natural world after being evacuated during the war. She is co-founder of Liverpool Organic Gardeners and has edited their newsletter for many years. She has lectured on organic gardening at the W.E.A. Ruth regularly gives talks and appears on panels about environmental subjects such as alternative energy, climate change and genetic engineering. Organic Gardening - A Guide for Beginners, which is now in publication for the third edition, reflects Ruth's ability as a freelance writer.