Paramount Place. "Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought" by Peter Hay and "Vandiemonian Essays" by Pete Hay. [review]
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Poet, scholar, teacher, writer and essayist are just a few terms that could be used to describe Peter Hay (or 'Pete Hay' as he presents himself on the second of these book covers). Hay, as Reader in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania, is an internationally respected environmental thinker. His searching new book "Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought" offers an insightful assessment of the basis for the environmentalism familiarly found in Green politics. Hay's versatility and range of passionate concerns are revealed in his personal essays. His collection "Vandiemonian Essays" centralises place as a means to understand self and the main currents of contemporary living. While Hay is capable of writing coolly detached academic treatises, here he successfully makes the transition to populist essays.