A Leap to an Ecological Economy

A Leap to an Ecological Economy
by Derek Paul
Issued by Archway Publishing
Paperback: 978-1-4808-5171-9
E-Book: 978-1-4808-5172-6

Obtainable through Archway Publishing (www.archwaypublishing.com) or can be ordered through the major bookstores in Canada and the USA or through amazon.com.

The preliminary edition in 12 pt print (ISBN: 978-1-7751498-0-4) is still available from the author (derekleverpaul@gmail.com), and at a few bookstores in Montreal:

  • James McGill Bookstore, 680 rue Sherbrooke Ouest;
  • Kidlink Store, 5206 de Monkland; and
  • Le Puits du Livre, 2587 rue Masson.

An early comment:

“I have read your book and … it remains the book I would have liked to have written. I am happy that you put it together … You have described a way forward … your book should be on the curriculum of all high school students in the English speaking world. This book is short enough and readable enough to make it doable.
“Thank you for your important contribution to the literature in the field of ecological economics.”
Glenn Griffin MD, MSc, Med.

Selected excerpts from the book can be found here.

Love’s Labours Regained

Love’s Labours Regained
by Derek Paul
Maison Hilton, 2017
a verse play in four acts

This play was workshopped under the direction of Mallary Davenport
and a wonderful team of professional actors.

At present copies of this play can only be obtained from the author;
send your enquiries to the email address: derekleverpaul@gmail.com

Retail price will be $12 (CAD) with progressive discounts for three or more copies; handling, shipping and GST (within Canada) extra.

Mrs Williamson’s Story

In the summer of 1953 I had several days of business in Bognor Regis, England, and spent my few nights there as guest of a good friend of my mother’s, whom I had not previously met. Her name was Blanche Bridges, and she was a wealthy widow, living in a pleasant, and beautifully appointed house with her son Bobby, who was then about twenty.

During the visit, I was treated to dinner alternately at Blanche Bridges’ house, or at her sister’s, a Mrs Williamson, where Blanche and I dined on the second night — Bobby Bridges being away from home at that time. Mrs Williamson was also a widow, and lived with her only daughter, Sally, who was a professional musician. Thus we were four at dinner. Continue reading “Mrs Williamson’s Story”

Le Python de Lionel-Groulx

J’étais sur le point d’entrer dans le métro Lionel-Groulx à Montréal, mais le soleil brillait, et je n’avais pas eu assez de ses rayons sur ma peau ce printemps; même les arbres étaient retardés, n’ayant pas encore eu l’occasion d’ouvrir leurs feuilles au complet. Il y avait deux bancs près de l’entrée, l’un à moitié effondré – j’ai donc choisi l’autre. Un homme était assis dessus, qui s’est déplacé vers l’autre extrémité du banc lorsque j’y pris ma place. Une fois installé, je le regardai, rempli de curiosité: il avait un grand python enroulé autour de son cou, et je ne pouvais pas juger tout de suite si le python lui pinçait ou non le cou. Continue reading “Le Python de Lionel-Groulx”

Necessary Action to Address Climate Change

By Wilfred Candler, Derek Paul, and Judy Lumb, in Quaker Eco-Bulletin Vol.13, No.2 (July-August 2014)

The Inescapable Reality

Earth receives slightly more radiant energy than it emits into space, which makes it slightly warmer year after year. This imbalance is caused by our use of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil) that add carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, thus blocking some of the far-infra-red radiation that would otherwise send energy back into space.

CO2 is part of the natural carbon cycle. When we breathe out, we emit CO2, returning carbon that was derived from the food we eat. The carbon in the food we eat was originally contained in plants, which got their carbon from the atmosphere by photosynthesis using energy from the sun. The carbon we breathe out is already in the carbon cycle. But we have been burning fossil fuels that have been sequestered in Earth for millions of years. Continue reading “Necessary Action to Address Climate Change”

A Holistic Paradigm for the 21st Century

By Phyllis Creighton and Derek Paul
Science for Peace, Canada
Revised 2008


Earth, indeed the ecosphere, faces unprecedented threats from the destructive effects of civilization — the warring, wastefulness, consumerism, burgeoning population, overexploitation of natural capital, and blindness of humankind toward the living system of which it is part. Failure to change course will spell disaster before long. Thus a new basis for policy making is imperative. This new basis must be grounded in a holistic way of thinking, to replace the paradigm that has underpinned thinking in the western world for more than three centuries.
Continue reading “A Holistic Paradigm for the 21st Century”

Comment réduire au Canada les gaz à effets de serre écocides

Conférence Pugwash, Coeur de Sciences, Université de Québec à Montréal, le 6 février 2008
Par Derek Paul, Professeur émérite en physique, Université de Toronto; Cofondateur de Science et Paix

Déjà à la fin du 19me siècle, le CO2 a été reconnu comme gaz à effet de serre (GES) par Lord Rayleigh, qui avait mesuré le pourcentage de ce gaz dans l’atmosphère et avait estimé une augmentation de la température moyenne d’environs 6°C si l’on doublait la concentration qu’il avait mesurée.

Cent ans plus tard, les chercheurs en matière de science atmosphérique ont construit divers modèles complexes représentant l’atmosphère qui indiquent l’augmentation de la température, et la hausse du niveau des océans, selon un grand nombre de scénarios d’émissions GES.
Continue reading “Comment réduire au Canada les gaz à effets de serre écocides”