Peggy Smedley Releases Sustainable in a Circular World

Peggy Smedley on her own is a remarkable woman. An esteemed journalist who has covered a variety of issues for twenty-five years, she’s the recipient of the ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award, the founder and president of Specialty Publishing Media, and the host of her own, acclaimed show The Peggy Smedley Show. Her specialty as of late focuses on post-modern, progressive tech standards for a Green energy efficient world, as reflected in the release of her new book Sustainable in a Circular World: Design and Restore Natural Ecosystems Through Innovation. The book pulls no punches with respect to how much Smedley believes in the necessity of its content.


However Smedley is equally as attentive to highlighting the silver lining in various companies and corporations beginning to reevaluate their standards against the scientifically proven statistics of climate change. She also uses empowering language to motivate the reader directly, the latter not a passive experiencer to what Smedley highlights and articulates. “We stand at a profound crossroads,” she writes in the book’s forward. “The combination of climate change, loss of habitat, pollution, and other factors has led to what is broadly recognized as the sixth great mass extinction – a global event that is already underway and is accelerating. This represents an existential threat to our species and is the challenge of our generation.”

The policies she advocates for already are starting to go into effect, as reported by mainstream media sources. The past few years have highlighted stories related to Silicon Valley’s contentious embrace of the Universal Basic Income concept, specifically endorsed by tech and corporate titans such as Mark Zuckerberg, Sam Altman, and Stewart Butterfield. But Smedley takes things several major steps forward with her arguments and proposals, stating that time is of the essence and informed but radical paradigm shifts are in order should humanity continue to thrive in a post-modern, tech-infused worlds cape. Of particular emphasis is her highlighting of the circular economy concept, a sort of scientifically advocated economic and governing model sharing strands of democratic socialism’s DNA.

A progressive but practical regime change because of various environmental factors people both in positions of authority and positions as a private civilian cannot continue to ignore, or justify. “It’s more than saying we will do something,” Smedley writes. “It’s about actually monitoring and measuring short and long-term economic results. The sustainability problems are heavily weighted, maximizing our potential on doing something that our innovators find rewarding.” She also highlights, “Each generation has a view of what can be done. There are always outliers, those people who think outside the traditional bell curve of that generational norm. For the purpose of creating real environmental change, it will be anyone and everyone who sees themselves as wanting to make a difference.”


It’s rare to pick up a book on a decidedly polarizing, ultimately scientific and survivalist issue and feel like it is equal parts informative and equal parts motivational. But Smedley smartly enables this, without ever becoming maudlin. It makes the book individualistically a profound accomplishment, and something highly recommended to anyone looking to make a difference and intrigued by the potential of the Green energy debate.

Nicole Killian

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