Herbert Girardet

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Herbert Girardet "was born in Germany to a family of Huguenot background. He went to the UK in 1963 as a student and decided to make his home there. He is married with two grown-up sons. He has a B Sc Econ (LSE).

"Herbert Girardet is a social anthropologist and cultural ecologist, now working as a writer, consultant and filmmaker. His main focus in recent years has been the sustainable development of cities and contemporary lifestyles. He is a recipient of a UN ‘Global 500 Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievements’, and an honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects." [1]


Books and reports

  • 1986: Far from Paradise, ‘the story of human impact on the planet’; BBC Publications, London, four foreign editions; (co-author)
  • 1987: Blueprint for a Green Planet; ‘how to take practical action to fight pollution’; Dorling Kindersley, London, 12 foreign editions; (co-authored with John Seymour and Ian Penney)
  • 1992: Earthrise, ‘how we can heal our injured planet’; Paladin Books, HarperCollins, London; Published for the Rio Earth Summit; (author)
  • 1992: The Gaia Atlas of Cities, ‘new directions for sustainable urban living’, Gaia Books, London, four foreign editions; special edition for Habitat II, Istanbul, June 1996; (author)
  • 1995: Getting London in Shape for 2000; report for London First on how London could take measures for sustainable development; (author)
  • 1996: Making Cities Work: ‘the role of local authorities in the urban environment’; Earthscan, London. Commissioned by the UN for Habitat II, Istanbul, June 1996; (Editor)
  • 1996: Creating a Sustainable London, report for Sustainable London Trust on implementing sustainable development in London; (co-author)
  • 1999: Creating Sustainable Cities, Green Books, Dartington; (author)
  • 2001: Tall Buildings and Sustainability, report for the Corporation of London; (co-author)

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. CV, thinkers, accessed January 5, 2009.
  2. Under the Sky Who, organizational web page, accessed May 22, 2012.
  3. Artists Project Earth Who, organizational web page, accessed April 5, 2012.
  4. Resurgence Magazine, March/April 2009.
  5. Advisors, Earth Charter, accessed February 17, 2009.
  6. Faculty Members, SustainAbility, accessed July 29, 2009.
  7. Ecological Sequestration Trust Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed February 29, 2012.
  8. Global Vision About, organizational web page, accessed April 1, 2012.
  9. Club of Rome Executive committee, organizational web page, accessed October 13, 2019.