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otherthanmotherby Kamalamani Earth Books 2016

This book explores how choosing to have children is a private decision with global consequences.

Kamalamani, a member of Climate Psychology Alliance, launched her latest book 'Other Than Mother - Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind' on 15th April 2016 in Bristol. Further reviews on this book are welcome

'Other Than Mother' explores the terrain of this decision-making process and is structured in three parts:

Part I The Worldly Winds explores the backdrop to deciding whether or not to have children, including the cultural changes brought about by the rise in voluntary childlessness.

Part II A Private Decision with Global Consequences explores the pros and cons in the decision-making process, including ecological and environmental considerations.

Part III New Horizons and Baby-sized Projects explores living with the decision.

The Foreword to 'Other than Mother' is written by the Michigan-based ecological activist, fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, lecturer, and renowned author Stephanie Mills and it is endorsed by the ecocide lawyer Polly Higgins, amongst others (see below).

'Other than Mother' will be published on 29th April by Earth Books

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What a truly beautiful book. Touching on issues close to the heart - stewardship, legacy and interconnectedness - Kamalamani talks of birthing of another kind. Having children can be a choice. Or more specifically, choosing not to have children - often a far less spoken about subject. Kamalamani faces this shadow and explores it deeply, compassionately and lovingly.

Polly Higgins, International Ecocide law advocate, CEO of Earth Community Trust. Author of Eradicating Ecocide and Earth is our Business.

Kamalamani successfully makes the case to fall in love with the world, with all its beauty, denizens, and limitations. As a conservationist at heart, the message of loving all living things and caring for the Earth resonates with me. Kamalamani says, "I can see exactly why people have life is awesome;" she marvels at "the miracle, beauty, and wonder of not just human life, but all life." The elements of Buddhism in the book serve her message well; "the connection with all that lives." Kamalamani wants to build bridges of understanding; the Earth is an ecosystem, with all its inhabitants linkedhuman and other-than-human. She has consciously chosen to honor life, without procreating. And she is respectful in her messaging; she doesn't tell women not to try for children. Rather, it is to think about what becoming a mother means with the impact upon the Earth in mind. It is to explore new dialogues about parenthood and non-parenthood, to find new ways of living "live lightly on the earth."

Melanie Holmes, Author of The Female Assumption: A Mother's Story, Freeing Women from the View that Motherhood is a Mandate, Winner of 2014 Global Media Award from the Population Institute, Washington, D.C., USA (Best Book category).

For readers weighing the choice of whether or not to try for a baby, or seeking wisdom on decision making per se, this clear and gentle, knowing and engaging work will be of excellent counsel. In it the author recalls and refines her own personal experience, brings to bear her professional understanding, and invokes a bodhisattva concern for the other than human life on earth. In 'Other than mother' Kamalamani gives us a timely, compassionate, skilful guide. 

Stephanie Mills, Ecological activist, Lecturer, and author of Epicurean Simplicity and Whatever Happened to Ecology?