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Martin Empson's book, "Land and Labour: Marxism, Ecology and Human History" was published by Bookmarks in early 2014. Martin draws on a Marxist understanding of history to grapple with the contradictory potential of our relationship with our environment. In so doing he shows that human action is key, both to the destruction of nature and to the possibility of a sustainable solution to the ecological crises of the 21st century.Ian Angus, editor of the Climate and Capitalism website, said about the book that it:"puts today's global environmental crisis into historical context, showing how humanity has used and abused the rest of nature for thousands of years, and how in a few hundred years capitalism has brought us to the brink of disaster. It is essential reading for everyone who wants to know how we got into this mess--and how we can get out of it."Simon Butler, co-author of the book, "Too Many People? Population, Immigration and the Environmental Crisis" wrote:"This superb book examines humanity's dynamic relationships with nature - from the dawn of civilisation to modern times - with a view to better understanding the social roots of today's environmental crises. Engaging, comprehensive and very well-written, it's an important contribution to the field of Marxist ecology." - Simon Butler, co-author Too Many People?Writing in Socialist Review, January 2014, Camila Royle said that"Marxist geographer Neil Smith once argued that, in starting to develop a historical materialist approach to nature, Marx had given us the corners and most of the straight edges of a jigsaw puzzle. The job of later generations has been to lay out these pieces and fill in the rest of the picture. This book is an important contribution to that tradition."Martin is also the author two popular pamphlets, "Marxism and Ecology: Capitalism, Socialism and the Future of the Planet" and "Climate Change: Why Nuclear Power is not the Answer". He is based in Manchester in the UK and is a long standing socialist and environmental activist.