As featured by Toni Whitmont in the May 2010 Booktopia Buzz. Click here to see all of Booktopia's Newsletters.
Twenty years ago, in The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he argues, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already underway. Our old familiar planet is melting, drying, acidifying, flooding and burning in ways humans have never seen. We've created a new planet, still recognisable but fundamentally different. In Eaarth, McKibben surveys the changes already taking place and considers what they will mean for our future.
Adapting to our new home won't be easy. It will be expensive - and the natural resources on which our economy is built have been damaged and degraded. Our survival depends, McKibben argues, on scaling back, concentrating on essentials and creating the kinds of communities that will allow us to weather trouble on an unprecedented scale. Change - fundamental change - will be our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance.
'What I have to say about this book is very simple: read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important.' - Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
'Bill McKibben foresaw 'the end of nature' very early on, and in this new book he blazes a path to help preserve nature's greatest treasures.' - James E. Hansen, director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
About the Author
Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy. He is the founder of the environmental organisations Step It Up and 350.org, and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.
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Comments about Eaarth:
Bill delves into the issue of climate change and whilst he paints an unwelcome picture of the future he gives insights that all is not lost.
BUT - We need to start acting now as we are reaching, if we have not already passed, the tipping point where ocean currents change and who knows where we all end up.
A lot is focussed on where he lives and what is happening there and I skimmed through these.
Well worth reading and giving to others to spread the word.
"What I have to say about this book is very simple: read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important."--Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle "McKibben is the most effective environmental activist of our age. Anyone interested in making a difference to our world can learn from him."--Tim Flannery
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 3rd May 2010
Dimensions (cm): 23.000 x 15.200