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The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight : The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late - Thom Hartmann

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9781400051571
Number Of Pages: 448

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While everything appears to be collapsing around us -- ecodamage, genetic engineering, virulent diseases, the end of cheap oil, water shortages, global famine, wars -- we can still do something about it and create a world that will work for us and for our children’s children. The inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio’s web movie Global Warning, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight details what is happening to our planet, the reasons for our culture’s blind behavior, and how we can fix the problem.

Thom Hartmann’s comprehensive book, originally published in 1998, has become one of the fundamental handbooks of the environmental activist movement. Now, with fresh, updated material and a focus on political activism and its effect on corporate behavior, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight helps us understand--and heal--our relationship to the world, to each other, and to our natural resources.

About the Author

Thom Hartmann is the four-time Project Censored Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of 23 books currently in print in over a dozen languages on five continents.

Hartmann is also an internationally known speaker on culture and communications, an author, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology, and economics.

The co-founder (with his wife, Louise) and former Executive Director of The New England Salem Children's Village (1978) and The Hunter School (1997), he has led national innovations in the areas of residential treatment for abused children and private/public education for learning-disabled children.

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"Thom Hartmann seeks out interesting subjects from such disparate outposts of curiosity that you have to wonder whether or not he uncovered them or they selected him." - Leonardo DiCaprio

"The more of us who heed Thom Hartmann's passionate message, the more likely it is that our highest hopes, rather than our darkest fears, will come to pass." - John Robbins, founder of EarthSave and author of Diet for a New America
"Thom is a national treasure. Read him, embrace him, learn from him, and follow him as we all work for social change." - Robert Greenwald (Brave New Films)

Foreword
Introduction
We're running out of ancient sunlightp. 5
We're made out of sunlightp. 7
How can things look so good yet be so bad?p. 20
Slavery and freedomp. 32
Glimpsing a possible future in Haiti and other hot spotsp. 36
The death of the treesp. 42
Extinctions : diversity supports survivalp. 51
Climate changesp. 60
A visit to a country that's planning how to survive : Chinap. 84
The last hours of (cheap, clean) waterp. 91
Deforesting, fighting for fuel, and the rise and fall of empiresp. 106
Younger and older cultures : how did we get here?p. 117
The power of our point of view : older and younger culturesp. 119
Younger culture drugs of controlp. 124
Younger culture stories about how things arep. 139
What we need to rememberp. 165
The lives of ancient peoplep. 186
Power vs. cooperation in social structure : the city-state vs. tribesp. 192
The robots take overp. 215
But what about Darwin? Isn't the victor right?p. 222
What can we do about it?p. 229
The new sciencep. 233
New stories are necessary to change the worldp. 248
Touching the sacredp. 253
Learn to create awarenessp. 259
Lessons from a monkp. 264
Re-empower womenp. 271
The secret of "enough"p. 273
Respect other cultures and communitiesp. 279
Renounce the destruction of lifep. 280
Look into the face of Godp. 289
Change the focus of how we use technologyp. 292
Turn off the TVp. 300
The modern-day tribe : intentional communityp. 304
Reinventing our daily life and ritualsp. 321
Transforming culture through politicsp. 329
Taking back Americap. 338
Something will save usp. 344
We have much to learn ... and even more to rememberp. 354
Afterwordp. 357
Notesp. 359
Recommended readingp. 366
Acknowledgmentsp. 369
Indexp. 371
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781400051571
ISBN-10: 1400051576
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 14.61 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.29