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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.
"One of the most important books you will ever read in your life."
-- Neale Donald Walsch, author of "Conversations with God
"The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight shines like a beacon in the darkness, an education about reality, a needed wake-up call, and a guidebook through the swamps of denial and ignorance into a brighter, sustainable future."
-- Dan Millman, author of "Way of the Peaceful Warrior and "Everyday Enlightenment
"Thom Hartmann writes one of the most rousing, raging, and right-thinking works of our time."
-- Jean Houston, author of "Jump Time and "A Mythic Life
"Thom Hartmann is one of those people who puts it all together for us, explaining not only what has seriously gone wrong in the world but, even more important, all that can still go right. He is an awakener of the highest order."
-- Marianne Williamson, author of" Healing of America
|We're running out of ancient sunlight||p. 5|
|We're made out of sunlight||p. 7|
|How can things look so good yet be so bad?||p. 20|
|Slavery and freedom||p. 32|
|Glimpsing a possible future in Haiti and other hot spots||p. 36|
|The death of the trees||p. 42|
|Extinctions : diversity supports survival||p. 51|
|Climate changes||p. 60|
|A visit to a country that's planning how to survive : China||p. 84|
|The last hours of (cheap, clean) water||p. 91|
|Deforesting, fighting for fuel, and the rise and fall of empires||p. 106|
|Younger and older cultures : how did we get here?||p. 117|
|The power of our point of view : older and younger cultures||p. 119|
|Younger culture drugs of control||p. 124|
|Younger culture stories about how things are||p. 139|
|What we need to remember||p. 165|
|The lives of ancient people||p. 186|
|Power vs. cooperation in social structure : the city-state vs. tribes||p. 192|
|The robots take over||p. 215|
|But what about Darwin? Isn't the victor right?||p. 222|
|What can we do about it?||p. 229|
|The new science||p. 233|
|New stories are necessary to change the world||p. 248|
|Touching the sacred||p. 253|
|Learn to create awareness||p. 259|
|Lessons from a monk||p. 264|
|Re-empower women||p. 271|
|The secret of "enough"||p. 273|
|Respect other cultures and communities||p. 279|
|Renounce the destruction of life||p. 280|
|Look into the face of God||p. 289|
|Change the focus of how we use technology||p. 292|
|Turn off the TV||p. 300|
|The modern-day tribe : intentional community||p. 304|
|Reinventing our daily life and rituals||p. 321|
|Transforming culture through politics||p. 329|
|Taking back America||p. 338|
|Something will save us||p. 344|
|We have much to learn ... and even more to remember||p. 354|
|Recommended reading||p. 366|
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Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 27th 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