Eaarth - Making a Life on a Tough New Planet Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (Paperback)
|Author: Bill McKibben|
|Argues that a large-scale shift in Earths climate is unavoidable and explains how humans should live if they are going to sustain themselves on the new planet that their mistakes have created. *Author: McKibben, Bill *Subtitle: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet *Publication Date: 2011/03/15 *Number of Pages: 261 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00|
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"Read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important." —Barbara Kingsolver
Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We've created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. We may as well call it Eaarth.
That new planet is filled with new binds and traps. A changing world costs large sums to defend—think of the money that went to repair New Orleans, or the trillions it will take to transform our energy systems. But the endless economic growth that could underwrite such largesse depends on the stable planet we've managed to damage and degrade. We can't rely on old habits any longer.
Our hope depends, McKibben argues, on scaling back—on building the kind of societies and economies that can hunker down, concentrate on essentials, and create the type of community (in the neighborhood, but also on the Internet) that will allow us to weather trouble on an unprecedented scale. Change—fundamental change—is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance.
In his 1990 debut, THE END OF NATURE, Bill McKibben presented a cogent environmental analysis which predicted a future of climate change and environmental deterioration. Twenty years later, all of McKibben's forecasts have come to fruition, and he now sees little choice but to discuss those devastating developments in the past tense. According to McKibben, the damage is done, and the Earth which nurtured humanity for thousands of years has been so irreparably altered that we would do better to call it by a new name--Eaarth. With his typical blend of evidentiary data and revelatory insight, McKibben provides a comprehensive summary of how the steady increase in temperatures caused primarily by fossil-fuel burning has directly caused the decline of the global ecosystem, marked by melting icecaps, acidifying oceans, dwindling diversity among species, and more extreme climactic events. Of course, McKibben remains one of the most outspoken and effective environmental advocates alive, and he is far from throwing in the towel, as he outlines a series of very reasonable lifestyle changes which must be made in order for people to adapt to life on our new planet.