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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.
©2010 Bill McKibben (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important." (Barbara Kingsolver)
"What distinguishes McKibben as an environmental writer beyond his literary finesse and firm grasp of the complexities of science and society is his generous pragmatism, informed vision of small-scale solutions to our food and energy needs, and belief that Eaarth will remain a nurturing planet if we face facts, jettison destructive habits, and pursue new ways of living with creativity and conscience." ( Booklist)
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By Ira on 07-19-10

A very important and interesting read

This is a must read for anyone and everyone that lives on this little rock that we call Earth. It is well researched, and for me has opened up my thinking to a few practical yet very important facts concerning our carbon problems. One idea that I was not aware of is the importants of localisation when it came to food production and energy. The author makes it clear that much harm has been already done to our Earth. This is why he refers to this small rock in space as Eaarth. What he does is not ring his hands, but show what can be done on Eaarth as it is today. Much can be done! All should read this book.

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By Michael Givental on 07-27-15

Audio version

The chapters on the audio version are not in chronological order or labeled. Don't buy it. The content however is fantastic and highly recommended as long as it's not the audio book version

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By Ms on 12-04-12


McKibben sets out is argument in a logical and rational way, giving insight and clarity to complex issues, depressing at times (naturally!) but empowering all the same. Following on from his Deep Economy work, this book offers glimpses of how we might change our behaviour as the world around us shifts. It's impossible to walk in a wood after absorbing these words and not feel a different sensitivity to the other species we live amongst.

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By Cat Piggott on 03-30-16

Excellent. Everyone needs to read this.

This book gives me hope. Hope that what we have worked so hard to destroy in the last hundred years is retrievable. Maybe not in any form we now recognise, but it is possible!

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