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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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Bill McKibben seems to be convinced that catastrophic global warming is coming, there's nothing you can do about it, so you better start getting self-sufficient. After getting the number of 350 ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as the upper safe limit from climate science expert James Hansen, he tells us we are past that now and have no realistic chance of getting back to it.
The first part of the book is a collection of the ways Earth has changed because of the global warming that has already occurred. He chose the title Eaarth to make a statement that we aren't living on the Earth we think we know, but a different planet "Eaarth." These changes are quite stunning all laid out one after another.
The second half of the book is very muddled -- as though he couldn't decide what to say about how to fix it. Maybe he knows we can't. He quickly waves off nuclear power and I don't recall a mention of geoengineering at all. Instead, he talks about how great his Vermont farmers market co-op is. The second half is odd -- as though he has decided we're all screwed and need to find small communities to survive with, but doesn't have the heart to come right out and say it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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!