Dangerous Years by David W. Orr

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...while humanities scholars ought to have something to say about this, it seems a touch unhelpful to suggest wistfully that we need to be more thoughtful citizen...A well-meaning but diffident treatise. Read Lewis Dartnell’s The Knowledge (2014) for a more useful take on what comes next.
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A leading environmental thinker takes a hard look at the obstacles and possibilities on the long road to sustainability  

This gripping, deeply thoughtful book considers future of civilization in the light of what we know about climate change and related threats. David Orr, an award-winning, internationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability and environmental education, pulls no punches: even with the Paris Agreement of 2015, Earth systems will not reach a new equilibrium for centuries. Earth is becoming a different planet—more threadbare and less biologically diverse, with more acidic oceans and a hotter, more capricious climate. Furthermore, technology will not solve complex problems of sustainability.
 
Yet we are not fated to destroy the Earth, Orr insists. He imagines sustainability as a quest and a transition built upon robust and durable democratic and economic institutions, as well as changes in heart and mindset. The transition, he writes, is beginning from the bottom up in communities and neighborhoods. He lays out specific principles and priorities to guide us toward enduring harmony between human and natural systems. 
 

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Michael K. Stone, formerly managing editor of Whole Earth magazine, was a founding faculty member of World College West, an innovative undergraduate institution in Northern California, where he served as academic vice president. Zenobia Barlow, cofounder and executive director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, previously served as executive director of the Elmwood Institute, an ecological think tank, and as executive editor of an international publisher. Both Stone and Barlow live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael K. Stone, formerly managing editor of Whole Earth magazine, was a founding faculty member of World College West, an innovative undergraduate institution in Northern California, where he served as academic vice president. Zenobia Barlow, cofounder and executive director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, previously served as executive director of the Elmwood Institute, an ecological think tank, and as executive editor of an international publisher. Both Stone and Barlow live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Published November 22, 2016 by Yale University Press. 320 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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on Sep 20 2016

...while humanities scholars ought to have something to say about this, it seems a touch unhelpful to suggest wistfully that we need to be more thoughtful citizen...A well-meaning but diffident treatise. Read Lewis Dartnell’s The Knowledge (2014) for a more useful take on what comes next.

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