Eaarth by Bill McKibben
Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

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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.

 

About Bill McKibben

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Bill McKibben is the bestselling author of over a dozen books about the environment, including the groundbreaking The End of Nature. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont.
 
Published April 7, 2010 by Times Books. 264 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Stark, no-nonsense manifesto about global warming and its unstoppable effects.

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The world as we know it has ended forever: that's the melancholy message of this nonetheless cautiously optimistic assessment of the planet's future by McKibben, whose

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While agreeing with the sentiment behind Friedman’s joie de vert, McKibben points out that even if we were to start an ecological Manhattan Project and build two million large windmills — “four times as many as we built in 2007, every year for the next 40” — we would offset only one-ninth of the ...

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We've cooked the planet, says activist Bill McKibben, but thinking locally, not globally, could help

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Huffington Post

If you want to debate whether global warming is real, or, if it's real, whether it's a natural phenomenon or something we did, or if "drill, baby, drill" can bring cheap energy back to America or whether depleting the earth's resources is a good thing because it brings on the End Times --- there ...

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Oregon Live

As McKibben was writing that book, the concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere climbed past 350 parts per million, a level Hansen later would call the key to preserving a "planet similar to that on which civilization developed."

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In recommending a world that is more local — in which provision of food, energy, raw materials and goods are distributed, not centralized — McKibben maintains that political power must be similarly dispersed.

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While each of us can make changes that will make a difference, the change needs to be bigger.

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