Eaarth

Eaarth

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By (author) Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben, Read by Oliver Wyman

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  • Publisher: MACMILLAN AUDIO
  • Format: CD-Audio | 7 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 23mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 13 April 2010
  • ISBN 10: 1427209499
  • ISBN 13: 9781427209498
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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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 KingsolverTwenty 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.

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"Narrator Oliver Wyman's clear voice sounds very earnest throughout the book. He goes beyond just reading the words and seems as if he actually believes them, which makes for a convincing performance." - "AudioFile" " 'Eaarth' is the name McKibben has decided to assign both to his new book and to the planet formerly known as Earth. His point is a fresh one that brings the reader uncomfortably close to climate change. Earth with one "a," according to McKibben, no longer exists. We have carbonized it out of existence. Two-a Eaarth is now our home."--The New York Times Book Review "A passionate appeal. . . . McKibben's engaging and persuasive book will add greatly to the sense of urgency. It will add realism to the case for strong adaptation to the changes that our past and current actions are bringing to our natural world."--The New York Review of Books "Bill McKibben may be the world's best green journalist . . . What really sets Eaarth apart from other green books is McKibben's prescription for survival. This won't be just a matter of replacing a few lightbulbs; McKibben is calling for a more local existence lived 'lightly, carefully, gently.' It's a future unimaginable to most of us--but it may be the only way to survive."--Time "Bill McKibben [is] probably the nation's leading environmentalist... Important strands of environmental thought merge in McKibben's new book, making for some truly scary reading and prompting urgent questions about the nature of the environmental catastrophe at hand... [Eaarth] offers a view of economic growth not typically encountered in mainstream discussion, with all its moral dimensions unmasked and clarified... The urgency of his moral advocacy demands attention."--The Boston Globe "Superbly written . . . McKibben is at his best when offering an elegant tour of what is already going wrong and likely to get even worse. . . . Eaarth is a manifesto for radical measures."--The National Interest "A valuable slice of acid-tongued reality