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Since he first heralded our era of environmental collapse in 1989's The End of Nature, Bill McKibben has raised a series of eloquent alarms. In Eaarth, he leads readers to the devastatingly comprehensive conclusion that we no longer inhabit the world in which we've flourished for most of human history: we've passed the tipping point for dramatic climate change, and even if we could stop emissions yesterday, our world will keep warming, triggering more extreme storms, droughts, and other erratic catastrophes, for centuries to come. This is not just our grandchildren's problem, or our children's--we're living through the effects of climate change now, and it's time for us to get creative about our survival. McKibben pulls no punches, and swaths of this book can feel bleak, but his dry wit and pragmatic optimism refuse to yield to despair. Focusing our attention on inspiring communities of "functional independence" arising around the world, he offers galvanizing possibilities for keeping our humanity intact as the world we've known breaks down. --Mari Malcolm
“What I have to say about this book is very simple: Read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important.”
— Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
“Bill McKibben is the most effective environmental activist of our age. Anyone interested in making a difference to our world can learn from him.”
— Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers and The Eternal Frontier
“Precisely what the world has been waiting for: a smart, practical approach to solving the greatest crisis facing humanity. The fact that it is so beautifully written is an absolute bonus.”
— Bruce Lourie, co-author of Slow Death by Rubber Duck
“With clarity, eloquence, deep knowledge, and even deeper compassion for both planet and people, Bill McKibben guides us to the brink of a new, uncharted era. This monumental book, probably his greatest, may restore your faith in the future, with us in it.”
— Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us
“Bill McKibben foresaw ‘the end of nature’ very early on, and in this new book he blazes a path to help preserve nature’s greatest treasures.”
— James E. Hansen, director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
This is a book that presents dire forecasts for the future but also provides practical advice on how to cope in a changing world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wayne Savard
While everyone else pussyfoots around the subject of humanity's impact on the planet we all inhabit, McKibben goes straight to the factual truth of the matter with undeniable... Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2012 by Leslie Fieger
A good review initially of what has happened historically to arrive at the point we find present day earth. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2011 by Richard
The author seems to be talking rather clearly. He is not talking through his hat.
Our past is over; our future is pending. Read more
I have read a number of climate change books and most of them are very pessimistic about the future of earths climate. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2010 by Wayne
This is not only a book about our ecological environment , it addresses our addiction to 'growth' and - to continue the addiction metaphor - our almost universal denial that we... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2010 by J. Louden