Earth is irreparably broken, Bill McKibben argues. So now what?. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet is a book written by Bill McKibben, published by Henry Holt and Company in In the opening chapter. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert Storms of My Grandchildren by James Hansen Eaarth by Bill McKibben This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein Field .
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to biol. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Eaarth bby Bill McKibben. 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 wen Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. 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.
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
Change—fundamental change—is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance. Hardcoverpages. Published April 13th by Times Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eaarthplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 05, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Mckibbeh So, you probably think mmckibben don’t want to read this book or this review, because it is about bad news you maybe think you already know, and will include not enough good–or really new–news about imminent solutions.
But I’ll tell you: It’s well written and important, from the world’s premier climate change writer. Making a Life So, you probably think you don’t want to read this book or this review, because it is about bad news you maybe think you already know, and will include not enough good–or really new–news about imminent solutions. esarth
Making a Life on a Tough Planetthough I had read excerpts of this book along the way. I follow this guy in periodicals and on Twitter. Arctic ice melt releasing methane gas to further heat the planet, massive species die-off, ocean warming and acidifying, increasing world hunger, limited access to water. And in the US Presidential mcjibben No one wants to talk about this dying elephant in the room.
Big biz owns the media, owns congress, here in the US, at least, and we have as possible President Trump who insists climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
So as usual, insanity prevails. Today literally today the Paris Accord signed by the EU is a tiny step forward as we also see Haiti again thrashed by another mph hurricane. So is the Paris Accord too daarth, too late? But you know all this, that McKibben lays out in excruciating detail in the first half of the book where he establishes the fact that Earth already no longer exists.
We now have what he calls Eaarth, a new and leaner and hotter planet, one we have to learn to live on. And together or not at all. In the second half McKibben gives examples of what remains to be done to survive, since thriving in any sense we might have imagined it in watching the Jetsons is already gone. Eat and farm this way. Let us all stop watering lawns and grow veggies.
Work with your neighbors, in your town, to live more simply. Maybe a few small moves by Obama in the end of his administration, thanks eaath part to his Alaska trip, maybe, where he could see the huge changes there. In some places this is taking place.
Vermont is one state McKibben uses as an example. That would be bad news for the eaxrth. Trump just made a joke of himself trashing the Paris Accord as Bad for Business, of course.
Trump, who with Rush and Fox News are mkcibben on to as the scientific hope of the day for the Billl. Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, which I am going to read soon, because it is about hope. Berry gets the last word, below.
Heard it all before? Yes, I have, too, and for decades of reading and activism. But it’s all we have, I think. Do I think Big Biz or Government will change in any fundamental way? So we must act locally. Maybe reading Solnit will help. The stand against FrankenFood. This will continue to be useful.
The demand for the better, simpler life. That we still have these good tendencies is hopeful. Let mad farmer Wendell Berry have the last word: Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die. And you will have a window in your head. Not even your future will be a mystery any more. Your mind will be punched in a card and shut away in bi,l little drawer. When they want you to buy something they will call you.
When they want you to die for profit they will let you know. So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute. Take all that you have and be poor. Love someone who does not deserve it. Denounce the government and embrace the flag. Hope to live in that free republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot understand. Praise ignorance, for what man has not encountered he has not destroyed. Ask the questions that have no answers. Invest in the millennium. Say that your main crop is the mckiibben that you did not plant, that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested when they have rotted into the mold. Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years. Listen to carrion–put your ear close, and hear the faint chattering of the songs that are to come. Expect the end of the world. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts. So long as women do not go cheap for power, mckkbben women more than men.
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
Will this satisfy a woman satisfied to bear a child? Will this disturb the sleep of mckibbe woman near to giving birth? Go with your love to the fields. Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head in her lap. Swear allegiance to what is nighest your thoughts. As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motions of your mind, lose it.
Leave it as a sign to mark a false trail, the way you didn’t go. Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction. View all 7 comments. Jan 31, K. Absolutely rated it it was ok Shelves: I cannot remember exactly when I heard about global warming for the first time.
I was not a voracious reader then and all I was dreaming about was how to land a good job and convince my father to let me get married as I could already support my own family.