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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McKibben speculates aearth such grand National Projects as the space race and infrastructure development are disappearing, and action will become more localized, but he discounts the possibility of travel to and colonization of Mars: McKibben says that the planet has changed eaath a result of global warming and that we’re now living on a different planet and we can never go back to the old one.

The last part of the book, however, was tremendously hopeful.

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Sea level is rising faster than expected. Dealing with climate change, not to mention peak oil, soil erosion, deforestation, and the “environment” generally, means an end to economic growth.

His book is based on observable phenomena that have HAPPENED – disappearing glaciers, disappearing antarctic ice, measurable effects of disappearing rain forest, and of course the effects of long years of factory farming.

While none of the concepts or data were particularly new to me, since I live and breathe this stuff at work, it’s still persuasive to read it all in one place. I think the answer is that, although there are a few visible signs of a coming climate meltdown, much of the evidence is out of sight.

Apr 10, Bakari rated it really liked it Shelves: Mckibbeh hope depends, McKibben argues, on scaling backā€”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 bull that will allow us to weather trouble on an unprecedented scale.

Expect the end of the world. Nobody is going to be able to sleep through the earth changes–and isolationism, a cache of arms, and a lot of hateful rhetoric is not going to feed anyone’s family or keep them secure. The middle of ,ckibben slim volume discusses the current ‘let’s fix it!


So, who cares about how many species are going extinct? We’ve created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. I tend to agree that going back to local systems going off the grid in more ways than just our food and electricity is the first big step to getting off our addition to fossil fuels.

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We need to get small, get local, and get connected. This is the most frightening part of the book because McKibben systematically demolishes nearly all of the climate change solutions we’ve all grown used to hearing, dismissing them with lots of evidence to back his eqarth as insufficient.

It is a place of more extreme weather patterns. The seco The first part of this book will scare the daylights out of anyone who isn’t blinded by oil company hype or willful ignorance. The changes are happening now. The first half of Eaarth is pretty withering as McKibben lays the smackdown with statistical body blows, interpersed with frequent anecdotal uppercuts.

Medium sized mammals like us will likely die because we won’t be able to adapt to the warmer temperatures. It was also the time when my handsome brother was egging us, his 3 I cannot remember exactly when I heard about global warming for the first time. I don’t think I learned a whole lot of brand new stuff here, but I’ve been specializing in this sort of book for the last several months.

And McKibben even admits that highway construction and the space race both needed Hamiltonian centralized government. Some people are taking another look at small-scale agriculture, getting away from a dependence on artificial chemicals and fertilizer. There is not enough money on Earth to evacuate everyone threatened by rising sea levels.

Buildings won’t be able to gain insurance. He holds a lot of hope in the Internet and seems to think that it is the ultimate community that will help us solve our problems. This book, while a little bit US centric mc,ibben a bit too much about US history that went over my head is a very important read for everyone, anywhere in the world.

McKibben explains well how the earth we once knew is no longer. A lot of the hope boils down to “know your neighbors, band together, make a micro-community” and a lot of the doom and gloom boils down to “we’ve really, really screwed up the world”.


But, knowing something about the economics of Internet information, this seems naive. And even if we reduce our production of green house gases, they’re now being released faarth melting ice caps — the loss of which also means that a surface mckkibben reflected heat will now absorb it. I hate reading books about climate change, because they are very depressing.

He doesn’t encourage people to go vegan, or at least vegetarian beef production makes a HUGE impact on global warming. In short, it’s the same prescription for sustainable living that’s been emerging since the s.

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Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years. We may be headed for 6 degrees by the end of this century. Anyone who thinks we are mc,ibben to keep up anything faintly resembling the current American diet on “Eaarth” is fooling themselves, and this should be the starting point, not a casual aside.

Lie easy in the shade. Mcoibben should have broken them up more.

It’s as if he doesn’t want people to become offended, so he waters down his suggestions until they’re palatable. That would vill a rate perhaps times greater than the normal geological rate of soil formation! From what I remember, it was pretty unsettling.

Mar 08, Dan rated it it was amazing.

Listen to carrion–put your ear close, blll hear the faint chattering of the songs that are to come. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. That we still have these good tendencies is hopeful. Global warning is now upon us.

There is a way to ride out this storm–not the coming storm, but the storm that has, in so many ways, already arrived. Are we talking massive unemployment? The abandonment of many industries? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.