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This gripping, deeply thoughtful book considers the future of civilization in the light of what we know about climate change and related threats. David Orr, an award-winning, internationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability and environmental education, pulls no punches: Even with the Paris Agreement of 2015, Earth systems will not reach a new equilibrium for centuries. Earth is becoming a different planet - more threadbare and less biologically diverse, with more acidic oceans and a hotter, more capricious climate. Furthermore, technology will not solve complex problems of sustainability. Yet we are not fated to destroy the Earth, Orr insists. He imagines sustainability as a quest and a transition built upon robust and durable democratic and economic institutions, as well as changes in heart and mindset. The transition, he writes, is beginning from the bottom up in communities and neighborhoods. He lays out specific principles and priorities to guide us toward enduring harmony between human and natural systems.

©2016 David W. Orr (P)2017 Tantor

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"David Orr has written a perfectly marvelous book, a deep and wide-ranging reflection on the human condition. It's a winner, and a rare one at that." (James Gustave Speth, author of Red Sky at Morning)

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Moving, terrifying, vitally important!

I found nothing to disagree with in this book. That's sad considering the bleak picture Orr paints of our predicament. Filled with passages of startling, evocative beauty and wisdom.

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  • Shawn
  • 14-06-17

Great Information Told Very Poorly

Orr is an expert, and did a lot of research, but he inundates the listener with far too much. He is a pie in the sky dreamer. The book is very poorly edited. The reader's voice is too congested.

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  • Greg
  • 13-11-17

Excellent view of a possible near future Earth.

It seems wordy, but in all this was necessary to convey the views. In all, more should be said about this possibility of the future of the planet. As of this review, the only news is of more miss-direction from the country leaders to keep focus off the truecorruptness governing, and literally no news of anything to do with the four or five massive hurricanes that took a huge toll this past season. It appears to have begun.