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''An environmental classic...remarkably prescient''-Time Magazine
''The newest name after Wells and Verne and Huxley and Orwell is Ernest Callenbach, creator of Ecotopia.''--Los Angeles Times
''It looks obvious-like the wheel-Rain Magazine.''--Rain Magazine
''An environmental classic...remarkably prescient.'' --Time Magazine
It looks obvious-like the wheel-Rain Magazine --Rain Magazine
"An environmental classic...remarkably prescient"-Time Magazine "The newest name after Wells and Verne and Huxley and Orwell is Ernest Callenbach, creator of Ecotopia"-Los Angeles times --Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times
"A classic of earth consciousness."--Denis Hayes, Earth Day.
Ecotopia was founded when northern California, Oregon, and Washington seceded from the Union to create a "stable-state" ecosystem: the perfect balance between human beings and the environment. Now, twenty years later, the isolated, mysterious Ecotopia welcomes its first officially sanctioned American visitor: New York Times-Post reporter Will Weston. Like a modern Gulliver, the skeptical Weston is by turns impressed, horrified, and overwhelmed by Ecotopia's strange practices: employee ownership of farms and businesses, the twenty-hour work week, the fanatical elimination of pollution, "mini-cities" that defeat overcrowding, devotion to trees bordering on worship, a woman-dominated government, and bloody, ritual war games. Bombarded by innovative, unsettling ideas, set afire by a relationship with a sexually forthright Ecotopian woman, Weston's conflict of values intensifies-and leads to a startling climax.
"None of the happy conditions in Ecotopisa are beyond the technical or resource reach of our society."--Ralph Nader --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Everyone needs to read or re-read this book!
If you want to explore the consequences of ideas and values, you will find Ecotopia a useful place to think about the world as it is and the world as it could be.
I won't say the book changed my opinions-I'm too hard-headed for that, although time has mellowed(?)
For those who read this book, I should warn you:
First, you must recognize the era the book was written in. Read more
First read this nearly 30 years ago - I borrowed a copy from a friend and skimmed through it - I always wanted to reread it more thoroughly, but I sort of forgot about it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Long John
A classic book that tells of a society that could be. So good that I read it once per year!Published 2 months ago by Kenneth Pick
Things, like the internet, changing alliances, the militarization of the U.S. and strength of the unitary executive, drones, much more sophisticated intelligence gathering. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Crhistopher Appolinaris
I loved this book when it first came out. On a whim I reread it and discovered how much I wish this was more than fiction. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Torri Cable
Ecotopia's ideas envisioned the West Coast early on from cooperative work teams, feminist leaders and legalizing marijuana. Look around...Ecotopia is now!Published 7 months ago by mike beanan