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GARDEN PLANET: The Present Phase Change of The Human Species Paperback – February 16, 2005


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (February 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420823884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420823882
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,876,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author Wm. H. K¿tke is widely traveled and published. His most recent book, prior to Planet Garden, was the underground classic, The Final Empire: The Collapse of Civilization and the Seed of the Future.He has been a journalist, a radio script writer, a pamphleteer, a novelist, an essayist, and has had many articles published in periodicals.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. Armstrong on December 17, 2005
"The information presented here, contrarily, indicates that there will be a mass die-off. We are preparing the new culture that will flourish after that."

-William H. Kotke, GARDEN PLANET

There is a growing school of thought that projects a catastrophic socio-economic collapse in this century. The timeline varies from one commentator to the next, but the scenarios are much the same: the inhabitants of the earth will suffer through a difficult period of population recession when the real cost of poor resource management comes due on the planet. Once considered heresy, now trickling into the main stream, this projection follows closely with the 100-year extrapolation of the Club of Rome's no-change-in-the-way-we-live curve that some call "the die-off." It is also directly connected to peaking petroleum reserves, global warming, the collapse of the ocean fisheries, and worldwide pandemic potentials. As Mr. Kotke might say, it marks the end of empire. Garden Planet is a short, concise blueprint for restoring Earth's natural garden paradise after the crash.

For those who believe that business as usual on planet Earth is sustainable, Mr. Kotke opens Garden Planet with his argument for the likelihood of a severe economic roll-back in the not so distant future. He goes through the case piece by piece, pollution, over-population, loss of topsoil, aquifer depletion, and the fallacy of unlimited growth in a closed system. To put it as simply as possible, we can't continue to consume Earth's natural resources as if there were no tomorrow-or there won't be!

So what's the answer? We learn to garden the planet instead of steadily desecrating it. This is precisely what Kotke offers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Gripp on May 5, 2008
If you're curious about how humans might live after civilization's Great Crash, this bok will offer you a hint or two. We'll be local again, not global, and permaculture will be central to how we provide for ourselves. I'd have to say that I agree with the author's assesment of our current situation (dysfunctional, unsustainable) and the likely course of our devolution/evolution. It's not the author's assessment that's at fault, it's his presentation, which is oracular. Oracles don't neeed to engage their audience or support propositions. Oracles dispense Truth in whatever way they please, as does this book. The three stars I give the book splits the difference between five stars for importance of subject matter and one star for writing style and narrative voice. Mercifully, it's a quick, easy read. If you're familiar with the material the author presents here, you won't find many nuggets to add to your store. If these are new ideas to you, I doubt this author will persuade you of the human plight. I wanted to like this book but instead found it annoying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Washington on September 14, 2007
This is an incredibly practical and prophetic book. Everything Bill Kotke writes seems to come true. This is an easily accessible and succinct breakdown of the essence of Bill's earlier book, "The Final Empire". If you are looking for documentation and source material, get the "Final Empire", but for the essence, this book is great. This book is indigenous and inspiring in the sense that it offers practical earth friendly strategies that affirm the possibility that man is part OF nature, not apart FROM it. Such a realization is necessary for the human being to continue to be a vital participant in life in the future.

This book is direct and to the point. It is well written vital history based on well research facts and understanding. It is a vitally relevant, and hence empowering work while totally readable and accessible. Powerful medicine for all earthlings. Thanks Bill!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Kollars on June 27, 2010
I eagerly bought this book, mainly based on the "Product Description" (and also on what were at the time almost uniformly very positive user reviews and on the author's reputation). But I found the description was not accurate.

The book's complete lack of either footnotes or endnotes or bibliography prevents it from acting as what I expected to be a guide to "the best contemporary research". I found a whole lot of declarative sentences, but very little in the way of the reasoning I expected from "compelling argument". Although I expected plenty of evidence from "fact-based prediction", I found the distinction between fact and opinion to be so badly blurred that it was hard to accept anything at all.

And the concept of "self-sufficient eco-villages" that interested me very much turned out to be difficult to locate in the text. And even such a basic question as 'with this way of life, just how many people can the earth really support?' isn't covered.

The text is quite short. But rather than capitalizing on this as though it were an advantage, the book tries to hide it: a very large type font, extra leading (white space) between every line, and even more white space between paragraphs. It looks more like something I'd do myself in WinWord than typical book typesetting.

What actions one might possibly take are described only in frustratingly general terms. All specifics are referred to other books and articles. For example: "Now we can look at alternative shelter construction. ... Those who will live in the house will design the house and participate in the building of it. The house will become part of the landscape and part of the design surrounding it. ... Straw bale is another recently popular wall building material. ...
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