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About the Author

Tom Butler is the editorial projects director of the Foundation for Deep Ecology and the president of the Northeast Wilderness Trust. A conservationist and writer, his books include Wildlands Philanthropy, Plundering Appalachia, Keeping the Wild, and Energy: Over-Development and the Delusion of Endless Growth.

Musimbi Kanyoro is a Kenyan human rights advocate. She has been the CEO and President of the Global Fund for Women since August 2011.

William N. Ryerson is founder and president of Population Media Center and also serves as Chair and CEO of The Population Institute in Washington, DC. He has a 40-year history of working in the field of reproductive health, including two decades of experience adapting the Sabido methodology of social change communications to various cultural settings worldwide. He lives in Shelburne, VT.

Eileen Crist teaches in the Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech, where she is advisor for the undergraduate program, Humanities, Science, and Environment. A leading thinker about the relationship between humans and nature, she is author of Images of Animals: Anthropomorphism and Animal Mind and coeditor of Gaia in Turmoil and Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation. She lives in Blacksburg, VA.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Goff Books (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939621232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939621238
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 12.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Over Development Over Population Over Shoot” edited by Tom Butler is one fantastic, but terrifying book.

But first a word on the physical book itself. The book weighs in at 6.8 pounds. It is 13.5 inches by 12.5 inches by 1.3 inches. It has 330 pages. There are less than 10 pages full of text. Nearly ever page is an edge to edge image of unimaginable excellence. The book is printed and distributed by
Goff Books. It is copyrighted by The Foundation for Deep Ecology. Both The Population Media Center and The Population Institute have their name on the cover. In the world of beautiful books, this is a very, very beautiful book. It was printed in China on paper from “sustainability managed forests.” Amazon sells it for under $40. Most art books of this quality go for well over $100.

The introduction, by Musimbi Kanyono and the Afterword by Eileen Crist are wonderful essays on the dangers of continuing on our path of overpopulating the Earth to unsustainable levels, both for us and for the rest of the ecological net that we are destroying. Their cry is for us to decrease our human population to less than 2 billion by birth control through, not coercion, but education of everyone, but especially the women and girls. Much is made of the patriarchal, military, fundamentalists, capitalistic, self centered ways of modern man driving the destructive forces.

The Parable of “Lord Man” has two endings. It begins with the lush Earth, continues with the onset of man living in accord with the Old Religions that taught of living with the Earth as a member of the society of animals, plants, soils and rocks. Then the parable has two endings.
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This book is huge, and too heavy. And it has far too many unpleasant images in it, and the texts accompanying the pictures aren't much fun either. It would be nice just to look at it online (for a while), and then go look at some other stuff, like maybe the set list of a recent Dylan concert… But the best - worst - reason this book needs to be this ponderous is that the actual social, natural, political, and cultural conditions we're really just now beginning to experience, in the century's second decade, are only the first act of an very seriously apocalyptic transformation. So far, we're OK denying that it's global - sure Sao Paolo has water problems, as does California; the poles are clearly melting, as is the permafrost, but maybe that'll stop, or something? And besides, there's all that oil that we, and the Russians, can get at… Well, this book demonstrates - over and over - that we're steadily destroying our planet, and that we need to recognize what we're doing.

This may be the single most important book published since the 21st century began. Not kidding. This book is about reality, and it's not about anything else, much.
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A truly amazing book. I just got this. I follow global environmental matters for a living and see a lot of pictures but these are truly impressive. Today, the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch is now larger than the entire continental US. I could go on but I would recommend that you simply go buy the book. If you want to preview it, there is for a limited time a free version on their web site. You can find this by doing a web search for the title of the book. In years of reviewing books on Amazon, this is the first time I have given a five star rating.
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A really outstanding visual of the problems we face today. Well thought out and certainly demonstrates the adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words". Would highly recommend this book.
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Exponential increases in human numbers reaching past the seven billion figure has taken its toll on this global home. Even with the scientific advances in medicine, technology, food production which further enhance population growth, mother Earth is exhibiting the wear and tear of overpopulation and the ravaging of her resources. In this exemplary series of photo-essays, the ecologists present dramatically remarkable photographs in vivid color of how this massive human growth, resembling in some aspects a cancer, is devastating our ecosystem by poisoning the atmosphere, looting natural resources, destroying natural species, blighting agricultural lands, endangering water supplies, and dangerously densely crowding too many of our species too closely together for comfort. The message conveyed is that population numbers must be controlled through education and that our prevailing mantra of consumerism with its wastefulness demands revision. This is a critical message, the problem is that this magnificent production is packaged in an almost seven pound volume, whose size along with its weight makes it unmanageable. While the price of the volume is reasonable, the contents need to be assembled in a more user friendly design to encourage viewing and discussion.
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This book blew me away. Overpopulation and overshoot are such important topics today that are not getting discussed enough. I hope this book serves as a powerful reminder to everyone who sees it that we only have this one planet to live on and we better start taking better care of it!
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