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The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises Paperback – September 1, 2010
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"It's not only a good read, it's a brain-enhancing tool that can be utilized to replace fear and inertia with connectedness and purpose, and when the brain is connected with the heart, it can do anything." --Juliane Poirier - Metroactive
The Post Carbon Reader merits attention for many reasons. This book is a place for concerned citizens and professionals in many fields to begin exploring options for this next stage in humanity's evolution. --Hazel Henderson, Ethical Market Media
The book's overall message is close to apocalyptic, but the quality of the thinking ratchets it up a notch.
The Reader is worth reading and pondering, especially if you can't keep up with all the books on these topics. --PLANNING Magazine
"A must-read for anyone who cares about how peak oil and climate change affect us all."--Transition Voice
"Unlike other books that may be easily filed under 'Gloom and Doom,' authors . . . made sure to explore positive paths laden with solution examples."--Green Flow
"This clearly understandable work is a good sustainable development resource, useful for environmental policy collections."--Choice
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"The one thing certain about the 21st century is that it will be an era filled with colossal changes: shifting ecosystems, a billion more humans on the planet, at least 2 degrees of climate change, and the displacement of tens if not hundreds of millions of people during that period. The Post Carbon Reader offers an important overview of these changes and a plethora of ideas of how we can cope with them: from strengthening community colleges and planning resilient towns to relocalizing agriculture and creating your own personal preparation strategy (never a bad idea). With many leading sustainability thinkers peppering the pages of this tome and providing many valuable insights, The Post Carbon Reader is definitely worth the read."--Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute and Project Director of State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism To Sustainability
"This is one of the best readers that I have seen in my 48 years as a university professor. The articles were well-written, up to date, and contained some extremely valuable information. I suggested to the students that they keep the book for future reference, instead of selling it back to the bookstore at the end of the semester. I plan to use it again next year when I teach Environmental Sociology."--Al Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska
"I use various portions of The Post Carbon Reader in all my classes, and I reference it in my public presentations. I also note to all my undergrads doing senior projects, and graduate and doctoral students, that they need to read The Post Carbon Reader"-- Bob Scarfo, Associate Professor, Washington State University, Spokane
"I used quite a few chapters from The Post Carbon Reader. I very much appreciate its forward-thinking orientation as students in Environmental Studies classes too often get overwhelmed with all the facts about how we've messed up the environment. The Reader allows students to see that there are visionary thinkers trying not only to construct blueprints of what a post-carbon society might look like, but also the roadmaps for how to get there. I'll definitely use it again."-- Stephen Zavestoski, Associate Professor, Sociology and Environmental Studies, University of San Francisco
"A terrific collection of essays. Definitely on my 'highly recommended' book list."-- Karen Litfin, Department of Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle
"I've used the book with students, as it's simply the best single-volume reader that offers both background and cutting-edge thinking about issues that are crucial to the future of civilization."-- Eric Zencey, Visiting Associate Professor of Historical and Political Studies at SUNY Empire State College
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Top Customer Reviews
There are many excellent pieces in this work. Thought-provoking and penetrating in scope, the authors look at population growth, food, water, sustainability, ecological economics, peak oil and a variety of other related subjects. I highly recommend this work as THE definitive primer for those who really want to understand where we are and how we might do something positive about it.
David K. Banner, PhD
PhD Mentor in Leadership and Organizational Change
Thoughtful people need to read this book. And those who don't read it need to get the messages that are in the book now, because learning them through the school of hard knocks is going to be tough, to say the least. Lots of books show how our petroleum - soaked way of life is ending, but this book goes way beyond one or two aspects of the problem - it successfully characterizes the myriad interrelated components of the system that has brought us to our current precarious position. While we can't avoid the coming powerdown, we can at least try to mitigate it. What we do now and in the next few years can make a big difference to our grandchildren. This book helps one understand the problem and it clearly points out the directions in which we need to be headed.
Climate change and fossil fuel depletion mean that just about all the critical systems we rely upon, particularly in industrialised nations, are going to change. It's imperative in order to control CO2 emissions and inevitable because of peak oil. This book does a really good job of looking at all the key areas and exploring what that future might look like and the paths we might take.
Although the authors are predominantly american, the book feels very applicable to the UK and Europe generally.
In a few years, this'll become one of the best-thumbed reference volumes I've got on my shelf.
When I grew up in the Windy City in the seventies and eighties, the University of Chicago had the reputation as a school for grinds. After high school, I did not go there, but opted instead for a liberal arts college in a Southern state that offered what I felt was a superior book-to-beer balance.
I had a childhood friend who did go to the U of C though. She had always been a bit of a free spirit, with straight blond hair down to her waist and an obsession with animals of all sorts. I could never figure out how such a gentle soul wound up at such a high-pressure, bookish school. But there it was.
One year, I came home on break and paid her a visit. It was a midweek evening in her dorm room, with half a dozen of her friends. Conversation turned to the loads of homework each student had due that week. Each undergrad claimed to have to read three or four Great Books by morning. And we're not talking about one dialogue by Plato or a play by Moliere. No, each student had a pile of four- to eight-hundred page tomes due for discussion in class the next day: Ulysses, the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas, The Critique of Pure Reason. Rather than quaking in sheer panic, I noticed that these Chicago grinds had all developed a kind of battlefront nonchalance. Maybe even a bit of a macho swagger. Sure, they'd skim the books. They'd be up all night doing it. But it was no big deal. They could catch up on sleep over the weekend.
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The Post Carbon Reader feels like a Chicago book. I know that it's really a West Coast production, with its eponymous institute located north of the San Francisco Bay area.Read more ›
The book is split up into sections, each written by highly qualified members of the Post Carbon Institute. My only regret is that politicians will either be too busy or too set in their ways to take the books conclusion on board and act upon them.
All in all a well researched book and very frightening.
PS Richard Heinburg (one of the authors) will be visiting Australia next month to lecture on the topic of his book "The end of Growth"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used as a textbook for a few of my courses in my undergrad. Great book, easy to read and digest as well as being super informative and interesting!Published 9 months ago by hwks
It is a few years old now but this book gives you a good idea of the state of sustainability and what you can do to ensure we live sustainably.Published 16 months ago by Ross
This book is a group of essays by leaders in many aspects of living in a world in transition from an era of plentiful cheap fossil-fuel energy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Andrew Wilson
Interesting book, had to buy it for a class. A bit dry at some points and can get a bit preachy I felt.Published 22 months ago by Christopher
Provides a good foundation of what is currently wrong, what needs to change, and how one can personally go about taking steps to help fix the problems.Published on March 2, 2014 by Thomas
This collection of essays, on a wide variety of individual environmental topics, is the best single source I have found so far. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If our younger generation are to be able to have a hope of dealing with the mess they are about to inheret they had better be well prepared, this book is the best primer on the... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by norm
Not the greatest book I've ever read for class. Mainly essays all about the environment and how we can help it.Published on May 9, 2013 by Jennie He