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5.0 out of 5 stars How to ride the elephant, July 24, 2011
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This review is from: The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World (Hardcover)
A must read for anyone who rocks with reality. If you are one of those people who changes the subject and looks the other way when the elephant walks in the room this is not for you. Unless of course you think it's time to get over it, brush away the cobwebs and look the kids in the eye. Gilding tells us we are in a place in time like 1930s Europe and we are faced with similar decisions and indecisions. But this time the stakes are far higher - not who runs civilization but whether it survives at all. He astutely describes the dynamics of denial that suck most of us back into a sense that the years to come can be pretty much like those just past. However, he argues, a great disruption in our way of living is upon us NOW and the sooner we face it and mobilize as for a great war the better our chances of pulling through.

So is this a doom and gloom story? Not as it comes from Gilding. It will be hard for critics to throw him in with Cassandras like Roberto Vacca who some thirty years ago wrote "The Coming Dark Age": head for the hills, hunker down, make monastries. Gilding sounds more like historian Stavrianos, who responded to systems analyst Vacca with optomism in "The Promise of the Coming Dark Age". A rapid renaissance and a better life awaits beyond shopping and fossil fuel gluttony.

Unlike Stavrianos Gilding is not an academic but an accomplished everyman who is well plugged in from the grass roots to the Masters of the corporate Universe. Get it, read it, challenge it, but digest it and ACT. We have the choice to be conscious (or not) during what just might be one of the most interesting moments ever to be alive. "The Great Disruption" is not another book, it's an invitation to tune in.
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