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The Age of Consequences: A Chronicle of Concern and Hope Hardcover – January 13, 2015
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" White strikes a refreshing tone that will resonate with readers turned off by the superior or condescending attitudes of some environmentalist writers. Throughout, he balances abstract questions and ideas with tangible life experiences. readers will be engaged by his frank and thoughtful discussion of our modern environment." Kirkus
"White’s considerable insight emphasizes the need to save a diminished world” before the point of no return." Publishers Weekly
" a series of deeply personal essays that cogently examine pertinent issues from both grassroots and global perspectives. With a tone that is predominantly upbeat yet tempered by the intensely personal concerns of a parent, White offers specific examples of beneficial strategies that can mitigate present conditions and secure future successes." Booklist
About the Author
Wendell Berry is the author of over fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He lives with his wife in Kentucky.
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This book's strength is in the authors writing skill. He can effortlessly lead a reader from personal reveries and family memories into the deeper currents of regret and anger at the shape of the world his children will be living in. Still, he doesn't let this darkness blur his vision of what is possible in returning life to even badly degraded ecosystems. He is well experienced with the most difficult work of building trust and agreement between hardened adversaries, and has scars to prove it. What makes his stories compelling is the success he has had by stubbornly looking for truth and convincing others that it can work for everyone involved.
The only criticism I will make is the same that I make for many such books. Taking into account the huge array of ecological disasters in motion, plus the barely guessed at impact of climate change, it's irresponsible to use the word 'hope'. It has no more promise than the word 'salvation' at a tent revival. We have created our fate, and it is inescapable. Good people will follow their nature and work to save what they can, but it will not be much.
If you're in a hurry and want to get to the pith of what White has to say, go directly to chapter twenty ("Conservation in the Age of Consequences") and chapter twenty-five ("The Fifth Wave"). But this book is best taken chapter by chapter, page by page, Enjoy the ride as Courtney takes you along on his travels near and far, meeting individuals and families and organizations on their home grounds where human ingenuity, determination, knowledge, and cooperation have begun the work of healing and regeneration that needs to happen.
Near the book's end, Courtney writes, "Our health and wealth depends on what we choose to eat, how we produce our energy, where our water comes from, and who benefits from sustainable practices--and each has its roots in the land." This is an invitation to each of us to personally engage--in ways of our own choosing--in the effort to make resilient our home places. It's an invitation this book made easy to accept.
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