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Climate--A New Story Paperback – September 18, 2018
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—David Abram, cultural ecologist, geophilosopher, and author of Becoming Animaland The Spell of the Sensuous
“There is nothing ‘safe’ in these writings; almost every chapter courts controversy. We as readers are the beneficiaries of this bravery. This is a message that must be heard loud and clear as we chart a path toward social and ecological renewal.”
—Helena Norberg-Hodge, author and filmmaker of Ancient Futures and The Economics of Happiness
“This is a groundbreaking book. Eisenstein makes an inspiring, positive, and convincing case for a full and proper understanding of the present human predicament—a radical shift from a utilitarian worldview to an integral world view rooted in a sense of the sacred which recognizes the intrinsic value of nature and life.”
—Satish Kumar, founder of Schumacher College and editor emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist
“This book is brave enough, vulnerable enough, insightful enough to activate a truth buried deep within all of our hearts: that the planetary crisis we face today can only be transformed by a revolution of love. It calls each of us to break with our patterns of war thinking and realize our interconnectedness with all life on Earth.”
—Jodie Evans, cofounder of Code Pink
“A clarion call to reconnect through love with our living Earth. Eisenstein offers a deeply analyzed and compelling case to collectively move past divisive reductionism, betwixt false Prophets of doom and false Profits of denial, towards a revitalization of reverential relations.”
—Brock Dolman, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, permaculture program, and WATER Institute director
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- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1623172480
- Product Dimensions : 6.02 x 0.74 x 8.91 inches
- ISBN-10 : 1623172489
- Publisher : North Atlantic Books (September 18, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But then his solution is that we must somehow regain this involvement with the natural world as a global movement of Interbeing that has everyone realign all of their priorities away from power, growth, competition and toward those valuing the health of the ecosystem as a whole. Then we will make good decisions. To his credit he seems to understand that this involves huge changes to most people's lives.
But, the book ultimately is utterly naive in imagining that this can actually happen given the immediacy of the environmental crisis, the current geopolitical state of the world, the historical evidence of human tribalism, and the terribly short time span in which things must change.
While the book wants to present a hopeful and positive attitude and solution, it actually further proves the inevitability and severity of the coming disaster.
A more holistic approach.
Most ecologists recognize the soundness of the arguments presented, and Eisenstein has not been remiss with his citations, nor in his explanations for why the focus has been and continues to be on carbon. But ecosystems and the biosphere as a whole are very complex systems and the body of the earth responds in ways we can’t always predict.
Carbon is much too limited a focus, one simply cannot discuss atmospheric carbon without thinking about the water cycle, the two are inexorably linked, nor can one address issues with the “non-living”, abiotic environment (i.e. atmosphere, sea, etc.) without recognizing interaction with, and dependence on, the biota. The two are interdependent.
Just like humans and environment, biotic and abiotic.
Eisenstein explains the science clearly, and “correctly”, at least as correctly as “science” understands it. His uncertainty and exhaustive review of many perspectives is refreshing. He suggests that climate is not our most dire problem; the relationship we have with the earth, and with each other, is.
That’s where the love story comes in.
Earth as thing, as inanimate, cannot be killed. It can be looked upon as a mass of resources, something for our use, without needs of its own, non-responsive. Clearly, the earth is responding. Climate change is one of many responses.
Eisenstein asks us to listen, to turn off the noise, to look at the beauty, to feel the grief, and to listen. The earth is trying to tell us something.
Counting carbons is not enough.
For anyone concerned about climate, environment, earth, and humanity, I highly recommend this book.
L. Brooke Stabler, Ph.D.
This is also a fascinating read for anyone who is interested in better ways to engage "climate deniers." Eisenstein offers a perspective that transcends arguments about climate science, and even the focus on warming and greenhouse gas emissions as the primary issue to be grappled with. He contends that our love for Life in all its forms is the only power that can carry us towards a future worth living into. This spiritual stance takes us out of the realm of cost benefit analysis and debates regarding the value of one kind of activism or another. At the same time, it leads us to precisely the kinds of regenerative work that more traditional climate activists agree are essential, such as an end to deforestation and wetlands destruction, the rebuilding of soils so that they sequester carbon, etc.
Whether one agrees with Eisenstein's critique of the mainstream's focus on technological and greenhouse gas emissions focused solutions to the climate crisis or not, I think it is essential that we answer his challenges. Otherwise, we run a terrible risk of exacerbating many of the worst aspects of our current system, such as the use of centralized and linear "command and control" strategies that are incapable of grappling with deeply complex, nonlinear systems dynamics. The unintended consequences of such an effort could be every bit as dire as the global warming threat we seek to combat. Indeed, Eisenstein suggests that the very notion that "we" (the climate saviors) are in a battle against "them" (the deniers, the polluters, the conspiracy theorists, the con-men profiting off of ecocide) embeds us in the Story of Separation. Without a fundamental grounding in love and compassion, even for our "opponents," he suggests that we are doomed to fail. If, on the other hand, we change the Story, seeing that the way we treat anyone and anything affects everything else, Eisenstein offers us hope that what now seems unlikely or even impossible might suddenly become natural and ubiquitous.