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The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World Paperback – January 31, 2012
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This part of the book could easily discuss many further examples of the causes and consequences of this process. Instead, it goes at length just to convince you simply that "this is true and will happen". Sadly, it shies away from what all this really means, which is what scares people so much, barely touching the facts that this collapse of economic growth means exactly 1. the logical failure of capitalism; and 2. that millions of people *will die* in this process. And soon.
So, in order to still be attractive to a large audience, the rest of the book leaves this discussion behind and becomes some sort of eco-self-help for middle-class and rich Americans (maybe also Australians, since that's where Gilding comes from). It centers on practical ways the reader should adopt in order to live in a more equal world, less demanding of nature and of consumption goods.Read more ›
I am currently using his concepts along with Dr. Stuart Hart's (Capitalism at the Crossroads) to engage a new generation of business students that must be the engine of change and deal with, "The Great Disruption". This is an excellent book to support learning and action, as it provides not only a forecast of the future, but ideas of how we must behave to succeed in the coming brave new world.
If everyone in Washington DC were to read this book and begin to behave in a way to address the challenges, but most importantly the opportunities that are created by the disruption, America could reinvent itself. Paul Gilding has provided a fine guidebook. Good work Mr. Gilding and Thank you. It is now up to us to quit fighting over the meaningless and move forward on the meaninful.
The Great Disruption is an well argued and optimistic view of how people will respond to climate change. Gilding regards the Allies response to WW2 as a good indicator of how we can rapidly transform our culture and economies with a "can do" approach to a crisis. This provides a welcome counter-view from the disempowerment and despair of much climate commentary.
Gilding's view is not just a rose-colored view of this crisis. He argues there will be decades of disruptive events and economic shocks to overcome, including coal becoming uncompetitive. The book provides a compelling overview of the climate science. He ably argues that climate change is no longer just about the environment but it's now about the impacts on the economy.
Drawing upon seminal work such as Small is Beautiful and Limits to Growth the book also contends that we have reached the limits of economic growth and that sort of growth is no longer a valid objective. Alternative measures are needed. Gilding, quite rightly, points out that an equitable society is a happier society and that material possessions do not, on their own, create a sense of happiness.
The book then moves into solutions. It takes nearly half the book to get here and readers will need some resilience to get through this. The solutions however, are encouraging and are based a "One Degree War" plan. There is a menu of innovative businesses and technologies that will change our economies.Read more ›
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Finally someone getting the word out in a way we can all relate to and that makes logical sense. Great call to action!Published 2 months ago by Janelle
Won't rehash the many other reviews. Suffice it to say it is a very readable, well-referenced treatment of the most critical issue that has ever faced humankind (and perhaps most... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James C. Riddle
The author does little to address the elephant in the climate change room. Overpopulation. Perhaps this is because he has 5 children and appears to have started a second family... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt Holbert
It is a superb book that should be read by anyone interested in the near future of our civilizationPublished 5 months ago by Jose B Pessoa-Filho
Everyone on Earth, especially in developed nations, should read this book.Published 9 months ago by David B.
Slightly dated but an excellent look at Climate change from a man who has been a business leader and a member of Greenpeace. Read morePublished 12 months ago by SimonB
Paul does an outstanding job of relating facts-as they were available to him at time of writing-about presently known climate changes. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert e. Lee jr.
By nature, I’m a doom n gloom kinda guy; just ask my friends. And Gilding’s book starts out that way; the picture he paints of the Earth’s near future isn’t a pretty one, not one... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steve Bivans
This is a great book! If you read only one book about climate change and what to expect - this is it!!Published 15 months ago by Kristin E. Adkins