- Series: Plan B
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Substantially Revised edition (October 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393337197
- ISBN-13: 978-0393337198
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
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About the Author
Lester R. Brown is the founder of the Earth Policy and Worldwatch Institutes. He has been honored with numerous prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the United Nations Environment Prize, and twenty-five honorary degrees. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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ps. last preach to the choir: Regenerative, or Conservation-based Economics is not an ideal, it is the only way out of the mess we're in... Regenerate the soil, water, bees, trees, healthy food and healthy people... Advocate and Activate Local, Integrated Farming Systems. truce and good luck to all, j.m.
Despite that, Brown more than redeems himself with his proposed solutions to today's environmental problems. You won't find any far-fetched, "Scientific American"-type fixes here (mirrors in space, etc.); "Plan B 4.0" offers practical solutions the governments of the world could easily begin today, if they choose to do so. Methods range from the incredibly simple (planting lots and lots of trees) to the very innovative -- but still simple, really (urban agriculture, composting toilets).
Probably my favorite thing about "Plan B" is that it dispels the myth that environmentalists are misanthropes, especially in regard to population control. Population control is not about "letting people die" of disease or hunger (or both). If that were the case, overpopulation would not be a problem. (The richest countries in the world have the most stable birth rates. The highest birth rates in the world are in the sickest, hungriest nations.) Brown's misanthropic, evil scheme to control population growth involves schools (as girls who go to school wait to have children when they're older), clinics (because, with vaccinations available, 3rd world women don't feel the need to have many children in the event that they don't all grow to adulthood), condoms (as [oh the irony!] the best way to prevent overpopulation is also the best way to prevent AIDS), and plans to end poverty and hunger and support failing states.
Read "Plan B 4.0." Don't worry -- civilization is not about to collapse. BUT it may suffer some serious blows in coming years if world leaders don't begin to implement these (so very simple) solutions to an environmental crisis that is a real concern.