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The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises Paperback – September 1, 2010
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"The Post Carbon Reader is an invaluable primer, resource and textbook. This is what you need to know, period." Lester R. Brown, Pres. Earth Policy Institute, author Plan B 4.0 --Earth Policy Institute/Lester Brown
"It's not only a good read, it's a brain-enhancing tool that can be utilized to replace fear and inertia with connectedness and purpose, and when the brain is connected with the heart, it can do anything." --Juliane Poirier - Metroactive
The Post Carbon Reader merits attention for many reasons. This book is a place for concerned citizens and professionals in many fields to begin exploring options for this next stage in humanity's evolution. --Hazel Henderson, Ethical Market Media
The book's overall message is close to apocalyptic, but the quality of the thinking ratchets it up a notch.
The Reader is worth reading and pondering, especially if you can't keep up with all the books on these topics. --PLANNING Magazine
"A must-read for anyone who cares about how peak oil and climate change affect us all."--Transition Voice
"Unlike other books that may be easily filed under 'Gloom and Doom,' authors . . . made sure to explore positive paths laden with solution examples."--Green Flow
"This clearly understandable work is a good sustainable development resource, useful for environmental policy collections."--Choice
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"For a comprehensive, integrated overview of the relationship between the human species and its planetary home circa 2010, look no further. The Post Carbon Reader is an invaluable primer, resource, and textbook. This is what you need to know--period."--Lester R. Brown, President of Earth Policy Institute and author of Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
"The one thing certain about the 21st century is that it will be an era filled with colossal changes: shifting ecosystems, a billion more humans on the planet, at least 2 degrees of climate change, and the displacement of tens if not hundreds of millions of people during that period. The Post Carbon Reader offers an important overview of these changes and a plethora of ideas of how we can cope with them: from strengthening community colleges and planning resilient towns to relocalizing agriculture and creating your own personal preparation strategy (never a bad idea). With many leading sustainability thinkers peppering the pages of this tome and providing many valuable insights, The Post Carbon Reader is definitely worth the read."--Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute and Project Director of State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism To Sustainability
"This is one of the best readers that I have seen in my 48 years as a university professor. The articles were well-written, up to date, and contained some extremely valuable information. I suggested to the students that they keep the book for future reference, instead of selling it back to the bookstore at the end of the semester. I plan to use it again next year when I teach Environmental Sociology."--Al Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska
"I use various portions of The Post Carbon Reader in all my classes, and I reference it in my public presentations. I also note to all my undergrads doing senior projects, and graduate and doctoral students, that they need to read The Post Carbon Reader"-- Bob Scarfo, Associate Professor, Washington State University, Spokane
"I used quite a few chapters from The Post Carbon Reader. I very much appreciate its forward-thinking orientation as students in Environmental Studies classes too often get overwhelmed with all the facts about how we've messed up the environment. The Reader allows students to see that there are visionary thinkers trying not only to construct blueprints of what a post-carbon society might look like, but also the roadmaps for how to get there. I'll definitely use it again."-- Stephen Zavestoski, Associate Professor, Sociology and Environmental Studies, University of San Francisco
"A terrific collection of essays. Definitely on my 'highly recommended' book list."-- Karen Litfin, Department of Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle
"I've used the book with students, as it's simply the best single-volume reader that offers both background and cutting-edge thinking about issues that are crucial to the future of civilization."-- Eric Zencey, Visiting Associate Professor of Historical and Political Studies at SUNY Empire State College
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The book is split up into sections, each written by highly qualified members of the Post Carbon Institute. My only regret is that politicians will either be too busy or too set in their ways to take the books conclusion on board and act upon them.
All in all a well researched book and very frightening.
PS Richard Heinburg (one of the authors) will be visiting Australia next month to lecture on the topic of his book "The end of Growth"
This is a "must read," an almost undenyable critique of the plight world civilization finds itself in.
Thoughtful people need to read this book. And those who don't read it need to get the messages that are in the book now, because learning them through the school of hard knocks is going to be tough, to say the least. Lots of books show how our petroleum - soaked way of life is ending, but this book goes way beyond one or two aspects of the problem - it successfully characterizes the myriad interrelated components of the system that has brought us to our current precarious position. While we can't avoid the coming powerdown, we can at least try to mitigate it. What we do now and in the next few years can make a big difference to our grandchildren. This book helps one understand the problem and it clearly points out the directions in which we need to be headed.