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The Sustainability Generation: The Politics of Change and Why Personal Accountability is Essential NOW! Paperback – October 9, 2012
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- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1590792335
- ISBN-13 : 978-1590792339
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Publisher : SelectBooks; First edition (October 9, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,894,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a "Boomer", I found this book to be a call to arms for taking responsibility for what we are and what we should be doing to insure a reasonable future for our children and their children. It helps the reader see that working for a sustainable future will not be a negative time of penance and giving up, but that it can be a different mixture of opportunities and rewards that can be even more fulfilling than those we currently follow. Mark's book helps us imagine that sustainability will not be the cause of economic ruin in the future but instead it can offer us significant economic opportunities and growth.
I now have a book that I can recommend to an individual who says that they would like to learn more about the concepts or possibilities related to sustainability and the future. My only concern is that I kept hearing a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. ringing in my head..."History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." This book can give intelligent voice to those who realize it's time for everyone to take action and instead follow Gandhi's advice and..."become the change we wish to see".
It is a strange thing, but this book made me reflect on a surprisingly broad group of issues. I thought about how historically lucky was our generation until now. Oil crises apart, we minimized wars, we increased our overall wealth and we have a fairly good life expectancy. Life for Western world was more like a deterministic procedure rather than a struggle against nature and chance. Recurring and devastating disasters were mere chapters of history books. Business as usual, life as usual. Until we understood that somehow, the party is about to end, abruptly and in tears. And all of the sudden, we have a spoilt generation which has to deal with the future of the planet. What a Herculean challenge!! A deeply self-centered society (Who can forget Jean Paul Sartre's saying "My hell is others") in need to act as a perfectly tuned group. On the way towards rescuing the planet, there are no "others", there are no alibis: The buck stops to each one of us. Sustainable development is the one-way road which we have to build by our very hands. I am not very optimistic about the actual result. The load is heavy but the alternatives are absent.
Mark Coleman's book helps us achieve two colossal targets:
1 Raise our responsibility awareness, not only to some indefinite future time, but right now. Our affluent society is in danger.
2 Eliminate what I call "Environmental Illiteracy" of our generation.
An essential reading which gives you an insightful, multi-level perspective on sustainability.