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Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? Paperback – February 15, 2015
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“As always, David Ray Griffin is meticulous in his research, startling in his conclusions, and thought-provoking in the way he frames issues. A brilliant addition to the literature on climate change and its terrible consequences!” -- THOM HARTMANN
About the Author
is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University (1973-2004); Co-Director, Center for Process Studies. He edited the SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought (1987-2004), which published 31 volumes. He has written 28 books, edited 13 books, and authored 248 articles and chapters.
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This book provides a clear and detailed overview of the latest scientific literature on human-caused climate disruption and its consequences around the world as well as an encyclopedic review of current clean energy technologies. It also looks at the politics of climate deniers and failure of the media and elected officials and others to tackle this unprecedented challenge.
The question that is the subtitle of this book: Can Civilization Survive the C02 crisis? does not have a predetermined answer. If we continue business as usual--if we continue to allow politicians to accept unlimited sums of money from the fossil fuel industry and if the media continues to pretend that we are not facing an unprecedented environmental crisis—then the answer is clearly No. But, as Griffin makes clear, that does not have to be the answer. From Griffin’s perspective, the future is open. It is also possible, assuming that we act now, that the answer is Yes, civilization can survive the CO2 crisis. Griffin’s last chapter is aptly titled “Mobilization” and in it he lays out the steps that could and should be taken by elected officials at the national, state, and local levels; religious leaders; business leaders; academics; military leaders; young people and others so that the answer to this question is Yes, civilization can survive the CO2 crisis. As others have noted before, the “climate crisis” is really a moral and a political crisis.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to understand the challenges that we face and what we can do about them.