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Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto Hardcover – October 15, 2009
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Brand, co-author of the seminal 1969 Whole Earth Catalog, compiles reflections and lessons learned from more than 40 years as an environmentalist in this clumsy yet compelling attempt to inspire practicable solutions to climate change. Brand haphazardly organizes his manifesto into chapters that address environmental stewardship opportunities, exhorting environmentalists to become fearless about following science; his iconoclastic proposals include transitioning to nuclear energy and ecosystem engineering. Brand believes environmentalists must embrace nuclear energy expansion and other inevitable technological advances, and refreshingly suggests a shift in the environmentalists' dogmatic approach to combating climate change. Rejecting the inflexible message so common in the Green movement, he describes a process of reasonable debate and experimentation. Brand's fresh perspective, approachable writing style and manifest wisdom ultimately convince the reader that the future is not an abyss to be feared but an opportunity for innovative problem solvers to embrace enthusiastically. (Oct.)
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'Now the new style of environmentalism has a worthy prophet, Stewart Brand, and a bible, Whole Earth Discipline.' Financial Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you have an interest in environmental issues I strongly encourage you to try this book. Brand applies fresh thinking and suggests practical solutions to our problems. He rejects the inflexible message so common in the Green movement. Some of what he suggested surprised me:
Nuclear Energy is essential
Genetic engineering of our crops helps the soil and our diet
Global Urbanization helps the enviroment
He argues that we can't let ideology and sentimentality get in the way of what can be learned from science.
The book is a pleasure to read and is certain to make you question some of your beliefs. His practical perspective made me finish the book more optimistic about the future than when I started.