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5.0 out of 5 stars "Science fiction" is rapidly becoming true, March 24, 2010
This review is from: Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (Hardcover)
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What would it be like to live on another planet? Like the proverbial frogs sitting in a pot of water slowly coming to a boil, we'll all eventually find out whether we want to or not.

Bill McKibben maintains that we NOW live on a very different planet, a planet that's rapidly becoming less and less like the one humans have inhabited for many thousands of years. And it's too late to turn our space ship around and go back "home." No, we have to wake up and start learning how to live on the planet as it is--not the one we still would like to imagine that we live on.

The first part of this book is bleak, and it needs to be. Too many of us are in complete denial about the condition of our planet and the mass extinctions now in process. So, who cares about how many species are going extinct? Anyone who understands that no man is an island. And that cold/wet weather we've had in 2010 that proves "there is no such thing as global warming"? That weather will only get more unpredictable and violent as time goes by--and, yes, it's due to global warming.

James Hanson and so many other scientists were right, except for the fact that they underestimated how quickly climate change would occur. It's not a matter of what you believe: Nobody is going to be able to sleep through the earth changes--and isolationism, a cache of arms, and a lot of hateful rhetoric is not going to feed anyone's family or keep them secure.

Skills are the new gold, and we need to return to the days when neighbors helped neighbors. We need to press our technologies into service to help us survive, but we also need to return to a Depression-era sense of frugality and saving for rainy days. There will likely be many more "rainy days" in the future than there were in the past. In the last half of the book, McKibben presents some projects that are already underway to help us and our progeny survive on this strange new world that he renames "Eaarth" because our old Earth is already dead. Each and every one of us needs to be thinking about how we can ameliorate harsher conditions, and we need to pick the brains of the old folks before they are gone so we don't have to completely reinvent a bunch of new wheels.

Me, I will be running mycelium, making biochar, permaculturing, keeping chickens, and growing/preserving a lot of our own food. I will be a denizen of the instructables web site and the dumpsters, and I will figure out as many ways as I can to work with Nature and not against her. I will try to help those who are near me who are suffering, and I will cultivate friends who are willing to help others as well. What will you do? A good start would be to read this book, especially if you think climate change is a hoax intended to deny you of your freedoms. I hope all who are blind will begin to see. Life is going to be hard enough with our eyes wide open.
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Initial post: May 31, 2010, 7:34:26 PM PDT
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Posted on Jan 9, 2011, 1:05:10 PM PST
Donna says:
Thank you for this great post. Beautifully said and inspiring.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011, 9:59:56 AM PST
Palladia says:
A good eye-opener would be either the book or the film, "The Road."

For those who think climate change is all "theory," in the misconstruction of thinking that means it's not real, take a good look at Australia's Queensland floods, Brazil's downpours and mudslides, the same thing happening in California. . . or consider the interesting increase in the extremes of weather events, accompanied by an increase in their frequency.

We take food for granted, but it wouldn't take too much of a shift to make agriculture as we know it impossible. And at that point, we're all in trouble.

Got a spare planet handy? No, I didn't think so.
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