April 23, 2010

Book review: Eaarth (Bill McKibben)

That’s not a misspelling in the title. According to author Bill McKibben, the conversation about climate change is over and has been for a while. In fact, we don’t even live on the same planet as when the conversation started, hence “Eaarth.”

McKibben proposes that we have already changed our planet so much that many changes are irreversible; others may take centuries to revert, and as a result, we need to start figuring out how to live on a planet that we created, one that is nothing like the one we had.

Eaarth pulls no punches and presents the author’s rationale for his argument that our planet is irrevocably changed along with his suggestions for survival and reversal of some of the effects of climate change. Fortunately, this isn’t a “doom and gloom” book; practical advice for positive change is presented, and many of the ideas are ones in which many of us are already engaged (e.g., shopping locally at farmers markets, urban farming, installing solar panels on both residential and commercial properties, etc.), we just need to make them the practice for the general population, preferably before there isn’t any other alternative.

From Times Books and available from you local, independent bookstore. (Shop local, shop independent, and tell ’em you saw it on Elephant Journal!) *NOTE: Bill McKibben will be in Boulder speaking about and signing copies of this book on April 27 courtesy of the Boulder Bookstore. For more information, click here.

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