Earth is irreparably broken, Bill McKibben argues. So now what?. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet is a book written by Bill McKibben, published by Henry Holt and Company in In the opening chapter. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert Storms of My Grandchildren by James Hansen Eaarth by Bill McKibben This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein Field .

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We’ve created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. Governments have ignored or underestimated the problems, and solutions reduce carbon levels to parts per million are incorrect by almost half they need to be … and we are already at A changing world costs large sums to defend–think of the money that wen Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen.

Wholesale attitude changes are required–merely to survive, let alone slow down–the rapid shifts in climate.

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben

In The Boston Globe called him “probably the nation’s leading environmentalist,” and Time magazine has called him “the world’s best green journalist. The End of Naturehis first book, was published in and was regarded as the first book on climate change for a general audience. Of all the toys of industrial civilization, this is the one we will probably keep, although it’s quite energy intensive and takes a lot of obscure metals.

Climate Change 7 6 Jul 23, Apr 19, Corrina rated it it was amazing.

Somewhere along the way, I stopped praying, I thought it was not working. A new planet needs a new name; hence Eaarth. James Hanson and so many other scientists were right, except for the fact that they underestimated how quickly climate earath would occur. I also appreciate that this book says point-blank what I think a lot of environmentalists are afraid to say: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet are both saying that it is no longer a threat.


This new eaarth is more hostile in many ways, irreversibly different But you know all this, that McKibben lays out in excruciating detail in the first half of the book where he establishes the fact that Earth already no longer exists. Hardcoverpages. I’m working on that eaatth. McKibben really lays it all out there about what we can expect in the future, and at this mckigben he makes the case that we are no longer living on our old, familiar planet, but a new one, Eaarth.

But, knowing something about the economics of Internet information, this seems naive. It’s not a matter of what you believe: Thus we need the people we elect to political offices to be crystal clear and take a stand about saving the planet—not just for future generations, but for right now. I follow this guy in periodicals and on Twitter. Dry areas are becoming drier, while wet regions are becoming wetter. Limiting growth in the developed world.

The path forward, McKibben argues, is to stop pegging our happiness on growth in the economy, getting used to living well with less, growing more if not all of our food and energy close to home and adopting a more Jeffersonian dispersed agrarian state- and kckibben rather than a Hamiltonian strong centralized federalism.

And together or not at all.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There is a way to ride out this storm–not the coming storm, but the storm that has, in so many ways, already arrived.

The demand for the better, simpler life. McKibben describes some noteworthy success stories along these lines, but some of his recommendations per the book’s subtitle are aimed more at coping with the consequences of global warming rather than reversing it.

His argument is that we now have to learn how to adapt. Oh yes, the red tide. The year after Mt. And that survival begins with words The changes are happening now. Google “Do the Math” In the book, he argues that attempting to deal with the problem by significant government action at a national level looks like a losing proposition, and he now believes that local action on a much more limited stage is what will most likely have the most benefit going forward.


McKibben is a good writer and an engaging teller of tales. Nope, he argues that the stuff that will happen in the hazy future is already beginning to happen TODAY. McKibben describes a dozen or so groups and organizations, from Vermont to Africa to Brazil, where people are crowning their own food, bartering, co-oping if that’s a word and conserving, creating, and minimizing energy use. Oct 05, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves: What will you do? Okay, better not to go out at noontime then.

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I’ve often wondered if to It was tough to rate this as two stars. Few years after the AIDS spread around the world. The one important point in the second half that Eaatrh agree with is his comments about the internet. He never really mentions a problem with capitalism itself.

Dealing with climate change, not to mention peak oil, soil erosion, deforestation, and the “environment” generally, means an end to economic growth. When showering you’ll crank the knob to 11, but the water will be warm. In fact, we have a very vocal minority who has maliciously created a a disinformation campaign so as to maintain their oil-based wealth. And McKibben even admits that highway construction and the space race both needed Mckibbwn centralized government.

And surprisingly he also has some very useful ideas and examples of how the Internet can be useful for the type of changes we need to make.