Eaarth by Bill McKibben


“What I have to say about this book is very simple: Read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important.”

—Barbara Kingsolver,

author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Forget the old earth. It’s no more. Through our blundering, we’ve managed to create a new one. Let’s call it ‘Eaarth’. It looks like the old one,  but it’s hotter, drier in some spots (the spots that need water, such as rivers that no longer reach the sea), wetter in others (rising oceans, floods), more violent (hurricanes, wars).

Better get used to it, because that’s the future, and the future is here now. Not in our grandchildren’s time. Not in our children’s time. Ours. Now.

The first half of the book lays out the challenges. The second half lays out a solution. Throughout, McKibben promises lots of statistics, and he delivers. His solution to the challenge of having less oil? Think globally, act locally. Locally, get to know your growers, your energy producers, your representatives, your neighbours. Globally, get a different slant on the news, get involved (McKibben started 350.org–global, yes, but there may be a local event too.).

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