Our Last, Best Hope for A Future on Earth?

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"A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future. The author traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were the probably the most important questions on Earth-and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth? Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316097758
Branch Call Number: 304.2 We
Description: xii, 513 pages ; 25 cm


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What will happen on the warming earth if our population continues to grow? Weisman delineates how education, women’s equality, and family planning can curb poverty, thirst, hunger, and environmental destruction.

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Dec 11, 2015

This is a smart, clever, and well researched book that I did not finish. I think if you are unaware and convinced of the magnitude of the problems facing the human race in the 21st century, then you should read this. on the other hand, if you are still unaware, then that is probably intentional on your part and you won't be convinced anyway.
I wonder why people still write these books. We need books one real solutions. But I'm not finding those books, so I guess these book s will have to do.

Aug 22, 2014

Though I agree with the premise of our need to reduce the human population in a controlled way before a catastrophe I did not like the way the book was not completely annotated. When a sweeping statement is made with no note do I consider it the author's hyperbole? Anyways the book is well written and asks some difficult questions. Worth reading for everybody.

Mar 31, 2014

Really enjoying it so far. I've made it to part four and have enjoyed going around the world, getting perspectives and voices from a lot of different countries and continents.

Feb 14, 2014

A book on the most important issue of our time. Easy to read, eloquently written. You will appreciate the stories told within each chapter.


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