'Being Green' is no longer enough. "Whole Earth Discipline" is Stewart Brand's wake up call for the environmental movement, and his message is hard-hitting: unless environmentalists keep up with new science, they will become part of the problem. It is an exhilarating piece of writing and bang-on zeitgeist. Three profound transformations are ...
'Being Green' is no longer enough. "Whole Earth Discipline" is Stewart Brand's wake up call for the environmental movement, and his message is hard-hitting: unless environmentalists keep up with new science, they will become part of the problem. It is an exhilarating piece of writing and bang-on zeitgeist. Three profound transformations are underway on Earth: climate change, urbanization and biotechnology. In response to these seismic changes - and challenges - Steward Brand argues that the environmental movement must reverse some long-held opinions, and embrace tools and disciplines that it has traditionally distrusted - such as science and engineering - in order to forestall the cataclysmic deterioration of the earth's resources. "Whole Earth Discipline" shatters a number of environmental myths, and presents radical, counterintuitive observations - cities are actually greener than the countryside, nuclear power is the future of energy, and genetic engineering is the key to crop and land management. With a combination of scientific rigor and blazing advocacy, Brand shows us exactly where the sources of our dilemmas lie and offers a bold and creative set of policies and solutions for producing a more sustainable society.
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I admire Stewart Brand because he has spent his life identifying and advocating important ideas. The first half of Brand?s Whole Earth Discipline is especially compelling. His writing is quick and declarative. He is at his best when he presents authoritative ideas as simply as he does in this book. Stewart Brand?s best writing?The Whole Earth Catalogs, How Buildings Learn, and Whole Earth Discipline?always challenged his readers to improve ourselves and the places we live through learning, and planning for the future. Significantly, he re-writes the Whole Earth Catalog?s introduction in this book stating ?We are as gods and HAVE to get good at it? (as opposed to ?We are as gods, and might as well get good at it?). By recognizing that we have more of a responsibility than simply a capability to improve ourselves through learning, Brand shows how urgent the climate change crisis is, and, I think more clearly than he previously has, he shows that we learn for our common, not our individual, good. That said, there is nothing sentimental about learning in Brand?s writing. I felt that the weakest part of this book was where he admitted to making the mistake of thinking there would be a Y2K crisis. I know that it is essential to learning to admit mistakes, and Brand admits his as plainly as he states his best ideas. Still, I felt uncomfortable reading Brand confess his error. If his thinking about urbanization, nuclear power, and biotechnology required his reader to commit to less transformational ideas, than he may have been able to sugar coat his errors more. Perhaps it is more important that he didn?t. Brand is a creditable thinker because he does not sentimentality produce environmental platitudes. I?m going to find opportunities to advocate Brand?s thinking, and I will find friends to lend my copy of this book to
Publishers Weekly, 2009-08-24 Brand, co-author of the seminal 1969 Whole Earth Catalog, compiles reflections and lessons learned from more than 40 years as an environmentalist in this clumsy yet compelling attempt to inspire practicable solutions to climate change. Brand haphazardly organizes his "manifesto" into chapters that address environmental stewardship opportunities, exhorting environmentalists to "become fearless about following science"; his iconoclastic proposals include transitioning to nuclear energy and ecosystem engineering. Brand believes environmentalists must embrace nuclear energy expansion and other inevitable technological advances, and refreshingly suggests a shift in the environmentalists' dogmatic approach to combating climate change. Rejecting the inflexible message so common in the Green movement, he describes a process of reasonable debate and experimentation. Brand's fresh perspective, approachable writing style and manifest wisdom ultimately convince the reader that the future is not an abyss to be feared but an opportunity for innovative problem solvers to embrace enthusiastically. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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