It's time to stop just worrying about climate change, says Paul Gilding. Instead, we need to brace for impact, because global crisis is no longer avoidable; we have come to the end of a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we live beyond the means of our planet's resources. "The Great Disruption "offers a stark and unflinching look ...Read MoreIt's time to stop just worrying about climate change, says Paul Gilding. Instead, we need to brace for impact, because global crisis is no longer avoidable; we have come to the end of a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we live beyond the means of our planet's resources. "The Great Disruption "offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity faces-yet also a deeply optimistic message. The coming decades will see loss, suffering, and conflict as our planetary overdraft is paid; however, they will also bring out the best humanity can offer: compassion, innovation, resilience, and adaptability. Gilding tells us how to fight-and win-what he calls the "one-degree war" to prevent catastrophic warming of the earth, and how to start today. Praise for "The Great Disruption" "Gilding offers a clear-eyed and moving assessment of our predicament, but more important, he offers a plausible way forward and good reasons to think we will rise to the occasion." -David W. Orr, author of "Hope Is an Imperative" "Paul Gilding offers some excellent insights into how we might weather that which we can no longer completely prevent-and how we can still prevent that which we won't be able to weather. If you're planning to stick around for the twenty-first century, this might be a useful book to consult." -Bill McKibben, author of "Eaarth," and founder of 350.orgRead Less
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Mr. Gilding frequently appropriates quotations from Winston Churchill, whom he describes as, "My favorite climate change strategist."
In similar fashion, I would like to quote my favorite book reviewer, Lewis Carroll: "Alice felt dreadfully puzzled. The Hatter's remark seemed to her to have no sort of meaning in it, and yet it was certainly English."
This sums up "The Great Disruption." So many words, juxtaposed and arranged into sentences and paragraphs, yet so utterly devoid of syntax. As James Kilpatrick said, "The mind reels."
Paul Gilding is without doubt a man of vision, and possesses myriad (to use one of his favorite words) talents. Sadly, however, writing is not one of them.
Hopefully, he will employ a good ghost writer who will reconstitute this book into something readable, and offer it as a free exchange for this vapid and incomprehensible edition.
Sep 23, 2011
Gilding's scholarship, rhetorical skills and chronic optimism tell his story with great power and credibility. He is truly an eco-evangelist of the first order.
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