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There is no fluff in this book. Neither are there overwrought histrionics. Just clear thinking, and unique ways of parsing and understanding this mon What I posted in Facebook. Just clear thinking, and unique ways of parsing and understanding this monolithic fearsome thing: Accessible, as well as solid in the thinking and the presentation of the issues, it also has the rare quality of being written in an interesting way.

Jul 10, Fred Dameron rated it liked it. This book is about consumption. Man 's consumption of raw materials in an unsustainable manner. What's interesting is that the disease consumption, AKA tuberculosis, was a slow death for those afflicted until modern antibiotics. Mankind's addiction to more and more stuff is also a slow death for the planet.


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Modern day tuberculosis has now developed resistant strains that once again leave the victim with a slow wasting death. The first pages are a great breakdown of how the politica This book is about consumption. The first pages are a great breakdown of how the political system, corrupted by corporate money and K St. Orr offers solutions, corporations aren't people and have no rights, publicly funded elections with NO corporate money at all, fix the education system by putting critical thinking back into public education and, demand that the FCC enforce the lack of balance that pollutes our airwaves as required by law establishing the FCC.

By putting critical thinking back into schools the public would actually be trained to see the politicians lies and half truths. Most educated people today believe because they do not have the critical thinking skill sets required to cut through the lies that are being hoisted on us by politicians and corporations.

This goes hand I n hand with the FCC forcing balance on the airwaves. The law establishing the FCC requires those who use the airwaves to present balanced points of view during there broadcasts.

Down to the Wire Confronting Climate Collapse

Balance means a discussion that meets the standard of H. Not a yelling match with Nye not getting a word in edge wise. These new yelling matches have replaced thoughtful discussion today thanks to Fox and the rest of the Rt wing yellers. This discussion is required by law and is why PBS is on the air.

Down to the Wire - Hardcover - David W. Orr - Oxford University Press

AS I said the First pages go into more depth on what is wrong and ways to fix it. The last 20 pages also look at ways to fix the problems with our discussion today. How we, reasonable people, need to take back the public commons of debate and demand thoughtful discussion, real facts, and common courtesy by those taking part in the discussion or debate.

Again we need to educate, talk and listen to each other. The pages in between get tedious. If you read this volume they can be skimmed with out lousing very much of Orr's argument and talking points. If you want to know how the GOP led by Karl Rove and the Bush 43 hijacked the climate debate in favor of corporate tax's getting lowered and fighting wars in Iraq.

Read this one, you will be mad afterward but you will be better informed. Dec 28, HBalikov rated it liked it. This is a good book that has been superceded by time and events. Much of the focus is now on amplifying events. The best evidence is that the climate is now starting to be driven by amplifying feedbacks, most notably: If concentrations hit ppm, permafrost would shrink to just , square miles. Scary stuff but not as scary as some of the modeling that is based on new data. Oct 21, David Orellana rated it really liked it. Jan 04, Kyle rated it it was amazing. Doesn't shrink from the ugliness of likely scenarios, yet remains hopeful with an interesting delineation made between "optimism" and "hope".

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Asserts the necessity of political action, but also addresses ethics and spirituality, capitalism, and democracy. Left it out on the counter at home in hopes that someone would pick it up and at least glance at my marginalia; not sure anyone did, but even if this book ends up only preaching to the choir, it'll be a moralizing and inv Fantastic and lucid. Left it out on the counter at home in hopes that someone would pick it up and at least glance at my marginalia; not sure anyone did, but even if this book ends up only preaching to the choir, it'll be a moralizing and invigorating sermon, not a fruitless effort.

Nov 02, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a must-read for anyone who cares or worries about our future and those who seek a a clear-eyed history of where we are and how we got here, and b inspiration to fuel the work ahead. Orr spares nothing yet he comes out cautiously optimistic that humanity and especially our political structures will rise to the great challenges ahead. Chapter 5 is luminous. Sep 10, Hal rated it really liked it Shelves: Lots of good information, and some chapters absolutely engaging.

Other chapters full of redundant commentary. Better editing would have helped. At times, the author instills hopelessness, other times he is not so dire, although with the recent conservative mid-term elections, his worst predictions sound like they are the most likely to happen. Still, it was definitely worth reading.

Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse

Feb 27, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: I couldn't take using Lincoln and Roosevelt as examples of what the country needs. When you are painting your picture of the mountains, you might want to look out the window now and then for a check on reality. Some good ideas though. Apr 10, Allison rated it liked it Shelves: An interesting look at climate change as a result of the human psyche and consumer driven economy. Feb 12, Trevor rated it really liked it. Climate destabilization is already happening from the past century of burning fossil fuels.

Oct 26, Faye rated it really liked it. Oberlin College professor David Orr writes about the present and potential future of climate destabilization and its impact on human society I recommend this book, sobering but hopeful. Politics and Governance 1. Leadership in the Long Emergency Part Two: The Carbon Connection 5. The Spirit of Connection Part Three: Hope at the End of Our Tether 9.

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