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Bill McKibben µ 9 Download Read & Download ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub µ Bill McKibben Summary Ó Falter AUTHOR Bill McKibben ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub E in building 350org the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change it offers some possible ways out of the trap We’re at a bleak moment in human history and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms to save not only our planet but also our humanity. Falter is a screed on climate change and the end of times I love dystopian novels but the this book is nonfiction and its first third is written metaphorically in all caps It does not explore issues allowing up to draw conclusions but forces them down our throats while we chokeAnd I am choir I believe in climate change have recycled since I was a teenager and don t eat meat at least partially for ecological reasons Despite being a member of the choir Bill McKibben s style of argument rubs me the wrong way I can t imagine that non believers will find Falter compelling His occasional snipes at Trump while appropriate will not buy him fans from that audience which hewe need to do if we are going to create changeAnd I am leading a discussion of this bookthis issue as part of our orientation of incoming freshmen in a red section of my state I would have given up reading Falter if I hadn t agreed to this discussion If I were a new student especially a conservative one The Nature Conservancy s guide for discussions on climate change offers the following tips about such discussions 1 Meet people where they are2 Connection outweighs facts3 The goal is conversation not conuest4 Focus on the person across from youMcKibben did not write following The Nature Conservancy s guidelines and I m afraid there will likely be a boomerang effect an attempt to persuade someone of one position results instead in the adoption of the opposite positionIn addition to my concerns about the argument I have problems with the details of McKibben s argument For example he talks designer babies but his science about the genetics of psychological traits is weak Even if you could identify the gene for intelligence it s likely to be 50 or genes the phenotype is also likely to be related to negative outcomes eg schizophrenia or autismFalter becomes accessible toward the end as McKibben discusses the roles of solar panels advocacy and thinking as groups rather than individuals Ayn Rand and libertarians are gonna be the death of us Literally McKibben is a strong and interesting writer if you get past the rhetoric However I would have found it easier to parse his argument if his chapters and sections were titled I had a difficult time seeing and organizing the transitions in his argument Why designer babies and AI in this book on climate change I get it but I had to work to get there2 12 starsUpdate I heard McKibben speak recently He still clearly says that we face a large problem but he was almost optimistic during his talk and because I d expected so little I felt optimistic

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Bill McKibben µ 9 Download Read & Download ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub µ Bill McKibben Summary Ó Falter AUTHOR Bill McKibben ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change Now he broadens the warning the entire human game he suggests has begun to play itself out Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic was the first book to alert us to global warming But the danger is broade. America is being held hostage by a curmudgeonly few who insist there is no man made climate change Meanwhile the vast majority of both citizens and scientists seethes To that Bill McKibben s Falter proposes two solutions solar panels everywhere and forcing a cultural shift using nonviolent organizing He doesn t tackle the huge overpopulation issue forcing gas and diesel vehicles off the road mass extinctions or even what to be aware of in the coming years It is rather odd for an environmentalist s bookThe first 200 pages all seem to be tangents He talks at length about the invention of gene splicing Ray Kurtzweil s drugs gene editing ineuality artificial intelligence and libertarianism And Ayn Rand Lots of Ayn Rand She keeps coming back again and again because of her religion of selfishness It has spread to the political and commercial leadership of the country and is a main cause for the country turning its back on climate change and pollution he thinksThere is a special emphasis on Silicon Valley s obsession with beating death McKibben finds all kinds of tech billionaires putting investment dollars and purchases in having themselves frozen or their heads frozen or just plain planning to be around forever That Google s investment arm is focusing on such efforts should rightly infuriate the world The Don t Be Evil gang is wasting its resources on inhuman self preservation not exactly improving the planet Not that it can possibly succeed anyway if the human race is decimated by climate change which seems all but a sure bet Much surer at any rate than finding a way to live forever on EarthPulling salient environmental points out of Falter is not easy but I ve collected these Everyone should slow down take stock and make repairs Consider where we want to be Past history no longer applies to our future We re entering unknown territory with no way out The future is far from bright it is totally uncertain Business is so anti government it had to dismiss climate change because it would reuire strong action by government A team of economists says there s a 35% chance the UN s worst case scenario is too optimistic The amount of heat prevented from leaving the Earth by all the CO2 is the euivalent of four Hiroshima atomic bombs every second Just 100 firms account for 70% of the world s emissions We are now able to put some real numbers to climate change There are several surprises all of them negative Oceans are heating faster and acidifying than models predicted Ice melt is proceeding at several times the rate predicted For example the Greenland ice sheet is melting from below as well from above as the underlying rock heats upIt is only in the final 50 pages that McKibben swings into action on his opening premises Solar will help immensely if we would just deploy it But it has two things going against it the fossil fuel industry which will be hurt by it and can find no profitability in it and that it is mathematically impossible for solar and wind to replace much than a fraction of our energy consumption Though McKibben doesn t point that outAs for nonviolent actions he talks about the first Earth Day in 1970 when he says 20 million came out in support That was 10% of the population Today there are similar marches all over Europe in support of the Earth but the USA is dormant ruled by the minorityThe whole book is framed by what McKibben calls the human game He looks at the effects of various factors by how much or little they might affect the human game There are three great existential threats to the human game nuclear war destroying the ozone layer and climate change Gene editing and artificial intelligence a lot space travel not so much From all his cited factors there is one glaring absence that uickly became obvious and was never explored What we really need is a functioning democracyDavid Wineberg

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Bill McKibben µ 9 Download Read & Download ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub µ Bill McKibben Summary Ó Falter AUTHOR Bill McKibben ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub R than that even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control And then drawing on McKibben’s experienc. A writer doesn t owe a reader hope the only obligation is honesty I think of Bill McKibben as perhaps the leading environmental writer today certainly he is one of them He s emerged largely because of his activism through his organization 350org as a leader helping organize the fight against the Keystone Pipeline helping get universities and other organizations to divest from fossil fuels As an environmental activist myself for close to fifty years I have been reading about the deep threat we have faced and very much still face in trying to save the human racestop the ecological destruction of the planet including such heroes as Aldo Leopold Rachel Carson Edward Abbey and so many others I have read and reread and reviewed here Bill McKibbens s The End of Nature and Eaarth where he very clearly and elouently makes it clear that the end of the human race could come within decades and not centuries if we do nothing or little to take climate change seriously and end out use of fossil fuels No one wants to read a book with this subtitle because well we are already distracted by several life threatening problems including a pandemic deep and widening racial divisions erupting into violence we have endless war and unhinged dictators supporting the fossil fuel industry to line their own pockets even as the resultant refugee crisis widens Yet I say don t give up You will read no important book this year I would make it reuired reading of every human on the planet but that would make me a communist wouldn t it Here s the executive summary Put simply between ecological destruction and technological hubris the human experiment is now in uestion Or if you prefer Now I am become Death the destroyer of worlds J Robert Oppenheimer as he watched the first bomb test uoting from Hindu scriptureFor most of you that read the papers you are aware of the IPCC reports here s one know that melting glaciers and rising sea levels and rising temperatures are not good for humans on the planet that we are seeing mrederous heat massive and unprecedented floods droughts storms loss of coral reefs and other species We know this In fact there are half as many wild animals on the planet as there were in 1970 an awesome and mostly unnoticed silencing And we know this For two hundred years human economic activity has largely consisted of digging up fossil fuels and setting them alight McKibben updates what we now know with yet another level of warning turned to eleven citing all I list above and grounding it in a criticism of Ayn Rand as the greed based individualist philosophernovelist guiding the Koch brothers Dark Money Exxon Rachel Maddow s Blowout and the rest of the fossil fuel industry and all of their purchased politicians He talks of also Ayn Rand lovers Silicon Valley and their investment in technological solutions such as genetic modification or cryonics freezing yourself or at least your brain so you can graft it onto your robot self that may or may not survive the deluge all helping exacerbate the widening ineuities planet wideMcKibben says even if literally today we changed how we live completely and stopped using all fossil fuels there would still be massive disruption to our ways of life that make this little lockdown pale in comparison but also continuing and widening massive dislocation and death to many many people But he also says we have something we have known about for decades that we know now for sure can uickly and cheaply replace gas and oil and coal renewables such as especially solar and wind power though we all know Trump and his buys have no intention to do anything about the environment except to stop protecting it He shows us just a glimpse of what is happening with solar power in continents such as Asia and Africa He invites us to protest and vote and act in every way possible and join some local and global environmental organizationsFalter is a kind of summary of where we are in accessible terms Tine has almost run out and he and many others are writing and saying it loudly if anyone cares to listen but this book lays it out succinctly I highly recommend this book written for the general public and thankfully a New York Times bestseller


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