By Robert Sullivan Aug. But when you do see it, you understand it to include NGOs, nonprofit agencies and a seemingly disparate range of people who might describe themselves as environmental activists, as well as people who might not describe themselves as anything at all but are protesting labor injustices, monitoring estuaries, supporting local farming or defending native people from being robbed of the last forests. There are a few billionaires, working hard to give their wealth away, and there are even some Christian evangelicals, who have decided the earth is not theirs to trash, but the movement is mostly about shared beliefs, even if those beliefs are unproclaimed. What would a world look like if that emphasis were reversed? Do-gooding will always have a perception problem. The rationale for the movement is sprinkled through the book like smelling salts.
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Apr 28, Allison Myers rated it it was ok I forced my way through this book because its written by Paul Hawken, one of the authors of Natural Capitalism one of my very favorites. But man, it was hard to get through. Overly emotional and too historical. The bits about the civil rights movement were interesting though. The I forced my way through this book because its written by Paul Hawken, one of the authors of Natural Capitalism one of my very favorites.
The last third of the book is appendices and glossaries and references. So I quit reading it with the clear conscience that I read most of it! Sorry Paul Hawken. I am on-board with the use of justice, though beauty kills it for me. Subtitles should be an art form, but, ultimately, have to be the boring My copy of this book has a different subtitle than the one listed above. Subtitles should be an art form, but, ultimately, have to be the boring half of the colon.
Morphing subtitle aside this book possesses many organs, but little interstitial tissue. The book is amorphous, yet very well-written with often surprising connections between disciplines and sources of knowledge. Hawken even, for a short period of time, disentangled Thoreau and Emerson Thoremerson in my mind. He takes the position that the earth can be considered a single organism, a position which has obvious ramifications for the ways that humans conceptualize place and effect.
Hawken, then, is in good company as ecological principles are gradually being wedged into urban planning and politics. The idea that the earth will begin buckling as we exceed its carrying capacity means many more empty condom wrappers on the bedroom floor or a trip to the doctor depending on who has the onus of reproductive responsibility in your relationship.
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