Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

eBook - 2019
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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 broader 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 experience in building 350.org, 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.

Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781250178275
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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Jun 17, 2019

McKibben wrote an early warning about global climate change with The End of Nature, thirty years ago. This book sounds a more dire warning. It makes for depressing but essential reading, and it does have a (slightly) hopeful final chapter. The research is impressive; the facts unassailable; and what he and the experts he quotes suggest are possible near-future conditions are sobering--even frightening. We think, what can I do? But look at the Swedish teen Greta Thunberg and what her school strikes have accomplished. From a single action by a single teen, a global movement has influenced politicians. This book is at least as important as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.

debwalker Apr 02, 2019

So maybe we're done?


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