David W. Orr: Down to the Wire. Confronting Climate Collapse
In the passionate and accessible Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse David Orr alerts us that we have entered what Harvard Biologist Edward O. Wilson calls “the bottleneck” (Wilson 2002). Homo sapienshave failed to recognize their biogeochemical impact on Earth cycles and are therefore trapped by their own actions. Cautiously, Orr hopes for a “tempering process” that will shed light on “our illusions of being separate from nature and our pretense that we can master nature or each other through violence” (x). He introduces the reader to the “long emergency” ahead, which includes climate destabilization, the end of the era of cheap oil, ecological degradation, and other related problems. It is clear that technological innovation alone will not fix these interconnected problems and that informed leadership, balanced media, and human gratitude and creativity may help alleviate the damage. His faith is that “people want to be told the truth and that with intrepid and competent...
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