Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change

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Allen & Unwin, 2010 - Business & Economics - 286 pages
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Sometimes facing up to the truth is just too hard. There have been any number of urgent scientific reports in recent years emphasising just how dire the future looks and how little time we have left to act. But around the world only a few have truly faced up to the facts about global warming.

This book is about why we have ignored those warnings, so that now it is too late. It is a book about the frailties of the human species: our strange obsessions, our hubris, and our penchant for avoiding the facts. It is the story of a battle within us between the forces that should have caused us to protect the earth, like our capacity to reason and our connection to nature, and our greed, materialism and alienation from nature, which, in the end, have won out.

And it is about the 21st century consequences of these failures, and what we can do now.

Because we don't have to take this lying down.

'Requiem for a Species magnificently captures the idea that by and large, none of us want to believe that climate change is real. It explains our inability to seriously weigh the evidence of climate change, and to take appropriate action to ensure our own survival.' - Tim Costello, CEO, World Vision Australia

'Clive Hamilton, as usual, has courageously challenged the current nature of our society in this inspirational new book.' - Graeme Pearman, former head of the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research

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Review: Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

It is hard to disentangle my experience of this book from my general pessimism concerning humanity's response to climate change. This is certainly heightened by the recent work showing that it is in ... Read full review

Review: Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change

User Review  - Carmel - Goodreads

As I said, I give up. Incredibly boring, laden with statistics, and no hope for us all. I tried twice to read it and gave up after 10 pages. Normally I am a prolific reader, but this one has me stumped. I will try again, maybe. But I doubt I would change my rating. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Clive Hamilton is author or co-author of the bestselling Affluenza, Growth Fetish, Scorcher and Silencing Dissent. One of Australia's leading thinkers, he is Charles Sturt Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, based at the Australian National University.

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