A Moment on the Earth: The Coming Age of Environmental Optimisim
Heralding the next wave of environmental concerns, Easterbrook has written a powerful book charting a surprising and fundamental shift toward the positive in environmental events. He shows us how to view abuses from nature's own resilient perspective, and how we must work with nature in our present moment on the Earth to create a nobler future for humankind.
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Easterbrookmay be categorized as another cornucopian ecological futurist, somewhat in the same vein as Bjorn Lomborg (though Lomborg makes a more compelling skeptic of eco-doomies). He believes that being richer will make the earth an ecological paradise where we all live super high-tech lives that do no harm to the earth because of some really cool inventions and capitalism. A heavily-researched book with some well-flung mud in the eyes of doomsday predictions. The failure of past doomsday predictions, however, do not vindicate Easterbrook's arguments. He uses the fact that we aren't dead yet, as some had predicted us to be, to extrapolate the conclusion that we will never destroy enough of the earth to make it a bad place to live. If we could all just get rich enough, we will have utopia. In chapter 25 he predicts that Western nations will achieve zero pollution within our lifetimes. Give be a break. Western societies pollute more than anyone else by a long shot. Our pollution is hidden from us for the most part through the global economy, but go to a chemical plant in India making chemicals for the US market and then tell me Western societies are cleaning up the world. This book has some good points, but it is hopelessly optimistic about the future of present trends. Easterbrook makes some good points about the excesses of modern environmentalism, but ultimately goes too far and decides that big corporations will eventually fix everything if we would just let them.
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This is a long book, but I'm glad I made it through. Easterbrook's main thesis is that the environment is in good shape, but that this is a result of environmental regulation, so we should be ...
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