Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston

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Banyan Tree Books, 1975 - Juvenile Fiction - 167 pages
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Ecotopia was founded when northern California, Oregon, and Washington seceded from the Union to create a "stable-state" ecosystem: the perfect balance between human beings and the environment. Now, twenty years later, the isolated, mysterious Ecotopia welcomes its first officially sanctioned American visitor: New York Times-Post reporter Will Weston. Like a modern Gulliver, the skeptical Weston is by turns impressed, horrified, and overwhelmed by Ecotopia's strange practices: employee ownership of farms and businesses, the twenty-hour work week, the fanatical elimination of pollution, mini-cities that defeat overcrowding, devotion to trees bordering on worship, a woman-dominated government, and bloody, ritual war games. Bombarded by innovative, unsettling ideas, set afire by a relationship with a sexually forthright Ecotopian woman, Weston's conflict of values intensifies-and leads to a startling climax.

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Read most of this one a while ago, and, despite being a lifelong environmentalist, I just couldn't finish it (and I almost always finish books). I'd be tempted to give it fewer stars if it were fresh ... Read full review


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Ernest Callenbach is the author of "Ecotopia, Ecotopia Emerging, Ecology: A Pocket Guide" and was coauthor of "EcoManagement". For many years, he edited film books and natural history guides for the University of California Press.

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