Fans of The Smiths can stop reading at this point as this is a book that is not about them, but about the urgent need for both personal and global change and how it might practically be achieved.
The author considers the interlocking ecological and geopolitical crises currently swirling around the planet and proposes a rapid but necessary evolution of ideas and thought, as well as numerous practical changes that arguably need to be made to combat and counter these issues. Some of these global economic and technological solutions do seem more realistic and achievable than others in the real world. Additionally, he advocates change on a personal and anthropological level as an important and necessary stepping stone to achieving those aims.
The book is both a kind of manifesto and at the same time a radical and tactical proposal for a plan of action, covering areas as diverse and yet inextricably interlinked as ideology, politics, economics and culture through to energy, industry and agriculture.
This is a complex book dealing with complicated issues and needs a lot of concentration and returning to/rereading certain key points to fully grasp and understand where the author is coming from. However, for anyone interested in pondering the issues facing civilisation and the planet itself and how they might be addressed and perhaps resolved, this is an important and at times fascinating book. After all, the actions of the coming years may well determine the destiny of all our futures.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Books on global enviromental and ecological issues. This is not as heavy going as some, as the author tries to express complex issues in a readable manner for the layman.
One thing you’ve learned
It’s later than you think!