Voices for the Earth: Vital Ideas from America's Best by Daniel D. Chiras

By Daniel D. Chiras

An anthology of leading edge recommendations to urgent environmental concerns via the various world’s such a lot influential and expert thinkers. It includes fourteen excerpts from the easiest environmental books released in the final 5 years.

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I was a "prisoner" to the university. So I rounded up several professors to get advice. One scientist predicted that in only seventy-seven years the sapphire-blue, crystal-clear lake water would be replaced with dirty brown river water. We wrote to key conservation figures, including Prince Bernhard, Prince Phillip, and Sir Peter Scott. Our thrust was not to stop energy development, but to urge alternative sources and save this magnificent lake, the Indians' fish and reeds, and a growing tourist economy.

It fosters systems thinking. Equally important, this book outlines solutions essential to steer human civilization onto a sustainable course. The authors remind us that the world faces not a preordained future, but a choice. One path, the current one, assumes that the Earth is an unlimited supply of resources and, accordingly, pursues a course of unbridled growth. The other recognizes that limits are very real and very close and prescribes actions that can help us live within those limits. It is the path most experts agree that leads us to a sustainable future.

Since its publication, at least seventeen computer studies have corroborated the findings of the Meadows's team. Several years ago, however, three members of the original team convened to update the model, to consider new data, and to subject it to computer analysis. This time, though, their predictions are even more dire. They assert that, in many cases, resource demand and pollution output have already exceeded sustainable rates. In other words, human societies have transcended critical ecological boundaries.

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