Climate A new story

Charles Eisenstein, 1967-

Book - 2018

"Flipping the script on climate change, Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction With research and insight, Charles Eisenstein details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our "fight" mentality. With an entire chapter unpacking the climate change denier's point of view, he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach. The natural and the material world--the rivers, forests, and creatures--are sacred and valuable in their own right, not simply for carbon credits or preventing the ex...tinction of one species versus another. After all, when you ask someone why they first became an environmentalist, they're not likely to cite humanity's existential crisis, or our society going up in flames; they're likely to point to the river they played in, the ocean they visited, the wild animals they observed, or the trees they climbed when they were a kid. This refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides real, actionable steps to caring for the earth. Freeing ourselves from a war mentality and seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison reform to saving the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health, we resist reflexive postures of solution and blame and reach toward the deep place where commitment lives"--

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Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books [2018]
Main Author
Charles Eisenstein, 1967- (author)
Physical Description
303 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Prologue: Lost in a Maze
  • 1. A Crisis of Being
  • A Lost Truth
  • The Identity of "They"
  • The Fight
  • 2. Beyond Climate Fundamentalism
  • Does Nothing Else Matter?
  • The Perverse Consequences of Carbon Reductionism
  • The Social Climate
  • The Rush to a Cause
  • The Mother of All Causes
  • The Place Where Commitment Lives
  • 3. The Climate Spectrum and Beyond
  • Which Side Am I On?
  • A Visit to the World of Skepticism
  • The End of the World
  • The Institution of Science
  • The Wrong Debate
  • 4. The Water Paradigm
  • A Different Lens
  • The Forests and the Trees
  • The Organs of Gaia
  • Five Thousand Years of Climate Change
  • 5. Carbon: The Ecosystems View
  • Carbon, Soil, and Life
  • The Emissions Obsession
  • The Geoengineering Delusion
  • The Cult of Quantity
  • 6. A Bargain with the Devil
  • Hazards of the Global Warming Narrative
  • The Causes of Passivity
  • Why Should I Love My Son?
  • Nature Trafficking
  • Rights of Nature
  • 7. The Revolution is Love
  • In a Rhino, Everything
  • The Concrete World
  • The Conditions of Our Choice
  • 8. Regeneration
  • Healing the Soil
  • Why Is Regenerative Agriculture Marginal?
  • Feeding a Hungry Planet
  • Healing the Water
  • The Mutual Need of People and Planet
  • Tending the Wild
  • 9. Energy, Population, and Development
  • The Paradigm of Force
  • The Meaning of Development
  • Transition to Abundance
  • Population
  • 10. Money and Debt
  • A Game of Musical Chairs
  • The Growth Imperative
  • Development and Debt
  • Hypocrisy
  • Elements of an Ecological Economy
  • 11. An Affair of the Heart
  • In Science We Trust
  • If We Knew She Could Feel
  • The Powers of the Land
  • Reanimating Reality
  • 12. Bridge to a Living World
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author