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“This book, about the state of the world, takes the form of a dialogue between two eloquent writers, Ehrlich and Tobias.  Why read a dialogue, instead of the usual book written from beginning to end by one author?  The Greek philosopher Plato figured out the answer over 2,000 years ago: a dialogue can be much more exciting than a monologue, because it offers the human interest of a conversation, and it offers two rather than just one point of view.  Whether or not you think that you already understand the state of the world, you’ll enjoy and learn from this vivid dialogue.”
(Jared Diamond, author of The World Until Yesterday)

“More rare than Coelacanths embracing, these two giants in their fields, Ehrlich and Tobias, intertwine and entertain with their discourse on the future of our world and incredibly they offer us hope.”
(William Shatner)

“Authored by two fine thinkers—practical ecologists and eloquent writers—this clever book shakes us with the discomforting view of how human hands are pushing the planet down the plughole, but ends up lifting us from the gloom and doom. These are eloquent arguments, beautifully written, that show a way through the minefield to a quiet, unspoiled, or reclaimed place of beauty: the Earth as it should be, once was, and can be again.”
(Ingrid Newkirk, president, PETA)

“Tobias and Ehrlich are master teachers giving all seven billion of us a well-reasoned warning for what lies ahead.  While their science is flawless and persuasive, their message is delivered with serenity and common sense.  This is a book that will be especially effective for our oblivious young who will be saddled with the mistakes of the past.  It is going to all seven of my children!”
(Graham Arader)

“Exhilarating! With minds ablaze, Ehrlich and Tobias begin to talk, and right away they disagree. Roaming through wilds of philosophy, history, culture, politics, religion, and science, they debate the fate of the earth. Filled with ideas, insight and personality, Hope on Earth is a joy ride for the mind.”
(Karole Armitage, artistic director of Armitage Gone! Dance Company)

“Oh, to have been a fly on the wall during the meeting between these two environmental giants that took place during a couple of days at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. For dedicated environmentalists, this book is the next best thing. . . . A brilliant, absorbing, and timely discussion of the most pressing issues of the day conducted by two of the world’s foremost environmental experts.”

“For those wearied by the malaise enveloping high-level negotiations on planetary ills, these ‘bilateral talk’' between biologist Paul Ehrlich and ecologist Michael Charles Tobias offer relief. Their often heated dialogue on the scientific, ethical and conceptual approaches to our global predicament is cogent on details such as the realities of unsustainable livestock farming, or the broken equation of population and resources. Despite the grim litany, their action plan for humanity — such as limiting family size — is convincing.”

“Their dialogue is both thought provoking and easy to read, and Hope on Earth would make a great read for people who are interested in the complexities of climate change but don’t want to struggle through an academic-style book.”

“Hope on Earth offers a fresh look at the serious environmental challenges we face. Unlike other environmental texts, this book emphasizes the severity of the situation in an open and honest exchange between two knowledgeable thinkers. Their conversation is earthy (forgive the pun!) and even raw at times. . . .  Hope on Earth leaves little doubt how much worse our environmental problems will become unless we are moved to action, and soon.”
(Washington Independent Review of Books)

“We are on the verge of an environmental catastrophe. The growing human population, unchecked consumption, and depletion of resources could very well spell disaster. Ehrlich and Tobias agree on that, but the two environmental scientists differ on their proposed solutions. In their wide-ranging conversation—pulled from discussions over a couple of days at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory—the two discuss everything from culture, to science, to religion, to politics as they debate the earth’s—and our—fate.”

"Ehrlich made his first big splash in 1968 with The Population Bomb. Writer/filmmaker Tobias has also made environmental conservation his life work. Their illuminating conversation about ethics, ambiguity and how to grapple intelligently with complex environmental threats should attract anyone who despairs of reconciling reality with their ideals."
(Toronto Star)

“The conversation in Hope on Earth is strongest when it redirects our ethical attention to issues that matter for the planet, and it does that on nearly every page. It’s openness to different approaches – its reliance on virtue ethics – is refreshing even though it never calls it by that name.”
(Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability)

The book’s length, level, and content make it suitable for a wide audience, especially policy makers and laypersons.  Highly recommended.”

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Paul R. Ehrlich lives in California, where he is the Bing Professor of Population Studies and the president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University.  He is the author or coauthor of many books, including, The Population Bomb, The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment, and Humanity on a Tightrope: Thoughts on Empathy, Family, and Big Changes for a Viable Future. Michael Charles Tobias is an ecologist, author, filmmaker, and president of the Dancing Star Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in California and focused on international biodiversity conservation, global environmental education, and animal protection. His works include World War III: Population and the Biosphere at the End of the Millennium, Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence, and the recent feature film trilogy No Vacancy, Mad Cowboy, and Hotspots.


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What this book is really about 8. Juni 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very clearly gtucker7848 and Robert Young haven't read this book, since their reviews don't go beyond personally attacking Dr. Paul Ehrlich. Cannibalism is mentioned twice: once in the context of a story Dr. Ehrlich tells about chimps in the wild, and once by Dr. Tobias in a rhetorical question alluding to the 1972 Andes flight crash.

This book is a conversation between two great scientists (joined by John Harte for awhile) who agree on the following facts: 1) Earth's climate is changing; 2) a major extinction of species and populations is happening right now; 3) we're losing ecosystems and polluting air, water and land to the extent that essential ecosystem services may not continue to keep all of us alive; 4) the world's population and resource consumption have never been as large as now, which compounds the other three problems.

Ehrlich and Tobias also agree -- as do the resounding majority of scientists -- that human impacts are strongly responsible for what we see happening. (If you still don't believe in man-made causes for climate change, please stop watching Fox News and reading "research" from the Heartland Institute.)

The key question Ehrlich and Tobias tackle in this small volume, in an informal way, is how to get humanity out of this mess, FAST. They engage in a multidisciplinary conversation in which they don't always see eye to eye, and where Tobias' insistence in talking about chickens is a metaphor for our ability, as humans, to make better choices. The amount of information both men bring to the table -- about history, biology, philosophy, environmental science, nutrition, peripatetic conversations and the kitchen sink -- is impressive. There are statements in this book that made me laugh, and others that I'll quote to my grandchildren when they get a little older. This is NOT your dry standard textbook.

The text is punctuated with beautiful photos (many of which were taken by Dr. Tobias) and with insightful gems such as this one by Dr. Ehrlich: "The reason why people don't care about what happens to future generations, beyond a certain point, is that we are actually wired to associate with people whose faces we can picture." Perhaps it's time for a greater number of us to start imagining the faces of our descendants seven generations ahead, as did the Iroquois (who, perhaps not by chance, continue to thrive, as opposed to other Native American groups who were decimated).

If you enjoyed the movie "Mindwalk," where connections are suggested and it's up to you to connect the dots, or James Burke's "The Day the Universe Changed," where unlikely causes and correlations are brought to the fore, you will likely love "Hope on Earth." It is chock full with food for thought, including the question of whether we can still hope to reverse our collision course with a scary future.

According to Ehrlich and Tobias we can still reverse it. If you do nothing else check out p. 177 in the afterword, where they give us a few easy action steps we can take, followed by suggested readings.
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Sobering, Engaging, Encouraging 27. Juni 2014
Von Geoffrey Holland - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Hope on Earth, is a highly engaging dialogue between two remarkable human beings, Stanford Professor Paul Ehrlich, President of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology, and global ecologist/author/anthropologist/filmmaker Michael Tobias. Ehrlich is best known for The Population Bomb, a book co-written with his wife Anne more than four decades ago. I should mentioned that I was a young man when I read the Ehrlich’s book back when it first came out. Chilling as its message was, then and now, that book had a profound impact on my understanding of the world. Dr. Tobias’ work is also well known to me. He is the author of more than fifty books, including World War III – Population and the Biosphere at the End of the Millennium and, with his colleague, partner, and wife, Jane Gray Morrison, Sanctuary – Global Oasis of Innocence. Tobias has also had a distinguished career as a film maker – more than 150 productions - on subjects (mostly non-fiction, but some fiction) related to animal rights’, biodiversity, and humanity’s tenuous relationship with the environment. Tobias is also the long-time President of The Dancing Star Foundation, a global animal protection, biodiversity conservation, and environmental education non-profit.

Both men have spent much of their lives investigating and reporting on the massively expanded pressure on our biosphere caused by human population growth. To put this in perspective, the number of people on Earth when The Population Bomb was first published in 1968 was 3.5 billion. In all of human history, it took till then to get to 3.5 billion. In the 46 years since that time, the population has more than doubled to 7.25 billion. This massive human expansion is not sustainable. The Earth’s resources are finite. We humans are pushing our freshwater, our farmland, our forests, our marine resources rapidly to exhaustion. Our dependence on fossil fuels like oil and coal is pumping billions of tons of pollutants into the Earth’s atmosphere, causing a planetary warming that puts the very livability of our tiny dot in the galaxy at great risk. Human exploitation is pushing unprecedented numbers of plant and animal species to the point of extinction. In fact, the consensus seems to be, for humanity to live within the planet’s long term ability to provide sustenance for most sentient beings, including Homo Sapiens, the human population should not be more than about one to two billion. The current condition for humanity is one of extreme overreach Can we turn it around? Can we change our ways sufficiently to roll back human demand so it does not exceed the planet’s ability to provide?

Ehrlich and Tobias are skeptical. Despite that, they remain hopeful. They have both been aggressively sounding a warning for decades. They both clearly detest the general state of public indifference, and even hostility in some cases, despite the powerful warning signals we are getting from nature; signals like the melting of our glaciers and the collapse of the polar icecaps, the increasing incidents of extreme draught, wildfire, floods, and massive and highly destructive weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Super Typhoon Haiyan.

In Hope on Earth, Ehrlich warns, “The past is over. We’re here now, and we’d better damn well make our ethical decisions.” He goes on to say, “If we don’t solve the issues of population growth and consumption, all the rest of these issues won’t stand a chance of being remedied.”

Ehrlich and Tobias agree that humanity must find a path to achieving critical mass in awareness, and beyond that, a thoughtful, ethical approach to the unprecedented global-scale challenges that have emerged. The course we are on is a dead end.
I really enjoyed reading Hope on Earth. In the end, it is a dialogue about ethics. I loved being a fly on the wall, absorbing this great conversation between two exceptional minds, who understand and care deeply about the ugly turn human history has taken. Their prescription: Wake up and embrace a life-affirming cultural paradigm built on a foundation of compassion, and commitment to planetary stewardship. Do it now, before it is too late.

Highest recommendation.
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A very thoughtful book 20. Juni 2014
Von Marc Bekoff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I really enjoyed this very unique and wide-ranging book. Do I agree with everything in it? No. But most of the exchanges made me think about the issues and questions are hand and I could see it being used in undergraduate and graduate classes to generate open discussion and debate. Clearly, the negative reviews show that not everyone agrees but there's no indication that these "reviewers" read the book. Rather, they are ad hominem attacks on Dr. Ehrlich. It really concerns me Amazon allows people to write "reviews" that are personal and dismissive of the authors with little discussion of the content of the book at hand.
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Brilliant, Utterly Captivating, Ehrlich and Tobias at Their Best 4. Juli 2014
Von forestsofcorot - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
In Hope on Earth, Tobias and Ehrlich, two of the world's most compelling interdisciplinary ecologists, humanists and ethicists put "hope" into the burning limelight so as to invoke honest dialogue that we all must take part in. Their topics are many and often the reality of such a myriad of global wildfires and imperatives calls for the equivalent of intellectual triage. Such is the urgency that drives this dialogue along at intellectually lightning speed that the ability to prioritize is a rarified gift these two amazing scientists generously share. The two men (and their third colleague, amazing climate scientist John Harte) are able to sweep the entire surface of the planet with a gaze towards survival or self-destruction. The GIS of their respective moral compasses is astounding, in a book so lean and accessible.

Jared Diamond's back-cover comment is right to the point: this is a Platonic dialogue with the wealth and depth and scope that is rare to find in any single treatise. Tobias' and Ehrlich's differing viewpoints on a number of issues - with ultimate confluence - lays out the stakes, the possibilities, the obstacles and challenges to engendering a sustainable, ethical world. At the same time, their candor, even humor will certainly attract readers from the broadest possible array of disciplines.

It is, indeed, not merely one of the great ecological texts for our time, but a page-turner. That is truly hard to find in one book. Most importantly, it is the kind of dialogue that should be required reading in every class-room; as well the General Assembly. I say that because politicians and economists tend - as the Authors make abundantly clear - to overlook, dismiss, or discount the value of nature at such an alarming pace as to astonish anyone who cares about the solace of a shade tree, the look in the eyes of a resting albatross, the majestic infinity of the neo-tropics, and (literally) breath-taking truth of a coral reef. WIthout these species, habitats and arrangements of nature -the sum-total of hundreds of millions of years of spectacular biological evolution - we would all be dead.

Solidarity in nature versus brutality; the one versus the many; saving a chicken and/or saving a California Condor.....providing empowerment for women and their daughters and reproductive health options for all women and men worldwide... these are issues as key to the dialogue as the saving of kiwi in New Zealand, the Arabian Leopard, and the rights of women to control their own bodies. Vegetarianism, geo-politics, Move to Amend, carbon neutrality, green corridors, protected areas expansion.... the intertwining of these critical flash-points for all of us are effectively integrated in this astonishing conversation between men of two different generations, which is a joy and provides guidance we almost never see in fine non-fiction literature.

A superb book that should be in every bookstore and classroom and library!
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A MUST READ! 4. Juli 2014
Von Lorenzo Fincher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
A brilliant Platonic dialogue between two great thinkers: the younger scholar and ethicist Dr. Michael Tobias, and the venerable Dr. Paul Ehrlich. This book should be required reading for students, policy makers, natural resource managers, economists, and all educators -- not the least of which -- biologists and demographers. A bonus in this book: wonderful photographs illustrating it throughout the text. Buy this book.
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