- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Fourth Estate (7. Juli 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 000731342X
- ISBN-13: 978-0007313426
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,3 x 2,4 x 15,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.127.932 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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'It certainly convinced me' Independent on Sunday
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Mark Lynas is an activist, journalist and traveller. He was editor of the website www.oneworld.net and has made many appearances in the press and TV as a commentator on environmental issues. He is the author of High Tide and Six Degrees.
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Mark Lynas is an environmentalist who is not afraid to challenge established environmentalist dogma. The most profound example of this is when he makes the very thorough and convincing case that it is nuclear power, in fact, which is the most environmentally sound source of electrical power for our modern lives. He obliterates all the hysteria that you have heard about Tschernobyl and Fukushima, and he manages to completely expose the fallacies propagated by anti-genetic engineering fanatics.
Lynas' arguments are very convincing because he is a dedicated environmentalist with a wide range of knowledge and experience in the environmentalist movement. His overriding message is that we have very serious environmental problems and we must take responsibility for ensuring the survival of our planet, but his approach is pragmatic and human-centered. He does not revert to the oft-implied message from environmentalists that we must feel ashamed, abandon our modern lifestyles and move back into caves. Resonating through all of his arguments is a sense of optimism, and he regularly highlights those areas in which we humans have made progress in rectifying our past ecological sins.
I seriously hope that this book will be translated into German. It is sorely needed in a society that has largely succumbed to mass panic and hysteria in regards to too many ecological issues.
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Where I differ from Mr. Lynas is in his idea that economic growth on a finite planet can continue indefinitely. He says, "I hope this book has shown convincingly that whilst ecological limits are real, economic limits are not." I am not convinced. To approach an eager worldwide economic community of corporate mountain top removers, frackers, and drillers who rely on pulling the natural world through their operations in order to create economic growth with the news that economic growth can go on forever is unhelpful. Mr. Lynas appropriately identifies Tim Jackson's book Prosperity Without Growth as "thoughtful." He is right, it is exceedingly thoughtful. As Mr. Jackson sensibly asserts, '"...a continually expanding subsystem of a finite system carries within it the seeds of its own demise. An ever expanding economy divided into a finite planet does not compute. It's as simple as that." Mr. Lynas does not present evidence that we can eternally expand the world economy while also properly protecting the several ecological boundaries identified and carefully studied by Mr. Lynas.
Having said that, the strength of Mr. Lynas meticulous research and well-organized presentation earns him the highest rating. Perhaps his ecologically conscious sort of enthusiasm for continuing the worldwide growth economy will at least serve to attract eternal-growth proponents and believers to a more balanced relationship with the natural world.
Yes, I'm afraid it does. And Mark Lynas points out exactly why.
And, this book may by the only voice for the 'other side' of the environmentalist argument.
You may disagree with him, but you can't deny the cogency of Mark's arguments. They need to be made and they just may be the solutions we're looking for.