Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/10/15
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According to Stewart Brand, a lifelong environmentalist who sees everything in terms of solvable design problems, three profound transformations are under way on Earth right now. Climate change is real and is pushing us toward managing the planet as a whole. Urbanization?half the world?s population now lives in cities, and eighty percent will by midcentury?is altering humanity?s land impact and wealth. And biotechnology is becoming the world?s dominant engineering tool. In light of these changes, Brand suggests that environmentalists are going to have to reverse some longheld opinions and embrace tools that they have traditionally distrusted. Only a radical rethinking of traditional green pieties will allow us to forestall the cataclysmic deterioration of the earth?s resources.
Whole Earth Discipline shatters a number of myths and presents counterintuitive observations on why cities are actually greener than countryside, how nuclear power is the future of energy, and why genetic engineering is the key to crop and land management. With a combination of scientific rigor and passionate advocacy, Brand shows us exactly where the sources of our dilemmas lie and offers a bold and inventive set of policies and solutions for creating a more sustainable society.
In the end, says Brand, the environmental movement must become newly responsive to fast-moving science and take up the tools and discipline of engineering. We have to learn how to manage the planet?s global-scale natural infrastructure with as light a touch as possible and as much intervention as necessary.
"'This book is truly important and a joy to read.' James Lovelock * 'Stewart Brand's timely and down to Earth new book gives me hope that his wisdom will help us prevent the Earth system breaking as the economic system has done. The last things we need are more theoretical models or visionary hitech. This book is truly important and a joy to read. It is a practical guide to damage limitation and a sustainable retreat to a far more efficient society.' James Lovelock" --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
Very mind altering and helpful, a real update to what I meant to know before I read this book. Although I am not of his opinion in some respects, I am 100% congruent with his perspective which was my own long before I found the "long now foundation":
Sustainability means to alter one's behavior to sustain human life on this planet for - say - another 10.000 years.
Example: If you want electric power for everyone there seems to be no way but to replace coal fired plants by Thorium fired plants.
Why? In 200 years all fossile energy sources including Uranium will be depleted and we will very possible see a catastrophic climate change induced by human activity long before that date if we really burn all of these. Renewables are very fine and we should use the maximum amount of these. But:
1) wind and solar are and will be much more expensive than coal and not everyone will be able to afford these
2) wind and solar need a lot of space such that they cannot be applied to every usage scenario
3) even if we start investing into wind and solar we will never cover all energy needs of 9 Billion people in 2050
4) wind energy depends on wind blowing, solar depends on sun shining. That is why they need complimentary power which can not be fossile in the long run. As water power or biogas is not available in most places and not in the necessary amount, there will never be enough complimentary. Alternative will be Electricity storage which is roughly 20 Cent per Kilowatt hour at its cheapest, adding again to the cost
5) Complete failure of Germany to pull that thing off is proof enough for the rest of the World: at a projected cost of more 1.000 Billion Euros in subsidies promised by current law they did manage actually increase the spillout of CO2!
Burning Thorium is the one solution that will power our world for the next 20.000 years, based on the knowledge of today.
If Brand was your hero then, make him your hero again
Dramatic and convincing, this book unleashes a convert’s enthusiasm on these and other topics. It’s likely to convert many, many readers – like me.