Eaarth, by Bill McKibben

I just finished it yesterday, so I’m still digesting, but I wanted to get something down as soon as possible. I’m recommending this book to anyone and everyone that cares, and maybe more importantly, to the ones that don’t care. You will after you read Eaarth. It starts with a thorough description of the state of the planet – which is a frustrating chapter to get through. I had to take breaks so I didn’t get too upset (factoids like “Within a decade or two, a summertime spacecraft  pointing it’s camera at the North Pole would see nothing but open ocean” can be real heartbreakers), but I did eventually make it all the way through. By the end of the section I understood that the planet is not what it used to be, and it can never go back. We have to adapt to the new planet (the one he calls Eaarth), and we have to do it quickly.

 

I’ve never written a book review, so I don’t know how much to say and what not to say. I’m hesitant to give too much away because I want people to read the book themselves. All I’ll say is, if you’re looking for information on how you can prepare for an inevitable future, this is your book. Bill McKibben discusses everything from local farming, composting and intercropping to renewable energy. He will inspire you to change your own life, and help the people that you care about change theirs. Read it. For me. For yourself. For your kids. And their kids. Trust me on this one.

And after you do… post your comments here!

**This post was re-blogged from my original, free Wild Rose NHC blog. The original post was dated December 7, 2011