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The climate crisis isn t new and there isn t a one fits all cure or a miraculous technological solution if not there wouldn t be a crisis But Eisenstein s holistic erspectives in this book serve as urgent reminders of why every facet of society has to work towards the same goal A lot of drive has to start organically from ground up and I m appreciative of his views on the commercial aspects I ve been listening to Charles Eisenstein for a long time I ve read most of his books and feel Principios de economía política pretty much the same way about this one as I do about all the others Some of it is great and some is just really terrible I honestly love about half of what he says He really does get a lot of the things that everyone else is missing Unfortunately I can t stand the other half And from my experience it s the bad half that his readers seem to be most influenced by I ve been recommending Sacred Economics toeople for the last 5 or 6 years considering a lot of the ideas in there to be really important I thought that Aunt Jane's Nieces people had enough common sense to ignore the dumber things in there especially since I tend to share it with caveats about whicharts of it I consider useful and which arts I consider ridiculous I also tend to recommend reading counter arguments from eople like Derrick Jensen before making any big decisions From my experience though eople that do decide to read his stuff just come to think of themselves as spiritually enlightened and never bother looking into the alternative explanations This is making it really difficult for me to keep recommending his booksOn the good side his ideas on regenerative agriculture ecosystem restoration the benefits of indigenous cultures and transitioning the global economic system away from infinite growth are all great These are really important concepts and he does do a good job explaining them On the bad side he gets really carried away with these naive New Age ideas about the divine urpose of human existence and the supposed teleology of technological development All Beneath the Moors and Darker Places people are good at heart the universe loves us all climate change deniers have just as many reasons to believe the things they believe as we do those inositions of Lascia che sia felice power sincerely believe that they re all doing what s best for the world etcI can understand the argument that the mainstream scientific establishment has giveneople a lot of reasons to distrust them We were told that cannabis is dangerous and that opioids are just safe This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor pharmaceutical medicines They told us not to worry about nuclearower We'll Make It Through plants DDT is good for me e e etc Clearly we should be a little skeptical Buteople that listen to Fox News and who voted for Donald Trump are just making honest mistakes Really They couldn t The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy possibly be any blatant with their lies They literally contradict themselves within the same sentence sometimes At someoint you have to admit that there are eople out there who can t be reached with rational arguments A lot of them in fact They won t be ersuaded or guilted into changing their minds no matter what you say A big theme of this book is that there are other things to argue about than whether or not carbon in the atmosphere is going to kill us and that s fine There are a lot of other things killing us that are harder to deny than long term global warming Is there any reason to expect the Right to be moved by these other arguments though And is Eisenstein even a good candidate to try reaching these eople I mean even Left wingers with hippie leanings can get annoyed with the way he words things Frankly I can t think of anyone worse for that job than Eisenstein Therefore every word of this book spent on that subject is kind of a waste of time in my opinion And there is a lot of that in here All that said I still do kind of like this book I wish I
could just recommend certain chapters of it but even the better just recommend certain chapters of it but even the better have a lot of stupid ideas mixed in with them which makes every art of this kind of hard to take seriously It s unfortunate that he can t seem to restrain himself from trying to cram in every cute little cleverly worded idea he thinks of when he writes If he just took the best ideas from all his books and ut them together without the annoying stuff he really could make something retty great In my opinion if you are concerned about the converging crises of the ecology and the economy and the social and olitical the converging crises of the ecology and the economy and the social and olitical that trouble the modern world Charles Eisenstein is one of the most important voices out thereIn this book he dares to expand the conversation around climate change from one that is increasingly ineffective because it is based on motivating us to act by using our fear of mortality and a horrible climate damaged world to one that recognizes that climate change is art of a larger icture concerning our disconnection from the environment and that we will best be motivated to act by appealing to our heart s love and care for the natural world There is so much I can say about this book and did in a series of blog The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 posts link below but mostly I cherish it for moving me back to coming from the heart when Ionder what I can do to helpIn addition Eisenstein also covers some fascinating science that I was unaware of such as how deforestation and the water table may have much to do with climate change than The National Debt: A Short History previously thoughtIn conclusion I can t recommend this book highly enough Charles Eisenstein s book Climate A New Story is full of compassion and insight about human alienation from the natural world that has led to our current climate crisis His is fundamentally a book ofhilosophy that challenges readers to reevaluate many widely held cultural beliefs and assumptions that could very well end up killing us and everything on the lanet Philosophy books are not easy to read Readers must be willing to read carefully and to do some serious self reflection to fully understand this book Only then can we begin to make the changes that must be madeAt root Eisenstein is to make the changes that must be madeAt root Eisenstein is us to recognize the different stories we tell ourselves and how these stories are not working The Story of Separation fro. 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 uantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our “fight” mentality With an entire chapter unpacking the climate change denier’s oint of view he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions. M the natural world is leading to disaster We focus on fear rather than on what we love He takes to task the global warming narrative that is yet another us vs them narrative He makes a strong argument that fear won t work in the end Only love works We work to save what we love and that s why rotecting local ecosystems usually work much better than abstract larger scale rojects He calls for a Story of InterbeingEverything is connected It makes no sense to worry only about the death of kelp forests which suck up CO2 if we don t also be concerned about the threats to sea otters which keep sea urchins under control which wipe out kelp forests Instead of a love of nature and the recognition that all living things are connected he says we focus on fear of our survival He takes on at length our very dysfunctional economic system which measures uantity to the detriment of living things He asks us instead to measure ualityThis is not a book of only what doesn t work Eisenstein has lenty of great examples of Interbeing a recognition of how to live within and love the natural world and how to act on that He Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde points out the many ways in which thelanet is suffering that has nothing to do with the climate crisis Our overuse and misuse of Karneval, Vol. 4 plastics is one example Another is our methods of agriculture which involve deforestation monocroppingesticide use and a resulting insect holocaust He gives us ways out of this human caused disaster through regenerative agriculture methods Human well being and lanetary health are inextricably connected That s why we have to stop thinking of ourselves as separate from nature The world is a living being and we are a art of that living being The earth is still alive he tells us Now is the time to choose life It s not too late My artner suggested that I stop reading this book because I was bitching about reading it I feel like this treads very familiar ground for most social justice and nonwestern thought aware eople especially if they ay attention to non white oints of view we are connected to the earth the earth is full of complex interdependent systems There now you don t have to read this self important New Age faux academic book by a The Elephants Journey privileged spiritualist Read Emergent Strategy Shaping Change Changing Worlds instead Bonusoints for mention of chemtrails and studying math as a Yale undergrad Eisenstein s greatest work to date Completely reframed my understanding of climate change So grateful for this book and Charles work writing it This has been both one of the most challenging and disturbing books and the most visionary compassionate and holistic writings on climate environment Humanity and our Species that I have ever readHaving Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' previously adopted a mechanistic and uantitative approach to climate change and global warming Charles Eisenstein s invitation to consider our world and relationships through a different narrative one of Interbeing instead of Separation challenged the verylace from which I had found and believed there was hope of reversing global warming and saving our Planet and SpeciesEisenstein outlined many examples of climate change solutions and environmental action that erhaps we once believed were good for us and the world that later revealed unintended and harmful conseuences In other words Eisenstein s erspective reminds me of Newton s Firstly a warning this is going to be a long review In fact this book has taken me someone who can read two books a day with no Changing Face of the Hero problem nine months to read Why has it taken me this long And why have I stuck at it Simply because like the climate change debate this book is complicated nuanced and fascinating and it deserves to be carefully read and its discussions and conclusionsroperly considered It reframes the whole climate change debate in different non binary terms It tries as much as The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry possible to be impartial It uestions everything and names its sources inviting the reader to challenge and investigate further its claims It isn t afraid to challenge some of the underlying assumptions that we in a modern society don t even think to uestion In other words it s a book foreople who are fed up of being bludgeoned with contradictory information who want to do something to help but feel helpless and who don t want win a war against our changing environment but rather StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story participate in a new narrative of collaboration by understanding and accepting ourlace in the bigger whole As you can see this is a massive undertaking for a 300 It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life page book So how does the author go aboutresenting this Firstly he does it by defining the issues The central narrative is this book is simple and despite its name it s not really about climate Instead it s this the Lignin Biodegradation planet is dying The biostructures of life on Earth are breaking down and since they are all inter connected this doesn t bode well for the continued existence of life on ourlanet Climate and its rapid change is not the cause of this destruction but is in fact only one symptom What does this mean Here s an example climate change and subseuent droughts have been blamed for the large scale migrations north this mean Here s an example climate change and subseuent droughts have been blamed for the large scale migrations north Central America However there are strong arguments that climate change is the symptom not the cause of massive deforestation Guatemala lost 17% and Honduras 37% of their rainforests between 1990 2005 El Salvador has suffered 85% deforestation since 1960s In fact climate change is a scapegoat which keeps humanity s attention focussed on only a few aspects of the environmental catastrophe we face Rising global temperatures are also often cited as climate change but this too is a red herring in that the warming globe is also a symptom of the underlying roblems not the cause Evidence suggest that the cause of much of these warmer temperatures is a combination of a growing number of urban heat islandscities coupled with massive deforestationlack of vegetation which reduces vegetative transpiration and the cooling effect Of Cloud Cover And cloud cover and also mucks up the high and low ressure fronts that drive weather systems and deposit temperate regular rainfall Moreover it To see the broader The Lady and the Lionheart picture beyond our short sighted and incomplete approach The rivers forests and creatures of the natural and material world are sacred and valuable in their own right not simply for carbon credits orreventing the extinction of one species versus another After all when you ask someone why they first became an environmentalist they’re likely to oint to the river they layed in the 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S well to remember that without deforestation and subseuently less regular rainfall rising temperatures would not be a roblem instead warmer climates would encourage forests to evolve into rain forests rather than the current deforested areas evolving into sterile desertsThe narrow arameters of climate change are further narrowed and defined by taking a few areas of concern and elevating them to Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church prime importance One such is the burning of fossil fuels and rising carbon emissions Our current obsession with burning fossil fuels and CO2 emissions reduces theroblem to one of calculation and A (kinda) Country Christmas problem solving how we canlant trees to act as carbon sinks as well as create new technologies to solve the roblems of energy However this again covers up the underlying cause that of the wholesale destruction of natural carbon sinks which have little value to humans in terms of usage These include wetlands and mangroves of which an estimated 70% and 50% respectively have been destroyed in the last 100 years swamps and rainforests Not only are these habitats superlative carbon sinks they also rotect further carbon sinks such as coral reefs Those natural carbon sinks such as steppes rairie ampas or veldts that do have some use to us in terms of being relatively easy to convert to mass agriculture are also being destroyed and even worse are often being converted to carbon emitters through heavy duty crop cultivation So if rising temperatures CO2 emissions and fossil fuels are simply symptoms of a bigger National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 problem that is buried under the term climate change why then are we choosing to focus only on these few aspects rather than regarding our environment holistically and tackling the root causes behind why ourlanet is dyingTo see the rest of this review lease visit If we want a living world we have to act from the lace where the world is alive Charles Eisenstein I wasn t going to review this book because I like Charles Eisenstein and I appreciate what he s trying to do in general with his career to integrate humans better with the natural world With a spiritual bent Eisenstein has also inspired Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism people around the world to think creatively to open their hearts and to makeositive changes in their Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory personal lives For that he should be encouraged and applaudedSo when I found his book on climate change frustrating I was just going to let it go But after reading this uote from respected historian of science Naomi Oreskes I realized that I at least wanted to make a short comment on what I found mostroblematic about Eistenstein s climate book Science is not based on any individual no matter how smart that individual may be It s based on the collective wisdom the collective knowledge the collective work of all of the scientists who have worked on a Charming the Firefighter particularroblem This gets to Eisenstein s method which is eccentric in both the good and bad senses of the word It s good in that he offers original insights that just feel right on For example he comments that as a kid when he took car rides he noticed bugs splattered on the windshield than he does today This is a concrete sign that nature is dying because insects are such ancient and important inhabitants of the land This kind of simple but deep observation is where Eisenstein excelsWhere he excels less is in his long discussion of climate science I understand why he devotes dozens of ages to uestioning conventional science and listing footnotes of scholarly apers that few of his readers have heard of The first reason is just wishful thinking on his Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales part Eisenstein wants to appeal to climate skeptics who arerobably not going to read this book anyway His second reason is a stronger one and is essential to his whole approach of integrating humans with nature He wants to show that we should care about restoring water landscape "And Animals Than About "animals than about fossil fuels to fix the climateBut Eisenstein s freelance act as a smart dude who can think for himself enough to argue with climate scientists after all as he The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles points out he did study math at Yale falls flat Eisenstein is not a ualified PhD climatologist he doesn tlay one on TV and he shouldn t try to lay scientist in this book
Oreskes a expert on the history of science oints out valid science is not just about one smart dude who can read research reports and then come up with his own conclusions that are eually valid with a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for exampleOf course Eisenstein uestions the scientific establishment and doesn t seem to trust their conclusions So he seems to feel he s got as much right as anybody to correct the work he seems to feel he s got as much right as anybody to correct the work that establishmentBut I m not sold It s a lot to ask a reader to take my word for it even after resenting a bunch of arguments about science that the average reader won t be able or ualified to understandThere s a reason why society leaves brain surgery to the brain surgeons engineering to the engineers and climate science to the climatologists Ordinary smart eople with college degrees whether from the Ivy League or the Big Ten shouldn t be expected to uestion the conclusions of every technical fieldA large industrial civilization only works with a division of labor and trust in expertise Of course an ordinary citizen should think for herself and sometimes uestion experts But you need to rely on alternative expertise to do thatAnd listening to freelance self appointed experts who think they know better has already gotten the climate movement into enough trouble by giving science deniers especially oil company PR flacks air time than they deserveThe Hitler's First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War public is confused enough about climate science I wish that Eisenstein had submitted his whole footnoted section to aroper academic journal for eer review If he really believes that his conclusions will stand the test of evidence I hope he ll do that in the future Then I ll be open to what he has to say about scienceIn the meantime I m grateful for Eistenstein s creative hilosophy and his good heart and I hope he will continue to inspire readers to live good lives with all species in mind. Hey were a kid This refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and Žemyn galva į Australiją psychological connections androvides real actionable steps to caring for the earth Freeing ourselves from a war mentality and seeing the bigger icture of how everything from rison reform to saving the whales can contribute to our lanetary ecological health we resist reflexive ostures of solution and blame and reach toward the deep lace where commitment liv. ,as oreskes a