Alan Weisman: Countdown - Reading and Book Signing at Crossroads
Friday, 11 October, 2013 | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Reading and Q and A at the Prescott College Crossroads Center with book signing to follow
Also, don't miss: Saturday, October 12, Noon—Panel Discussion 'How to Write and teach about the Environment without Succumbing to Despair,' with Alan Weisman, Tom Fleischner and Tony Brown, at the Peregrine Book Company 219A N. Cortez Prescott, AZ 86301
In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity’s constant pressures. Behind that ground-breaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to his vision of a restored healthy planet—only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature.
But with a million more of us every 4 ˝ days on a planet that’s not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to 21 countries to ask four questions that experts agreed were probably the most important on Earth—and also the hardest. Yet, he figured, we must try to answer them, if we want to have a world with us.
In Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? [Little, Brown and Company; September 24, 2013; $28.00; hardcover] Weisman seeks answers to questions like, How many humans can our planet reasonably sustain? If, in order to insure human survival, we have to avoid growing to 10 billion—or even reduce our numbers from ourcurrent 7 billion—is there an acceptable, nonviolent way to convince the world’s people that it’s in their best interest to do so? How much, and which, species and ecosystems are required to maintain human life? And how, if necessary, will we design an economy for a shrinking population, then for a stable one—that is, an economy that can prosper without depending on constant growth?
By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Alan Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny.
Friday, 11 October, 2013
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM