The End of the Long Summer
Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth
By Dianne Dumanoski
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307396099, 311pp.)
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
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The question is no longer simply how can we stop climate change, but how can we as a civilization survive it.
The guiding values of modern culture have become dangerously obsolete in this new era. Yet as renowned environmental journalist Dianne Dumanoski shows, little has been done to avert the crisis or to prepare human societies for a time of growing instability. In a work of astonishing scope, Dumanoski deftly weaves history, science, and culture to show how the fundamental doctrines of modern society have impeded our ability to respond to this crisis and have fostered an economic globalization that is only increasing our vulnerability at this critical time. She exposes the fallacy of banking on a last-minute technological fix as well as the perilous trap of believing that humans can succeed in the quest to control nature. Only by restructuring our global civilization based on the principles that have allowed Earth's life and our ancestors to survive catastrophe----diversity, redundancy, a degree of self-sufficiency, social solidarity, and an aversion to excessive integration----can we restore the flexibility needed to weather the trials ahead.
In this powerful and prescient book, Dumanoski moves beyond now-ubiquitous environmental buzzwords about green industries and clean energy to provide a new cultural map through this dangerous passage. Though the message is grave, it is not without hope. Lucid, eloquent, and urgent, "The End of the Long Summer" deserves a place alongside transformative works such as "Silent Spring" and "The Fate of the Earth."
"From the Hardcover edition.