Eaarth: Making Life Tough On A New Planet By Bill Mckibben

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Eaarth: making life tough on a new planet written by Bill Mckibben is one the most informative books that has been written about global warming. Mckibben is an author, educator but most importantly an environmentalist. In fact, he was one of the first people to warn the world about global warning. Some of his accomplishments include winning the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize in 2013 (Billmckibben.com). These 288 pages (published by Times Books) were just as impressive as his resume. The book highlights some of the most devastating impacts of global warming. The environmental changes such as melting of the polar icecaps, rising sea levels, increase in CO2, abnormal migration of species, storms being more violent than ever and etc have …show more content…
Ever election cycle the general public and political candidates put special emphasis on economics, not global warming. In the book, Mckibben talks about how the overvaluing our economy ironically serves detriment to economy in the end. I think this was one of the well-built points in the book. Mckibben sates that the whole economy is built on energy: The more energy you produce the more products you will make. Therefore, in order to do that, you consistently need more and more energy. Eventually drilling oil will become extremely expensive therefore, you need alterative and renewable energy for continuous economic growth. Moreover, with the average global temperature rising faster than ever, violent storms will be bigger and more frequent than ever. In consequence, this will lead to unpredictable costs, which the government will have to cover. Therefore, these natural disasters will have a more profound on the economy in the coming years than any banks or companies (Mckibben, 19.) I think this is a crucial take away from the book; we (as politicians and people) are not serious enough about climate change. It is more of afterthought in politics AND our daily lives. We global citizens need to take the "hunker down" and start making changes in our daily life before the earth starts to force them on us. The scientific facts presented by Mckibben all point to a path, which we do not want to …show more content…
The book shines light on seriousness global warming. This will affect not our grandchildren, but our children. The first half of the book is about the serious threat global warming, it is scary in the way it is written/presented. However, Mckibben leaves the readers with hope, which is important; people need to have hope as it serves as motivation to act. This book is a great read as it helps bring serious attention (needed) to global warming. Most people know global warming but they do not really care, this book really brings attention to the importance of acting now. It puts into perceptive the dire time we are in right

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