Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward
David W. Orr
November 22, 2016
320 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
This gripping, deeply thoughtful book considers future of civilization in the light of what we know about climate change and related threats. David Orr, an award-winning, internationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability and environmental education, pulls no punches: even with the Paris Agreement of 2015, Earth systems will not reach a new equilibrium for centuries. Earth is becoming a different planet—more threadbare and less biologically diverse, with more acidic oceans and a hotter, more capricious climate. Furthermore, technology will not solve complex problems of sustainability.
Yet we are not fated to destroy the Earth, Orr insists. He imagines sustainability as a quest and a transition built upon robust and durable democratic and economic institutions, as well as changes in heart and mindset. The transition, he writes, is beginning from the bottom up in communities and neighborhoods. He lays out specific principles and priorities to guide us toward enduring harmony between human and natural systems.
“No one has thought more deeply about the great challenges of our time than David Orr. Dangerous Years is an erudite, impassioned, and deeply wise book.”—Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
“David Orr’s critique of today’s economic orthodoxy is devastating, and his case for doing it very differently, very urgently, is equally compelling.”—Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future