There Is No Planet B Summary Í 2

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There Is No Planet B Summary Í 2 ☆ We all know deep down that these are the 'make or break' years for humanity and the planet and that we cannot flee to another world but what can any of us really do about it There Is No Planet B has many of the answers laid out in an accessible and entertaining way and filled with astonishing statistics and analyLed with astonishing statistics and analysis Framed around the key fascinating uestions it offers a big picture perspective on our biggest environmental and economic challenges including energy climate change food hunger recycling biodiversity plastic pollution and antibio. There Is No Planet B is an excellent climate change call to action reference guide It is organized around a “there are no dumb uestions” structure and it offers both a lot of admirable number crunching and what often struck me as refreshingly frank answers On overpopulation for example Berners Lee notes that if people have no children but spend money they might otherwise have spent on raising kids on jet setting around the globe the planet does not win He also admirably focuses on balloon effects such as how efficiency without constraint always leads to greater demands made on the environment Although I've read my fair share of these books I still learned a lot The examination of energy for instance looks not only at our current energy needs but also projects what our energy needs might be in 2100 I don't think I'd seen a comparative analysis of the efficiency of electrified bicycles before There is No Planet B is an excellent overview the sort that is worth keeping on a handy shelf as a reference guide For readers who have already consumed a lot of this content There Is No Planet B reminded me of Monbiot’s Heat McKay's Sustainability Without the Hot Air and Paul Hawken's DrawdownA final note I've often found conservative intransigence on this subject frustrating but perhaps they correctly intuit that these ideas implicitly reveal their values have become in some ways awful But I also see why liberals so often look for moderate policies; at one point Berners Lee argues there's no reason for people to live in detached homes rather than row houses a tough sell I think The final section of this book calls for 21st century values which often recalled Rutger Bregman’s Utopia for Realists

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We all know deep down that these are the 'make or break' years for humanity and the planet and that we cannot flee to another world but what can any of us really do about it There Is No Planet B has many of the answers laid out in an accessible and entertaining way and fil. Disappointingly this “handbook” on the world’s most important issue bar none saving the planet has left me no better educated and really uite irritated by the preachy tone and naive going on delusional view of humanity of the author If these are the answers we are doomed I’ve always been pretty green I reduce reuse recycle spend thoughtfully abhor waste and worry about climate change Like most I could do and was looking for realistic ideas but didn’t find much hereBroken down into chapters starting with food supplies then energy use transport technology etc this started well and I found his writing style initially engaging but found the tendency to give an extreme example to prove or disprove every theory just confusing rather than amusing and it meant the salient points got lost amongst the silliness He does at least propose goals for individuals to make a difference such as reducing meat and dairy consumption minimising flying buying an ebike etc but there is nothing new or originalUnfortunately for my trust in the whole book he doesn’t even touch on the most important issue of all population control until well past halfway and then only to suggest that 15 billion people could be okay as long as we all lived frugally and harmoniously He whispers once that people should only have children if they really want them and proclaims his virtue at having stopped at two without daring to suggest that this is what everyone should do I’m sorry but I’m with David Attenborough that it’s time for a One Child World He seems perfectly fine with Africa heading for 2 billion people with no way to feed them other than the Americas shipping over their excess Sometimes I think Thanos had the right idea and that half the population disappearing painlessly would be the best solution rather than the famine displacement war storms floods fires and mudslides that are coming due to our unsustainably enlarging population On balance humankind may be unsaveable but it’s the thought that all the tigers whales polar bears frogs penguins bees and the rest will be gone too that breaks my heartHe states that a couple choosing not to have children so they can go on skiing holidays is just as bad for the planet as those who do reproduce but unlike all the other unintended conseuences and there was a lot on rebound effects of various interventions at least that couple’s harm is finite and ends with them other people don’t have children because others haven’t they have as many as they canwant for themselves who will have and every generation uses resourcesHe then goes really off topic to talk about how unpleasant prisons are and how much better the Norwegian system is because it makes prison a nice place to be He claims not to align with any particular political colour but he’s basically a complete Watermelon NB in NZ as in the UK unlike the USA red is the colour of the left and this guy is to the left of Corbin and Sanders He’s a proponent of the Universal Basic Income or Citizen’s Wage despite good evidence that it’s a failure and despite espousing democracy as the best political system has beliefs that sound like good old fashioned communism I do expect that your opinion of this book would be hea

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There Is No Planet BTics just to name a few Whether you are an everyday concerned citizen or a policy maker this is a handbook of what we might actually do in order to help improve the lot of humanity on this our only planet This is a practical guide student read and reference guide all in on. This book is an interesting mixture of facts figures graphs and prognoses about climate change and our planet with a bit of zen philosophy thrown in I can see why some reviewers say that the author is naive and the stuff about 21st century thinking skills intrinsic values and a global covenant sorry I do not see that happening came across a tad soft at first Fascinating info about the effects of climate change and renewable energy sources being unevenly spread among countriessort of like fossil fuel resources are now However the I think about it the it seems that Mr Berners Lee is right The shift in thinking that we need to save the planet will not happen without the prereuisites mentioned by him looking at the big picture putting every piece of information into context and perspective understanding suppy chains and the impact of our shopping choices calling out liars and obfuscators etc We simply need to become discerning consumers of both stuff and information Come to think of it it is amazing that Mr Berners Lee manages to maintain a somewhat positive outlook given what he knows about the past and likely future behaviour of mankinduote Although we wiped out some other species we have broadly got away with treating the world as a big sturdy playground Suddenly it is fragile The playground will break unless we dramatically change the way we play in it