Wednesday, February 20, 2008

THE END OF NATURE BY BILL MCKIBBEN


Originally published in 1989, Bill McKibben's predictions were surprisingly ahead of his time. This edition was published in 2006 with a new introduction by the author. It is an eye-opening, jaw-dropping, thought-provoking book, one that belongs on the reading table of everyone concerned about birds, the environment, or the future of life on earth.

McKibben argues that ‘The End of Nature’ is not the actually cessation of the natural world, but instead shows how, through global warming, nature is now a thing wrought by humans. It illustrates with chilling clarity how we have interfered with the natural order of things to the point that the very weather itself is no longer a ‘natural phenomenon’ but a man-made event that has no seasons or cycles, nor has any bounds for its intensity and capability for destruction.

McKibben’s writing style is accessible and pleasurable to read, even though the subject matter is sometimes depressing or disturbing. Neither scientifically dry nor particularly witty, it is nonetheless a voice well suited to the topic. Books like this need to be accessible and hold one’s interest, and he does a masterful job.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to know how we got in the mess of global warming without all the scientific jargon, stats, charts, and graphs. McKibben tells the plain truth and tells it well. It is the first book I've read on the subject and I'm glad I started here. I feel well prepared to read others now, with a good basic background to help me assimilate more information on it and also receptive to suggestions on how I can change my lifestyle so as not to be a contributer to the problem.

Go buy it. Read it. Share it with your friends and family. It will make you want to become more personally involved in trying saving the future of our world.

For those who like to know more about the author, pleas visit his website:

http://www.billmckibben.com/

And be sure to check out his extensive listing of links to orgs and groups dedicated to combating global warming—it’s so amazing that it’s almost intimidating!



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