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Three profound transformations are under way on Earth: climate change, urbanization and biotechnology. Climate change is finally pushing us towards recognizing the need to manage the planet as a whole. With half the world's population now living in cities - a figure that is rising fast - urbanization is altering profoundly humanity's land impact and wealth. And biotechnology is becoming the world's leading engineering tool.
In response to these seismic changes - and the challenges they create - Brand argues that the environmental movement must reverse some of its long-held opinions, and embrace tools and disciplines that it has traditionally distrusted - such as science and engineering - in order to forestall the cataclysmic deterioration of the earth's resources.
Whole Earth Discipline shatters a number of environmental myths, and presents some radical, counterintuitive observations - cities are actually greener than the countryside, nuclear power is the future of energy, and genetic engineering is the key to crop and land management. With a combination of scientific rigor and blazing advocacy, Brand reveals us exactly where the sources of our dilemmas lie and offers a bold and creative set of policies and solutions for producing a more sustainable society.
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A rich, compelling guide to how old wisdom can combine with new technologies. --New Statesman
Thoroughly exhilarating... It's one of those books that you want to press on people and insist they read... Whole Earth Discipline doesn't present itself as the only road map, but I doubt you'll encounter a more entertaining or thought-provoking one. --Independent
Environmentalism has a worthy prophet, Stewart Brand, and a bible, Whole Earth Discipline... Entertaining and thought-provoking... I can see it being quoted thirty years from now. --Financial Times
A landmark book...Illuminating. --Scotsman
Brand offers his own vision of caring for ecosystems even as we transform them - adopting lessons from everyone from Native Americans to modern, scientifically informed restoration projects... [A] wise book. --Guardian
Stewart Brand trained originally as an ecologist. His legendary Whole Earth Catalogue (1968-1985) won the US National Book Award in 1972. Brand, whose previous books include The Media Lab, How Buildings Learn, and The Clock of the Long Now, is president and cofounder of the Long Now Foundation and co-founder of the Global Business Network.
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