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Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    This compelling book asks the most important question, How many

    This compelling book asks the most important question, How many people can this country/earth hold? and answers it by taking the reader on an in depth journey to 21 countries. Even though the answer is that we need about 5 billion less of us to survive, there are bright spots in the book, Iran and Thailand have done what others need to do.. have a campaign to humanely drastically reduce birthrates. In a not so subtle but fair way Weisman depicts those who are insisting on ONLY working to reduce our consumption as playing a fool's game with our future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

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    Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite Countdown by Ala

    Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

    Countdown by Alan Weisman is a cogent, thorough, impeccably researched wake up call to our human race, teetering on the brink of impending extinction due to overpopulation and over-consumption. Apart from presenting a compelling argument that we must curb our natural instinct to proliferate or face a planet too exhausted to support us all, Weisman takes his audience on a virtual world tour of overpopulated, over-consuming nations and simultaneously explains a complex, multi-layered problem in common sense modules that even the non-scientifically minded can understand. 

    The text, read by veteran stage and television actor Adam Grupper in a steady voice that is appropriately solemn but never dull, is written in an armchair tourist style that fascinates even as it educates. In examining the myriad cultural and philosophical barriers to replacement-level reproduction, Alan Weisman offers many valuable insights into the path that led us to our present dilemma and even goes so far as to point out some possible courses of action which might allow humanity to survive for thousands of years more in total harmony with the natural world which sustains us.

    The current situation is grave: at present, the human race is adding an additional one million people to its ranks every four and one-half days. We are already well past the projected number of inhabitants the earth can comfortably sustain and growing so fast that, without custom-tailored hybridization of crops and artificial fertilizers engineered to increase yield, we would already be a species in decline. There are a number of possible solutions, some very easy but none of them popular - it seems that the intelligence which distinguishes us from other animals also prevents us from being able to fully comprehend the extent or urgency of the problems facing our survival.

    Countdown is a very real glimpse of a planet crumbling under the sheer weight of the mass of humanity currently consuming resources faster than nature can replenish them. In Countdown, Alan Weisman has crafted a rousing call to action in the face of a dire prophecy we may yet outrun if only we are willing to listen and to act responsibly so that future generations may live in abundance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    BLOOD CLAN IS WEAK

    AND PUNY AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Darkstar

    He ran in, "I forgot! I forgot, it slipped my mind! Blazeclan doesn't usually do Gatherings! We are sorry!" He dipped his head.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Fawnheart

    "Oh im sorry for interputting ill leave now." *I start to pad to the forest.*

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Eyes

    Watched the gathering and blinked nervously.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Redstripe

    No problem nether does boulderclan

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Lilywolf ORGINAL PACT CLANS

    Ahh good to know someone likes my idea. But never forget I made the original pact clans. I find it a little annoying that you didn't ask if it was okay but whatever. I figured Blazeclan would start something like this anyway. ~ Lilywolf, PACT CLAN CREATOR AND ORGANIZER

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Heathertail

    Tell me about your self

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Scarletfang

    Waited.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Res 12

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Icestorm

    He sat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Starynight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Skystar & Co.

    "Oh, you were just looking sad at camp." Jaguarflare meowed, running his tail down her spine.

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