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How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth
     

How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth

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by Hervé Kempf
 

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ISBN-10: 1603580352

ISBN-13: 2901603580358

Pub. Date: 09/15/2008

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Bringing to bear decades of experience as a leading environmental journalist, Herve Kempf describes the invincibility that many of the world's wealthy feel in the face of global warming and other ecological disasters, and how their unchecked privilege is thwarting action on the most vexing problems facing our world. Kempf deftly illuminates the links between global

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Bringing to bear decades of experience as a leading environmental journalist, Herve Kempf describes the invincibility that many of the world's wealthy feel in the face of global warming and other ecological disasters, and how their unchecked privilege is thwarting action on the most vexing problems facing our world. Kempf deftly illuminates the links between global ecology and global economy, describing the alarming disparity between the millions of engaged citizens around the world who are trying to do right by the planet-recognizing that we're all in the same boat-and the world's economic elites-who continue to benefit by plundering the environment because they have access to "lifeboats" that insulate them from the resulting catastrophes.

About the Author:
Herve Kempf is the environmental editor of Le Monde, France's most influential daily newspaper, and the founder of Reporterre, a Web site devoted to discussion about the environment and social justice. He lives in France

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ISBN-13:
2901603580358
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
140

Table of Contents


Foreword   Greg Palast     vii
Preface     xi
Catastrophe. And Then What?     1
Environmental Crisis, Social Crisis     26
The Powerful of This World     44
How the Oligarchy Exacerbates the Ecological Crisis     60
Democracy in Danger     75
Emergency and Optimism     97
Epilogue: At the Planet Cafe     101
Notes     107

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How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Willp More than 1 year ago
Hervé Kempf is Le Monde's environmental editor. In his foreword, US journalist Greg Palast reminds us that the great green guru Al Gore pushed through the North American Free Trade Agreement and ran Clinton's crusade against safety and environmental rules. Kempf shows us what a disaster the present world order is. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation notes that 925 million people are undernourished, and two billion suffer food shortages. One billion people live in slums. Capitalism misuses our resources across the world. He notes, "the global oligarchy wants to get rid of democracy and the civil rights and public liberties that constitute its substance." So now states criminalise protest, constantly watch us all, extend police powers and normalise torture. We live in a permanent state of emergency. As he sums up, 'Capitalism no longer needs democracy'; it was just a useful cover during the Cold War. He points out that the media express the views and interests of the ruling class. For example, the French media during the campaign on the EU Constitution insulted opponents of the proposed Constitution - that is, the majority of the French people - as xenophobes and fascists. He also denounces the absurd idea that capitalism's 'invisible hand' will bring peace and wealth for us all, as in some modern cargo cult.