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Posted May 8, 2005
'Wisdom for a Livable Planet' highlights the incredible environmental contributions of eight people in various fields. It gives a sense of the breadth of environmentalism today, while uniting all eight of the book's subjects in their resolve to fight against the overwhelming forces of anti-environmentalism found in our political and academic institutions today. Why is it so hard to fight to protect our planet? Because most of us see everything through the filter of economics which treats the environment as a commodity. Until leaders (political, educational, and spiritual) understand the importance of defending our environment, until they spread the word of living within the context of our environment, we are doomed to destroy ourselves. Those leaders could start by educating themselves with this book. I think everyone should read it. I even donated a copy to my local library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2005
The grandest challenge of all grand challenges since the beginning of humankind will take place in this next century, the race to save the Earth and all of its inhabitants from the destructive ways of human beings; the race to save ourselves from ourselves. To succeed, a sea change will have to take place in our collective consciousness. All that we once believed was good -- growth, luxury, prosperity -- will need to be revealed for the poisoned apples they are. We are so far from this revelation, indeed, it seems at times we are fanning the flames of our own funeral pyre, that salvation seems far- fetched and hopeless, until you read McDaniel's book. Turn the pages and you will see, planetary consciousness has begun and there are heroic figures leading the way. McDaniel profiles eight of them. The world and members of our Congress see these people as fanatical left-wing extemists and 'tree huggers', much like the prevailing public opinions of Martin Luther, Galileo, the Abolitionists, the Suffragettes and Martin Luther King, in their respective historical settings. There is a glimpse of hope in the natural human tendency to seek out and latch onto a heroic figure in times of crisis. Peek through the eyes of McDaniel's eight visionaries and see a worldview for planetary survival.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.