Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward

Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward

by David W. Orr


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A leading environmental thinker takes a hard look at the obstacles and possibilities on the long road to sustainability  

This gripping, deeply thoughtful book considers future of civilization in the light of what we know about climate change and related threats. David Orr, an award-winning, internationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability and environmental education, pulls no punches: even with the Paris Agreement of 2015, Earth systems will not reach a new equilibrium for centuries. Earth is becoming a different planet—more threadbare and less biologically diverse, with more acidic oceans and a hotter, more capricious climate. Furthermore, technology will not solve complex problems of sustainability.
Yet we are not fated to destroy the Earth, Orr insists. He imagines sustainability as a quest and a transition built upon robust and durable democratic and economic institutions, as well as changes in heart and mindset. The transition, he writes, is beginning from the bottom up in communities and neighborhoods. He lays out specific principles and priorities to guide us toward enduring harmony between human and natural systems.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300234602
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,170,824
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David W. Orr is Counselor to the President and Paul Sears Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Oberlin College. Prominent in the creation of the Green Campus movement, he cofounded the Meadowcreek Project, the Oberlin Project, and the journal Solutions.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Prologue: The Road to Montana xv

1 A Perfect Storm 1

2 The Challenges of Sustainability 14

3 Resilience 22

4 The Problem of Denial 35

5 Economy 45

6 Governance 76

7 Mind 99

8 Heart 116

9 The Long Revolution 139

10 Sustainable Democracy? 183

11 Cities in a Hotter Time 202

12 The Oberlin Project 218

Afterword 233

Notes 235

Index 287

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