|The End of Nature
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There are plants on this earth as old as civilization. Not species individual plants.
Bill McKibben, The End of Nature, (New York: Anchor Books, 1989; 1999 edition).
Are we aware enough to realize and respond to the facts that we have purchased our extinction?
The fallacy of misplaced concreteness:
these floods and forest fires and heat waves dont seem to be spurring
much demand for change. One reason may be the intuitive sense that in
some ways it is too late to do anything about it at all--
.In a way,
this intuition is completely correct: its far too late to stop global
warming. All we can do is make it less bad than it will otherwise be.
part of the chemistry of global warming involves feedback loops
the idea that as you raise the temperature you cause changes that
will raise the temperature even more."
to figure out how to make ourselves smaller, less central.
that drove me to write this book in the first place has not really lifted.
We didn't create this world, but we are busy decreating it.
This buzzing, blooming, mysterious, cruel, lovely globe of mountain, sea, city forest; of fish and wolf and bug and man; of carbon and hydrogen and nitrogen it has come unbalanced in out short moment on it. Its mostly us now.