In my opinion if you are concerned "about the converging crises of the ecology and the economy and the social and political ills that "the converging crises of the ecology and the economy and the social and political ills that the modern world Charles Eisenstein is one of the most important voices out thereIn this book he dares to expand the conversation around climate change from one that is increas I ve been listening to Charles Eisenstein for a long time I ve ead most of his books and feel pretty much the same way about this one as I do The climate crisis isn t new and there isn t a one fits all cure or a miraculous technological solution if not there wouldn t be a crisis But Eisenstein s holistic perspectives in this book serve as urgent eminders of why every facet of society has to work towards the same goal A lot of drive has to start organically from ground up and I m appreciative of his views on the commercial aspects I wasn t going to eview this book because I like Charles Eisenstein and I appreciate what he s trying to do in general with his career to integrate humans better with the natural world With a spiritual bent Eisenstein has also inspired people around the world to think creatively to open their hearts and to make positive changes in their personal lives For that he should be encouraged and applaudedSo when I found his book on climate change frustrating I was just going to let it go But after eading this uote from espected historian of science Naomi Oreskes I ealized that I at least wanted to make a short comment on what I found most problematic about Eistenstein s climate book Science is not based on any individual no matter how smart that individual may be It s based on the collective wisdom the collective knowledge the collective work of all of the scientists who have worked on a particular problem This gets to Eisenstein s method which is eccentric in both the good and bad senses of the word It s good in that he offers original insights that just feel ight on For example he comments that as a kid when he took car Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes rides he noticed bugs splattered on the windshield than he does today This is a concrete sign that nature is dying because insects are such ancient and important inhabitants of the land This kind of simple but deep observation is where Eisenstein excelsWhere he excels less is in his long discussion of climate science I understand why he devotes dozens of pages to uestioning conventional science and listing footnotes of scholarly papers that few of hiseaders have heard of The first eason is just wishful thinking on his part Eisenstein wants to appeal to climate skeptics who are probably not going to ead this book anyway His second eason is a stronger one and is essential to his whole approach of integrating humans with nature He wants to show that we should care about estoring water landscape and animals than about cutting fossil fuels to fix the climateBut Eisenstein s freelance act as a smart dude who can think for himself enough to argue with climate scientists after all as he points out he did study math at Yale falls flat Eisenstein is not a ualified PhD climatologist he doesn t play one on TV and he shouldn t try to play scientist In This Book As this book a ualified expert on the history of science points out valid science is not just about one smart dude who can Darkness Light readesearch eports and then come up Flipping the script on climate change Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale eimagining of the framing tactics and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction With esearch and insight Charles Eisenstein details how the uantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our “fight” mentality With an entire chapter unpacking the climate change denier’s point of view he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions.
Charles Eisenstein Í 3 free eadNd opposite eaction Therefore without knowing the full extent and conseuences of our actions we can do something intended for positive outcomes but be completely unaware that this action has even harmful and detrimental effects that make the very situation we are attempting to improve even worseThe mindset of Interbeing euires us to understand that nature is alive and a subject not an object It means asking What does the land want What does the iver want What does the planet want uestions that seem crazy from the perspective of nature as thing Page 258Eisenstein goes on In that understanding we can no longer cut down forests and drain the swamps dam Not Handsome Enough rivers and fragment ecosystems withoads dig pit mines and drill gas wells with impunityTo do so damages the whole body of nature just as if you cut off a person s limb or emoved an organ The well being of all depends
the well being of each We cannot cut down one here and plant another there assuring ourselves through the calculus of net CO2 that we have done no damage How do we know we have not emoved an organUntil we can know it we d best Busy Park refrain from committing further ecocide on any scale Each intact estuaryiver forest and wetlands that Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know remains to us we must treat as sacred whileestoring whatever we can Pages 258 259In the final pages of this book Eisenstein lists almost 20 practical bold and far GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany reaching policy changes to promote and change our current system Story from one of Separation to a New Story of InterbeingHe concludes The vision of a Green World is not fantasy nor however isealistic What it is is possible It The Confederate Privateers reuires each one of us to dedicate ourselves unreasonably and with no guarantee of success to our uniue form of service Iteuires that we trust our knowing that a healed world a green world a beautiful world is truly possible Page 278I highly Big Bad Detective Agency recommend this book to anyone who is dreaming of and wants to participate in the transformation of our current society and world to the society and world of our highest future possibilities and potential Eisenstein s greatest work to date Completelyeframed my understanding of climate change So grateful for this book and Charles work writing it My partner suggested that I stop The Placer reading this book because I was bitching abouteading it I feel like this treads very familiar ground for most social justice and nonwestern thought aware people especially if they pay attention to non white points of view we are connected to the earth the earth is full of complex interdependent "Systems There Now You Don T Have To Read This "There now you don t have to Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism read this important New Age faux academic book by a privileged spiritualist Read Emergent Strategy Shaping Change Changing Worlds instead Bonus points for mention of chemtrails and studying math as a Yale undergrad Charles Eisenstein s book Climate A New Story is full of compassion and insight about human alienation from the natural world that has led to our current climate crisis His is fundamentally a book of philosophy that challengeseaders to The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, reevaluate many widely held cultural beliefs and assumptions that could very well end up killing us and everything on the planet Philosophy books are not easy toead Readers must be willing to Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness read carefully and to do some serious selfeflection to fully understand this book Only then can we. Hey were a kid This efocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides eal actionable steps to caring for the earth Freeing ourselves from a war mentality and seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison eform to saving the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health we esist eflexive postures of solution and blame and each toward the deep place where commitment liv. Ith his own conclusions that are eually valid with a eport from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for exampleOf course Eisenstein uestions the scientific establishment Panel on Climate Change for exampleOf course Eisenstein uestions the scientific establishment doesn t seem to trust their conclusions So he seems to feel he s got as much ight as anybody to correct the work of that establishmentBut I m not sold It s a lot to ask a eader to take my word for it even after presenting a bunch of arguments about science that the average eader won t be able or ualified to understandThere s a eason why society leaves brain surgery to the brain surgeons engineering to the engineers and climate science to the climatologists Ordinary smart people with college degrees whether from the Ivy League or the Big Ten shouldn t be expected to uestion the conclusions of every technical fieldA large industrial civilization only works with a division of labor and trust in expertise Of course an ordinary citizen should think for herself and sometimes uestion experts But you need to ely on alternative expertise to do thatAnd listening to freelance self appointed experts who think they know better has already gotten the climate movement into enough trouble by giving science deniers especially oil company PR flacks air time than they deserveThe public is confused enough about climate science I wish that had "submitted his whole section to a proper academic journal for peer Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris review If heeally "his whole footnoted section to a proper academic journal for peer Letters to Rollins review If heeally that his conclusions will stand the test of evidence I hope he ll do that in the future Then I ll be open to what he has to say about scienceIn the meantime I m grateful for Eistenstein s creative philosophy and his good heart and I hope he will continue to inspire Britain, Europe And The Third World readers to live good lives with all species in mind If we want a living world we have to act from the place where the world is alive Charles Eisenstein Firstly a warning this is going to be a longeview In fact this book has taken me someone who can Scotland Yard read two books a day with no problem nine months toead Why has it taken me this long And why have I stuck at it Simply because like the climate change debate this book is complicated nuanced and fascinating and it deserves to be carefully ead and its discussions and conclusions properly considered It eframes the whole climate change debate in different non binary terms It tries as much as possible to be impartial It uestions everything and names its sources inviting This has been both one of the most challenging and disturbing books and the most visionary compassionate and holistic writings on climate environment Humanity and our Species that I have ever Unverified: A Novel readHaving previously adopted a mechanistic and uantitative approach to climate change and global warming Charles Eisenstein s invitation to consider our world andelationships through a different narrative one of Interbeing instead of Separation challenged the very place from which I had found and believed there was hope of Grand Teton Explorers Guide reversing global warming and saving our Planet and SpeciesEisenstein outlined many examples of climate change solutions and environmental action that perhaps we once believed were good for us and the world that laterevealed unintended and harmful conseuences In other words Eisenstein s perspective UFO Crash at Roswell: The Genesis of a Modern Myth reminds me of Newton s third law For every action there is an eual To see the broader picture beyond our short sighted and incomplete approach Theivers forests and creatures of the natural and material world are sacred and valuable in their own Peig: The Autobiography of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island right not simply for carbon credits or preventing the extinction of one species versus another After all when you ask someone why they first became an environmentalist they’re likely to point to theiver they played in the ocean they visited the wild animals they observed or the trees they climbed when ,on the well being of each We cannot cut down one