Two Book Recommendations:

Here are two books worth reading related to climate change and the related factors of overpopulation and impacts on world food supplies.

The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World by Paul Gilding, former head of Greenpeace International and a member of the core faculty for Cambridge University’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership.   From the dust jacket:

“A global climate crisis–and with it, the end of economic growth–is not longer avoidable.  The Great Disruption began in 2008, with spiking food and oil prices alongside the starkest evidence yet of dramatic ecological change.  The mess we’re in, however, is not as simple as fossil fuels and carbon footprints.  We have come to the end of Economic Growth Version 1.0, a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we lived beyond the means of our planet’s resources.

The Great Disruption is a bracing, honest look at the challenge humanity faces, but it also offers a deeply optimistic message.  The coming decades will see loss, suffering, and conflict as our planetary overdraft is paid.  Yet they will also bring out the best humanity can offer: compassion, innovation, resilience, and adaptability.  The crisis will, inevitably, change our economic model and the way we live our lives.”

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity by Lester  R. Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute.  From the paperback edition cover:

“The world food situation is deteriorating.  Grain stocks have dropped to a dangerously low level.  The world food price index has doubled in one decade.  The ranks of the hungry are expanding.  Political unrest is spreading.  …

Could food become the weak link for us as it was for so many earlier civilizations?  Lester R. Brown, one of the leading environmentalists of our time, explains why world food supplies are tightening and what we need to do about.”

If you have read them and have a review or comments to provide, please add them to the comments block below!  Thanks!

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