16 January 2008

Global Climate Change: Imagining a Better World

I'm reading Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger. You'll remember them as the two who caused such controversy in the environmental community a few years ago.

I promise a more complete review later, but I have to quote a passage that speaks to the heart of Green Skeptic thinking about what's needed now -- a vision that is based on more rather than less. In short, a new imagining of a better world:

"Is it really so hard to imagine a world with healthy forests, a stable climate, and seven to ten billion people living in sustainable cities? How might history have turned out differently had we imagined the solution to global warming as unleashing rather than restricting human activity? What if we had conceptualized global warming not as the result of too much economic develoment but rather as the result of too little clean economic development?"

Amen, brothers.

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