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Our Way Out: Principles for a Post-apocalyptic World
Global warming, energy shortages, overpopulation — it's no wonder that as a society, we're in an apocalyptic mood. Out of an endless stream of gloomy prognoses for humanity's future, we have emerged with little inspiration and few concrete ideas for change. Our Way Out is the first time that our most urgent global challenges have been treated as aspects of a single, larger ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by McClelland & Stewart
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I started this book at the end of October and it took me until the beginning of January to finish it. Not because of lack of time (I started and finished other books in the meantime) but because parts of it are incredibly dull and literally put me to sleep. That's not to say that there isn't some good stuff here -- there is, like de Villiers talking about localization. There's also some things I don't agree with --- advocating the use of nuclear power to fulfill our needs when oil "runs out".
Despite the title, this is not a book of doom and gloom. DeVilliers objectively examines our present and some of the elements of the past that led to it, and he creates a road map for the future. He outlines big problems with the environment, over population, farming practices, with governments and business leaders who do not understand or who willfully ignore the problems, and with citizens who feel uninvolved and helpless or unwilling to change - and he suggests and insists on big solutions. I ...more
Born in South Africa, Marq de Villiers is a veteran Canadian journalist and the author of thirteen books on exploration, history, politics, and travel, including Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource (winner of the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction). He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Moscow and through Eastern Europe and spent many years as editor and then publisher of Tor ...moreMore about Marq de Villiers...