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The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World

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It's time to stop just worrying about climate change, says Paul Gilding. Instead, we need to brace for impact, because global crisis is no longer avoidable; we have come to the end of a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we live beyond the means of our planet's resources. The Great Disruption offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity fa ...more
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Published February 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury Press (first published 2011)
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"Sustainability, or meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, depends on making sure humanity does not use more ecological resources than nature can regenerate. The Global Footprint Network estimates that in the early 1960s, the human species consumed about 50% of the Earth's natural resource capacity. By the mid 1980s, the scale of human activity on the planet reached 100% of the Earth's capacity, and was trending steadily upward. Now, because of continued high global population growth rates and higher consumption patterns, the total anthropogenic (human species) demand on our planet is approximately 140% of its long term capacity."(less)
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Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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For those who are truly interested in how the coming crisis will unfold, read The End of Growth instead of this incomplete analysis.

The author makes a lot of really great points and presents some very compelling information, but his arguments are all over the place, unorganized, and often contradictory. He often comes very close to hitting on logical points, but, in many cases, falls short of identifying the real underlying problems and realistic solutions for them. Although his main points abou
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction-read
Gilding's premise is that the current "system" (economy and culture based on continuous growth and the accumulation of "stuff") is unsustainable and must be replaced by one that is sustainable (steady state economy with redistribution of wealth and a focus on personal development, human relationships, and community). Using climate change as an example of how the current system is dysfunctional, he points out that we are currently using 1.4 planets worth of resources to fuel the growth of our eco ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the last five years I have read a lot of books about climate change, peak oil and the economic outlook caused by these events. In the past I would be filled with a sense of dread over the coming global changes. Now it seems that authors are trying to give us a sense of hope rather than despair. They tell us that, yes, the Earth has changed for good due to human activity, but all is not lost, things will actually be better in the long run when we are forced to change our ways. This book falls ...more
Steve H
Gilding is evidently in between the strong environmentalist and climate change denying camps. He's worked for Greenpeace but has also been an environmental consultant for many a major corporation. So, I tend to think of him as coming from a somewhat fair and balanced place.

This book is disturbing in its implications that climate change as well as issues related to overpopulation and overconsumption will have dramatic and inevitable impacts on the world, its environment, its species, and our econ
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: climate-change
Well good in parts.
His basic premise is that as things get truly awful government, business and the general population will then go into full gear combating climate change. The effort will be as fierce as the American, British and Russian (although can't remember him saying Russian) effort during WW2.

I'm not so sure.

The depths vested interests will go to save their position is pretty damn low. You could make out a case that it is not so much a WW2 response that is instructive but rather the re
Amy Flaherty
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard of this book on NPR and was intrigued because it was a book about the next 20-50 years that was not completely doom and gloom. Much different than the usual "run for the hills and raise hogs and chickens" type of message. The author is a veteran environmentalist who has actually put his money where his mouth is several times. He writes of his personal struggle with the change in the environment but then also how he has worked with many of the "game changers" such as the CEO's of large co ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you no longer need argument and proof that the resources of this planet are finite skip to chapter 16. The author's premise from that point on is that the imminent catastrophic events that will precipitate the meltdown of our ecosystem as well as our civilization will jolt us into a mode of hyper-focused activity and creativity that he compares (relentlessly) to the war effort in America and Britain during WWII. This pulling together will then guarantee the human race a triumphant emergence o ...more
Please read this book. Gilding makes the most coherent argument that I have read about the interconnections between capitalism, peak energy, and climate change, including several basic arguments that would ideally be understood by everyone.
1) The capitalist expectation of infinite economic growth is unsustainable because it cannot surpass the natural limits of the Earth.
2) Because our capitalist society is based on growth, significant social and economic destabilization will occur when those nat
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
We have much more than climate change to worry about. The unraveling of the global economy due to limits on growth which the environment is placing on the system (peak oil, overfishing, lack of irrigation water for food crops, etc) is the other Big Problem which we are beginning to face. Paul Gilding thinks that things will get much worse before we finally "get it" and get to work on facing these predicaments. He assumes that once the majority finally sees the problems they will pressure governm ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
No mas!! This was "the great disruption" to my reading zen. I could only make it to page 64. I was very, very disappointed with this book. I had heard an interview with the author on NPR and he was stimulating. This book is a poorly organized rant and all over the place with gratuitous information about his personal life and belaboring a point and going down streets and alleys of irrelvant information and a myriad of metrics. He has too much passion and tries too hard to make his point that the ...more
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