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Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

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Every problem facing humanity, from poverty to violent conflict over resources, is exacerbated by a ballooning human population – and so is every problem facing nature, including ecosystem loss, species extinctions, and climate chaos. But why is the demographic explosion and its effects ignored by policymakers and the media? Why do important people within the global ...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Goff Books
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Becky
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A book that I will definitely pick up again and recommend.

I really wish that this issues was addressed and talked about a lot more. I wish people heard as much about overpopulation and overdevelopment as they do about issues like breastfeeding in public, or the anti-vaccination debate.

It just seems like this is a topic that is often swept under the rug of denial.
Ariadna73
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing


To try to enjoy life when you are surrounded by pollution and all that human crap is one of the saddest things we as human beings are condemned to do. Even billionaires with all their wealth, are prisoners in their clean bubbles, no matter how pristine and spacious. The sad reality is that we are so many people in this planet, and we are contaminating at such high rate, that we are pretty much breathing our own waste all the time. We have known nothing better, and our descendants will know
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Pooja
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Climate Change is a growing threat. Our actions in next 20 years will determine the future of the neglected animals in the planet and ours too.

This book with eye-opening pictures demonstrates the problems when humans go overboard with development without hesitating to destroy the nature.
Melissa Dally
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I have seen the future, it is completely terrifying. It's hard to read this, hard to see what we're doing to our beloved home, but unless we get the word out, we're all doomed.
M - The long hot spell
Wow. Wow. Wow.

This is a large and heavy book that for the most part lets pictures taken around the world tell the earths story. Our story. And it shows where we are going wrong. The message is hard-hitting and has never been more necessary.

I thoroughly recommend this and I’m going to tell you a few quotes from the book and simply leave it at that.

“It is through the sheer mass of society, not simply from malevolence, that the rising human tide has become deadly to the rest of life. The collective
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Rita
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly beautiful, incredibly sad book, this is the story of the stunningly gorgeous, rich planet we were given. Bloated humanity will be the ending of this story, our lives, and all the unfortunate flora and fauna along with us.
Garry Rogers
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book, “Over,” illustrates the human impact on nature with a set of magnificent photographs. In sequence, the photographs first show how we are damaging the planet and then they show the beauty that can be ours if we want to fight for it.

The beautifully written essays that accompany the photos discuss the consequences of feeding the 10 billion or more people the United Nations projects will be alive by this century’s end. The authors explain that producing enough food will require conversion
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Yvonne S
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I could, I would give this book ten stars and mandate that every person on Earth read it. As soon as possible. Chanced upon it at my public library and sat with it there for several hours, turning the pages and meditating on its images and message. Beautiful and disturbing; essential. Heavy, both literally and in its emotional and intellectual impact.
Stephen M. Theriault
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome and very scary. I highly recommend anyone who wants to understand the reality of our perilous planet.
Jed (John) Edwards
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This seems to me an unlikely format (at 34 x 31 x 4 cm, and 7 pounds) for a book with an important message about the incompatibility of a cherished capitalist notion that economic growth is necessary and must continue indefinitely with the reality of a finite world with finite space for people, finite resources, and a need to preserve some wildness on the earth. Sandwiched by essays of William Ryerson and Eileen Crist, the lavishly produced pages of color photographs are emblazoned with ...more
Florence Millo
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment
Depressing.
Chuck
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Horrifying and necessary but the overheated rhetoric and mythological silliness are off-putting.
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A book really worth-reading for all of you who call yourself human.
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“It is through the sheer mass of society, not simply from malevolence, that the rising human tide has become deadly to the rest of life. The collective weight of a bloated humanity has dire ecological and social consequences. Every pressing problem, from poverty and malnutrition to biodiversity loss and climate change, is linked to human numbers and behaviour. In aggregate, the prosaic actions of people—eating, manufacturing, polluting, shopping, warring—have made our species the functional equivalent of a geological force, able to affect even the global life support systems and climate in which our species evolved.” 0 likes
“We have geared the machines and locked all together into interdependence; we have built the great cities; now there is no escape. We have gathered vast populations incapable of free survival, insulated from the strong earth, each person in himself helpless, on all dependent. The circle is closed, and the net is being hauled in, They hardly feel the cords drawing.” 0 likes
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