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Stop Saving the Planet!: An Environmentalist Manifesto

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"Pithy, funny, exasperated, and informed…You cannot read a more important hundred pages than Stop Saving the Planet!" —Richard White, author of The Republic for Which It Stands

We’ve been "saving the planet" for decades!…And environmental crises just get worse. All this hybrid driving and LEED building and carbon trading seems to accomplish little to nothing—and low-income
Paperback, 144 pages
Expected publication: April 20th 2021 by W. W. Norton Company
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Lisa Eckstein
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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STOP SAVING THE PLANET! argues that too much of the conversation about environmental crises focuses on individual consumer actions, when the problems can only be solved at a systemic level. In this opinionated, accessible book, Price calls for corporate accountability, a reframing of environmentalist movements, and a more thoughtful accumulation of stuff. It's a great introduction to concepts like environmental inequality and greenwashing, but even those familiar with the subjects will find new ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
A book that made a lot of great, and easily verifiable, points, but given the prestige associated with the author, I honestly expected...more.

Yes, all of Price’s positions are true and offer a very useful perspective on environmentalism. Consumerism and the banner of “personal responsibility” isn't going to fix the environmental crisis. Major corporations are the worst offenders and major environmental groups are not making much progress in curbing that. The people that need to show up aren’t a
Amy Feldman
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Stop Saving the Planet is a short, accessible and insightful read about environmentalism and climate change. It's a subject I'd long wondered about (how valuable are individual actions if corporations and government policy don't change significantly too), and so I'm glad the subject is being addressed in a short, non-academic text. It also tackles the subject on a broader issue, such as how social deprivation is intertwined with environmentalism, which is a hugely important conversation to be ha ...more
Jenn Singer
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Stop Saving the Planet is a refreshing look at the direction environmentalism has gone in our culture. It was striking to look at how some of the government's environmental actions have actually done more harm than good. It started to explore subjects like how economics play into environmentalism and why people hate righteous environmentalist. Throughout the whole read, you could clearly hear the author’s voice. Prices have a uniquely snarky perspective that was energizing.
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Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Stop Saving the Planet! is a thought-provoking and insightful read about key issues with “environmentalists” and our desperate (and failed) attempts to save the planet.

I respect this book for fearlessly calling out everything that is wrong with environmentalism. I really admired Price’s ability to taking difficult to understand topics and condense them to short segments. I also enjoyed the fact that Price did not exclude other key elements that are delicately intertwined with environmental issu
Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it
The premise of this book is good, but it’s no manifesto. It reads like a draft, one in which the tone hasn’t been worked out: do we want breezy buzzfeed listicle (“in sum, WTF”) or intellectual phrasing (“quondam website”)? I guess all the repetitive lists might be attempts at Whitmanesque catalogs (“call it a green new deal,” “call it great changes environmentalism,” “call it [11 other things]”) but they read like brainstorming. The structure is all over the place, the self-help book design dis ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
I wish! Corporate and environmentalists should either get their acts together and DO something, or just shut up. I do my share as much as is humanly possible, but it makes little difference. Recycling has been a joke since practically day one! I'd love to live in a "walking " town, but no ones building them. Or, they cost a mint to live in. One needs a car to get around as public transportation is a joke in most places. Yep, it is really in corporation, government, and environmentalists courts t ...more
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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Jenny Price is a public writer, artist, and historian—author of Stop Saving the Planet!: An Environmentalist Manifesto, Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A., the not-quite advice column Green Me Up JJ, and numerous essays and op-eds about environment, public space, gun violence, and other topics. She is also co-founder of the art collective ...more

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