Timely but discomforting...examines the myth of progress and finds it wanting. It will help climate change deniers understand the issues. More importantly, it will help environmentalists, most of whom deny their own failure, to shift from a morally bankrupt optimism to a more realistic hope – with learning at its heart.
William Scott, Professor Emeritus, University of Bath and President of the UK National Association for Environmental Education
An understanding of the bind we are in, why 'sustainability' has failed to get us out of it, and what an honest alternative might be is long overdue. This book looks beyond false hope and strained optimism to what that future might look like. Necessary and important.
Paul Kingsnorth Poet, author and Director of the Dark Mountain project
Human societies continue largely to ignore the increasingly dire warnings coming from climate and other environmental scientists. Whether or not you agree with this book’s conclusions, it will make you think about the challenges and the scale of societal response that they demand. Such thought is currently in worryingly short supply.
Paul Ekins Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director, Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London
About the Author
John Foster is a freelance writer and philosophy teacher, and an honorary Fellow in the department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK.