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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408702363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408702369
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once again Andrew Simms has written a book full of passion as well as abundant theory, fact and analysis, integrating economics and ecology to create a vision for a positive future. And Simms recommends a simple test for any new policy or proposal: will it increase pressure on the biosphere, will it lead to a more equal distribution of wealth and income, and will it enhance human well-being? Here is a viable and attractive alternative to the flawed and senseless pursuit of growth at all costs (Kate Pickett, co-author of The Spirit Level)

Andrew Simms is relentlessly smart: here he's produced the most comprehensive survey yet of all the answers already at our fingertips to the problems that are overwhelming us. Greed and inertia may prevent action, but we can no longer claim ignorance as an excuse (Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature)

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Beyond despair and denial, a fascinating look at progressive ways to stop the world falling apart

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Acorn on 28 July 2013
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Andrew Simms wants us to face the challenges of climate change with a positive approach rather than constant talk of doom and gloom. In the opening chapter he promises that this book will look at practical steps we can take to address the dangers of climate change, steps that will induce governments to follow our lead.

The science of climate change is well understood, even if the consequences are far less clear. Predictive models always involve high degrees of uncertainty when applied to complex systems, but this does not absolve us from trying to anticipate and manage risks. People who deny climate change are not going to be convinced by any evidence and most other people do not have the knowledge or skills to assess competing and dense scientific arguments, but if conservative professions such as actuaries and engineers are already factoring climate change into their calculations, it is prudent for our politicians to be doing the same.

Simms details the unsustainability of our current growth patterns. If everyone in the world lived like the average citizen of the United States (apparently a lot of people aspire to this) we would require five planet Earths to sustain us. Clearly we need a better grip on reality. Part of the problem is how we measure growth and Simms gives examples of the anomalies in current measures and discusses proposed alternatives. There is, unfortunately, little agreement on what to measure and how.

Aviation is having a particularly negative impact on our environment and Simms notes the irony of green campaigners who jet around the globe to attend conferences.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Mar. 2013
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We all of us live with some kind of apocalypse hanging over us. These days it is global warming. In my youth, we used to sit over school lunch, discussing what we should do if the four-minute warning sounded that heralded nuclear annihilation. Before that, it was the threat of apocalypse by aerial bombardment. The idea that we might dwell a little less on the imminent end of the world is not to suggest that these are not real threats - or that we need do nothing about them. We avoided nuclear apocalypse by the skin of our teeth during the Cold War, and not because everyone sat back and trusted those in charge.

But the green movement clings to the idea of apocalypse, and does so increasingly, and it is deeply disempowering - it may also explain the strange lack of communication between those of us who count themselves as part of the green movement (like me) and those who don't. So when one of our foremost green campaigners comes along with a book called Cancel the Apocalypse, and when it has a big thumbs up sign on the front cover and sparkles with the kind of optimism you usually get from washing powder - then you know something important is happening.

Andrew Simms is a close friend (I must declare an interest here). His thesis is that humanity tends to avoid our looming apocalypses through innovation and imagination, and his book is therefore a prediction of the age to come. This is a vital shift in the argument for green campaigners. Prophesying the end of the world is difficult to sustain, because those it manages to convince it also disempowers. But to argue that the world inevitably adapts to avoid disaster is something else entirely.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martin Kirby on 1 April 2013
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This is more than a book. It is a life-raft.
With the common sense buzzers in all our heads telling us that a host of things are fundamentally wrong - socially, economically and climatically - there is also a palpable anxiety everywhere about how on earth we stop the rot before it is too late.
Everyone should read this, so we can raise the debate to intelligent, decisive, peaceful, positive change.
The greed and growth obsessions of a few who have indoctrinated the many to the gross detriment of well-being, society and our planet will take some slaying, such is the sophistication of the control that has been weaved into our everyday lives, but we have to stand up and challenge it.
No, I don’t know Andrew Simms.
When you have read this keep reading the New Economics Foundation website.
We don’t have to agree on everything, but it is vital we start by agreeing that our instincts, our consciences are right. We have to change course.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Concerned Citizen on 7 Mar. 2013
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This book is brilliant. Andrew describes the problem but makes the solutions not just desirable but feasible. he does so with a sense of verve and fun that makes you think we might actually enjoy not being being turbo-consumers. Don't buy anything except maybe this book.
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An excellent and well researched book. It should be compulsory reading for all politicians. Unfortunately, one can get depressed in facing reality.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Whalen on 1 May 2013
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We seem to be sleepwalking into crisis after crisis because the rich and powerful (and greedy) among us know they can rely on the majority not to kick up a fuss or make any concerted effort to organise together to bring about the urgent and necessary changes needed. The necessary changes are set out clearly and concisely in this book. I recommend it to you all.
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