The facts are incontrovertible. But how do we interpret them? Something exciting is happening. The old head-to-head between the economists and the environmentalists is giving way to a more sophisticated, constructive debate. Arguably, that debate entered the public realm with statistician Bjorn Lomborg's brilliantly argued and controversial The Skeptical Environmentalist, which presented hard data on the state of the environment. Things are bad, Lomborg argued, but they are not insoluble.
EO Wilson's moving and poetic book is, at its core, just as hard-headed. While adopting a much more eco-friendly tone than Lomborg, Wilson is guardedly optimistic, as he describes the ethical, political and economic thinking that may yet save the planet while providing for a just and equitable future for the world's teeming poor. The old head-to-head is dead. The Future of Life is a moving, impassioned and constructive future bible of the new environmentalism. --Simon Ings --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An essential book for anyone who cares about life on earth.
Having previously read Wilson's 'Diversity of Life', I wanted to read this more up to date book. Read more
Edward Wilson seems to be a man who holds the fundamental view that all life, all flora and fauna, should be protected from extinction; fair enough. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Philip Mayo