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A New Covenant with Nature: Notes on the End of Civilisation and the Renewal of Culture [Hardcover]

Richard Heinberg


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Heinberg sees the cultural growth of human history as a series of contracts with nature. This book argues that this contract is now up for renewal, and to do this, we must restore the culture from the soil up by rethinking the objects of modern life such as money, spirituality and art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A new covenant with nature 30 Nov 2008
By Jeffrey Funk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Richard Heinberg is perhaps better known for his work on Peak Oil and resource depletion, but this 1996 work which fits more broadly into the realm of cultural ecology is terrifically insightful and urgently important today, in 2008. It approaches the subject of civilization from anthropological and spiritual perspectives that are both moving and brilliant. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broad-range discussion, totally grounded on fundamental questions. 29 Nov 2005
By ideas equate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
So broad yet rightly detailed -- a rare combination in modern writing.

The book cannot be simplified into one idea, but the big question seems to be, are our cultural choices inhuman and even worse?

Clearly and sincerely written, so that anyone anywhere on the spectrum of opinion can appreciate the thoughts and motivations of the writer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars More Hippie Claptrap 12 Dec 2007
By Matthew Kruvczuk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is just one more in a line of books that put forward no original ideas, but simply decries our interaction with the earth and suggests that something needs to be done. It suggests that the indigenous people of the world were right and we are all wrong.

It addresses serious problems, but does not provide any practical or novel contributions to the discussion.

In short, there are many books on this subject and this is not one of the best.
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