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5.0 out of 5 stars Environmentalism as a religion, 29 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse: Save the Earth, Punish Human Beings (Hardcover)
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"The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse" by Pascal Bruckner is a polemic about how environmentalism has adopted many of the worst ideas of apocalyptic religions.

Just by being alive you hurt the planet because you do things, like using fossil fuels, that supposedly have bad environmental effects. This idea resembles original sin: you are sinner against the environment because you are alive. These bad environmental effects will lay the world waste through climate change or pollution of other kinds, like the apocalypse predicted by many religions. To ward off this apocalypse you do small things like cycling to work or turning off lights when you leave a room that will make absolutely no difference according to the models that predict catastrophic climate change and so are entirely pointless except as superstitious attempts to curry favour with mother earth. Bruckner makes these points and many more with wit. The main problem with the book is that it is so saturated with wit and irony that I sometimes found it difficult to tell when Bruckner was trying to make a serious point.

This book is worth reading because it is well written and has a very different perspective on environmentalism than the standard take propagated by the media. I think Bruckner's ideas also have the merit of being more accurate. You should read it if you want to have your ideas on environmentalism challenged.
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