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Confessions of an Eco Sinner: Travels to find where my stuff comes from (Eden Project Books) Paperback – 15 Jan 2009
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"This is a splendid book and will do much good to counteract the comfortable hypocrisy of urban and suburban greens who pretend to 'save the earth' while carrying on business as usual. Fred Pearce goes out and sees the world as well as thinking and writing about it; he is one of the few that understand the Earth as it really is and we must listen to him." (James Lovelock, author of THE REVENGE OF GAIA)
"Pearce shows us how our greed, and our wilful blindness, are ruining the world in faraway places . . . An excellent book." (Guardian)
"Sometimes frightening, always enlightening, it will teach you more about other people's lives than you ever thought possible." (New Scientist)
"Beguiling . . . honest and revealing . . . optimistic . . . A big book for big problems." (Country Living)
"Follow in his global footprints as you read this compelling, thoughtful, provocative and utterly fascinating book." (CHOICE magazine)
This book offers the hidden story behind all our everyday things, revealing the cost of well-meaning but muddle-headed thinking.See all Product description
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The bottom line, and the message of this book is, be aware of all, and Mr Pearce means ALL, the costs that go into subsidising our western way of life and ask yourself if you are prepared to pay them, because ultimately what ever you/we pay, our children will be paying an awful lot more.
All of Pearce's books I've read are among my favorites, but I think this one is his most accessible, and will be most compelling to a general audience. Everyone who can afford this book is deeply embedded in the network of stuff flying around the planet to serve our needs and wants and whims, and should have some inkling of how things reach the store shelves, and what happens to our stuff when we're done with it and we toss it.
I'm not in a position to say if it is comprehensive but detailed it was! I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about the stories behind our lifestyles and how, often and regrettably, cheap prices here harm those abroad. However, when considered overall the book is not overly gloomy just realistic. My only criticism is that while many problems are highlighted I felt that few practical solutions were suggested but to be fair to the author that is a feature of almost all similar books. And it is not doing any harm for there to be greater general awareness about the effects of our actions on others in less happy lands than England.
If you liked this you might well like Real England (Paul Kingsnorth) or Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth (a selection of different authors).
Lots of facts that you can think about, it triggers you to think about yourself and your personal behaviour. It triggers the questions about what to change, what to adapt, what to keep in order we can make our living on planet Earth sustainable.
After covering various fields of life, the reader get the sugar at the end - writer's wide personal thinking about the 'naked ape' - homo sapiens. The species that transformed the planet in last few ten thousand years as any other species couldn't. Where have we been? Where are we going? How to position ourselves in the historical time stream? Read it and think about it. It's worth.