- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: New Society Publishers (9 Jan. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0865716099
- ISBN-13: 978-0865716094
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age Paperback – 9 Jan 2008
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About the Author
John Michael Greer is a certified Master Conserver, organic gardener and scholar of ecological history. His widely-cited blog, The Archdruid Report, deals with peak oil. He is the author of The Long Descent and lives in Ashland, Oregon.
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"The Long Descent" is a book about our present ecological crisis. It's one of those rare books that really speak for themselves. It includes chapters on our present predicament, the future decline and fall of modern civilization, what we can do to adapt, and various philosophical issues.
Greer says surprisingly little about climate change, perhaps because he believes that our situation is dire enough even if we assume that climate change is less dramatic than most scientists predict. The main problem is that modern civilization is unsustainable, being almost entirely dependent on cheap oil, gas, coal and uranium. These non-renewable resources are running out, oil in particular. Greer believes that "peak oil" was reached already around 2005.
During the 1970's, Western civilization did take important steps towards sustainability. These gains were eradicated almost overnight when new oil fields were discovered in Alaska and the North Sea around 1980. By deliberately flooding the markets with new oil, British and American interests made the oil prices crash, effectively forcing all "Green" initiatives into bankruptcy (ironically, nuclear energy was also badly hit by the oil bonanza). After 30 lost years of uncontrolled oil-dependency, peak oil has finally arrived, finding our society more or less unprepared for the consequences.
Greer doesn't believe that oil can be replaced. Coal, gas and uranium are being exploited at a breakneck speed.Read more ›
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A clear view of the likely middle ground between chaos and Star Treknology; a wake up call to get prepared for less of the things we have grown used to -- easy food, travel,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kim Longmore
Greer is the best nonfiction author around energy descent, bar none.Published on 10 Oct. 2014 by Stacy
I don't review often, perhaps less than would be fair, but i will with this as i think Greer's message if more widely heard might, just might, help us all deal with what's coming. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2013 by Team Guido
This book effectively describes the future after peak-oil. It doesn't include the additional effects of increased populations and higher aspirations for living standards in the... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by BP Worrall
We should all read and consider this idea, it seems the most likely outcome of our current situation I have ever come across!Published on 29 Dec. 2012 by Daryl Newsome
A very refreshing middle ground between the apocalyptical "Preppers" and the head-in-the-sand ostriches. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2012 by snowzz
Wow, what a book.
I don't personally go as far in the "back to basics" approach that Mr Greer sees as the outcome of the crises, but his analysis of the past, and the... Read more
Having read several books on both peak oil and global warming I bought this on Amazon UK An was somewhat surprised when the author announced early in the book that he is a Druid. Read morePublished on 2 July 2011 by Mr. Mark Hanson
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