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Be afraid: be very afraid !
on 18 August 2013
This is an amazing, but ultimately very scary book. Like all scary stories, the author draws you in slowly, carefully; and then comes Chapter 4 and you realise just what awaits you. It would be much easier of course if the author was some `tree hugger' intent on scaring you with well-told stories and simple hype, but you realise that the facts are presented with a smooth, logical and entirely credible progression that makes this volume much more scary than any work of fiction. I suggest that every person should be presented with one of these perhaps at the age of 16: for the author makes it clear that if we are to leave more than a barren rock-covered dust-bowl for our children, then we had all better get on the programme and this book makes very clear just how much work there is to do - and we had better do so pretty quickly.
The chapters are laid out beautifully with the main problematic areas and I particularly enjoyed ( or was terrified by! ) the discussion about beef, cotton, water and of course over-fishing, over cultivation of land and unfortunately many, many more.
Even more than this, however, the thing that frightens me even more is the fact that I suspect that the Earth is supporting as many humans as it possibly can. I base this on any newspaper that one may care to pick up. The terrible natural disasters that occur in over populated, over farmed, flood-plain-built areas or areas that have been denuded of natural protection like a forest ! In addition, the scramble for natural resources that I suspect is only just hotting up and I wonder what will become of old Blighty when much more affluent countries have bought up all the oil or perhaps the wheat - and just what are we going to do about it - not a lot I fancy.
Moreover, humans are not a very happy bunch for all our wonderful advances, our longevity and our mobile computing devices - peoples lives are more and more isolated, less fulfilled; and this is before we take into account the terrible atrocities that we visit on each other, our children, wives, girlfriends - the list is endless, and I suspect is growing by the day.
Most scary of all, however, are the countries who really need to think about all of the above are the ones who will see no need for change or modification of their behaviour and I suspect nothing will happen until some really horrible event occurs and by then is suspect it may well be too late for us all, let alone our children.
So, a beautifully argued book, which makes its case with a calm and calculating precision - read it, if you dare. Many thanks.