Dr Patrick Moore leads the reader through the formation of Greenpeace to promote environmental issues from a sound technical standpoint through to its gradual loss of technical authority and its fall into the hands of lefty political activists whose purpose is no longer to harness the worlds resources for sustainable use but simply to provide an outlet for confrontationism for its own sake.
It is an eloquent plea to restore sanity in the battle to save the environment, and although its basis is sound technology it is always explained in words that do not rely on technical jargon for their impact, but sound reasoning, and no particular need of technical knowledge is required to understand it.
I thought this book was about the British Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore's earlier life. It wasn't, however, it's a lengthy scientifically based book on how we should strive to make our place in the world a more sustainable place. As a graduate in Applied Chemistry I found all of the book fascinating especially the way in which Greenpeace is trying to ban an element of the periodic table. This book also challenged my ideas about climate change and the impact of global warming. That said, I already knew about water vapour being a more potent greenhouse gas. It was especially great to see this pointed out and compared alongside carbon dioxide. Great value for money, but a little laboured in parts.
I enjoyed this book, the author clearly cares about conservation, and his personal journey with changing views on the basis of his experiences keeps a strong narrative arc in the book. It is definitely a subjective account, with plenty of statements contested by others, I have no problem with that, he clearly tries to explain his views and reasoning as clearly as possible. Worth a read for a different perspective on the green movement.
A great read. It captures the excitement of the birth of greenpeace - the voice of a generation, and documents its politicisation, and move away from science. An easy read. Not too preachy. Highly recommended.