Eco-Denial; A Moment on the Earth by Gregg Easterbrook

Eco-Denial; A Moment on the Earth by Gregg Easterbrook

Gregg Easterbrook begins his 745-page opus with a summary of what he calls “ecorealism,” which is essentially the view that the war to preserve a habitable earth is all but won or will be by the year 2000, and that those who won it ought now to be upbeat and happy. Alas, they are not. Six hundred and ninety-eight pages later he zooms back from outer space, having greened Mars, trashed all manner of what he deems to be insufficiently optimistic thinking, and created what he calls a “new nature” on earth, one without predation, aging, violence, species extinctions, or killer asteroids. In the long view Easterbrook envisions an overall “human population of hundreds of billions or even trillions of souls” living throughout the cosmos, and “Earth as a planet-size preserve; or a world where a small human contingent uses advanced knowledge to live the nonmaterialist lifestyle of ecological longing.” Easterbrook advertises himself as an “ecorealist.”

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