Dangerous Years: Climate Change, The Long Emergency, And The Way Forward

Hardcover | November 22, 2016

byDavid W. Orr

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This gripping, deeply thoughtful book considers future of civilization in the light of what we know about climate change and related threats. David Orr, an award-winning, internationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability and environmental education, pulls no punches: even with the Paris Agreement of 2015, Earth systems will not reach a new equilibrium for centuries. Earth is becoming a different planet—more threadbare and less biologically diverse, with more acidic oceans and a hotter, more capricious climate. Furthermore, technology will not solve complex problems of sustainability.
 
Yet we are not fated to destroy the Earth, Orr insists. He imagines sustainability as a quest and a transition built upon robust and durable democratic and economic institutions, as well as changes in heart and mindset. The transition, he writes, is beginning from the bottom up in communities and neighborhoods. He lays out specific principles and priorities to guide us toward enduring harmony between human and natural systems.

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This gripping, deeply thoughtful book considers future of civilization in the light of what we know about climate change and related threats. David Orr, an award-winning, internationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability and environmental education, pulls no punches: even with the Paris Agreement of 2015, Earth systems w...

David W. Orr is Counselor to the President and Paul Sears Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Oberlin College. Prominent in the creation of the Green Campus movement, he co-founded the Meadowcreek Project, the Oberlin Project, and the journal Solutions. He lives in Oberlin, OH.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.06 inPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300222815

ISBN - 13:9780300222814

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“David Orr, a personal hero and one of the world’s great environmental champions and scholars, has delivered a powerful and urgent manifesto. Dangerous Years offers deep insight into the monumental challenges we face and the necessary changes we must make, ones that will shape the future not only of our own species, but of countless others. If only Orr were president.”—Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle