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Invisible Walls: Why We Ignore the Damage We Inflict on the Planet...and Ourselves

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Our wants for food, housing, medicine, transportation, luxuries, and all the other benefits of industrialization have resulted in the exploitation of our natural surroundings. We know our actions affect the physical world we depend on, so why must we be faced with catastrophic problems--overpopulation, the loss of bio-diversity, global warming, and the like--before we act to protect the planet's ecosystem--and then often inadequately?

With astute analysis Peter Seidel explores the complex convergence of psychological, social, economic, and political factors that keep us from acting in our own self-interest. An environmental and human relations visionary, Seidel proposes adoption of a new "world model," a "universal ethic," and long-term societal goals.

Educators and journalists must give us a better understanding of ourselves-creatures evolved to function in a hunter-gatherer society, not in the complex, hazardous world we have created. We must learn to use our minds to control our primitive drives rather than to satisfy them.

Book News Annotation:

Reprint of the 1998 edition with a new (1 p.) preface.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-331) and index.

About the Author

Peter Seidel is an environmental architect/planner with wide-ranging interests who studied with world-renowned Bauhaus architect Mies van der Rohe and city planner Ludwig Hilberseimer. He is the author of Invisible Walls and 2045: A Story of Our Future.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573928991
Foreword:
Brown, Lester
Author:
Brown, Lester
Author:
Seidel, Peter
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Location:
Amherst, N.Y.
Subject:
Social Policy
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Environmental psychology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Astronomy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
SB-116
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
338
Dimensions:
9 x 6.07 x 0.7 in 1 lb

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