Synopses & Reviews
It's time to stop just worrying about climate change, says Paul Gilding. We need instead to brace for impact because global crisis is no longer avoidable. This Great Disruption started in 2008, with spiking food and oil prices and dramatic ecological changes, such as the melting ice caps. It is not simply about fossil fuels and carbon footprints. We have come to the end of Economic Growth, Version 1.0, a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we lived beyond the means of our planet's ecosystems and sources.
The Great Disruption offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity faces—yet also a deeply optimistic message. The coming decades will see loss, suffering, and conflict as our planetary overdraft is paid; however, they will also bring out the best humanity can offer: compassion, innovation, resilience, and adaptability. Gilding tells us how to fight—and in—what he calls the One Degree War to prevent catastrophic warming of the earth, and how to start today.
The crisis represents a rare chance to replace our addiction to growth with an ethic of sustainability, and it's already happening. It's also an unmatched business opportunity: Old industries will collapse while new companies will literally reshape our economy. In the aftermath of the Great Disruption, we will measure "growth" in a new way. It will mean not quantity of stuff but quality and happiness of life. Yes, there is life after shopping.
"Though Gilding's prose is plain and his sustainability message is unapologetically advocative, he backs up his arguments with plenty of facts and avenues for [listeners] to pursue." ---Library Journal
"If you're planning to stick around for the 21st century, this might be a useful book to consult." ---Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth
From author Paul Gilding comes an unflinching look at the challenges we face as a global climate crisis approaches—and the unique opportunities this crisis presents for moving toward an ethic of sustainability.
About the Author
Paul Gilding is an international thought leader and advocate for sustainability. He has served as head of Greenpeace International, built and led two companies, and advised both Fortune 500 corporations and community-based NGOs. A member of the core faculty for the Cambridge University Program for Sustainability Leadership, he blogs at www.paulgilding.com, and his newsletter, the Cockatoo Chronicles, has subscribers around the world. Antony Ferguson is a native of London, England. Upon leaving Bretton Hall School of Drama, he worked extensively in English regional repertory theaters, most notably playing the lead in Edward II, Don Juan, and Lord Byron in a production of Camino Real for Alan Ayckbourn's theater company. He has appeared several times on London's West End, winning the award for best actor as Jimmy Porter in an award-winning production of Look Back in Anger and playing the lead in The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew by Robert Bolt. Upon moving to New York City, Antony worked Off Broadway, in regional theater, and on national tours, where he specialized in classical theater, and has won several awards for his work. He also has a thriving business in the world of voice-over and is especially fond of narrating audiobooks. He currently lives in Los Angeles.