The Great Disruption, by Paul Gilding: a book I almost did not finish. Was it too depressing? I remember taking the book with me on a trip to Portugal two years ago, feeling ashamed to continue reading in the companionship of some Spanish fellow hostel guests. Their country was in such a big economic mess, who was I to confront them with even more problems by reading a book about the collapse of the world economy due to climate crisis. I preferred to cheer them up rather than talk about the essence of this book which I expected to be nothing less than fear-mongering. But the fact is that the book is not depressing. It is harsh, full of realism about the ecological tipping points that will put climate crisis on top of every world leader’s agenda at some point, but it provides perspective for a way out, and reminds us that we all need to take action, in any way we can. Read more…
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