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Climate

By: Charles Eisenstein
Narrated by: Steve Wojtas
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Flipping the script on climate change, Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction

With research and insight, Charles Eisenstein details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our “fight” mentality. With an entire chapter unpacking the climate change denier’s point of view, he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach. The rivers, forests, and creatures of the natural and material world are sacred and valuable in their own right, not simply for carbon credits or preventing the extinction of one species versus another. After all, when you ask someone why they first became an environmentalist, they’re likely to point to the river they played in, the ocean they visited, the wild animals they observed, or the trees they climbed when they were a kid. This refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides real, actionable steps to caring for the Earth. Freeing ourselves from a war mentality and seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison reform to saving the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health, we resist reflexive postures of solution and blame and reach toward the deep place where commitment lives.

©2018 Charles Eisenstein (P)2018 North Atlantic Books

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“What a blast of sanity! Eisenstein's corrective is a bracing piece of work, dazzlingly thought through and eloquent in its articulation. He writes from within an uncannily woke worldview, enacting a full-bodied way of thinking that discerns and feels into the complex entanglement of our lives with every facet of this breathing biosphere. This book is visionary and prophetic, achingly grounded and useful to the max.” (David Abram, cultural ecologist, geophilosopher, and author of Becoming Animal and The Spell of the Sensuous)

“There is nothing ‘safe’ in these writings; almost every chapter courts controversy. We as readers are the beneficiaries of this bravery. This is a message that must be heard loud and clear as we chart a path toward social and ecological renewal.” (Helena Norberg-Hodge, author and filmmaker of Ancient Futures and The Economics of Happiness)
 

“This is a groundbreaking book. Eisenstein makes an inspiring, positive, and convincing case for a full and proper understanding of the present human predicament - a radical shift from a utilitarian worldview to an integral world view rooted in a sense of the sacred which recognizes the intrinsic value of nature and life.” (Satish Kumar, founder of Schumacher College and editor emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist)

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Great book

This book melted my brain a little. I work full time in the sustainability space, and haven't come a cross such an intersection of logic and spirituality (if that is the right language) before. Highly recommend to anyone who is thinking: if we are making so much progress, why is it not working?

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beautiful and possible

A beautiful invitation Into a new way of being and thinking, in relation not only to the climate of planet, but also that of the multitude of beings and relationships that comprise it. Elegant yet simple. powerful yet humble. Thank you again.

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Lots to think about - and do

I found this one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read in a long time - providing new perspectives and explaining natural and constructed systems in easy to follow yet provocative ways. Demands a second read and then a personal action plan

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best book I've ever read.

I loved it I've read across many fields but never heard them put so well together. and the focus on inter being instead of going war agaisnt the so called enemy enabled me to connect back to myself and to enjoying my project building a permaculture farm. where as before reading Charles book.

I had fallen into fear and fight the big enemy capitalism and constantly felt like I was failing and that theres no hope left except war. I'm so grateful to Charles Eisenstein book for changing my perspective back to a loving one

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Amazing book

Amazing book which poinrs out everthing that is wrong in our society. But will the solution really work?

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Every human needs this book

This book is incredible, it cuts past the fluff of climate change &!finally gets to the core of the true reasons for this ecocide.

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Illustrates wonderfully the interbeing nature of reality and the ecological crisis

I am finding this book to be the concise piece of diligent work and simultaneous guide that I have been longing for in these times of ecological crisis and division.

This book illustrates to me the way that we can all be united to Love our planet and each other, and that this is the most simple and easy ( or unfathomably difficult) path forwards.

It illustrates how we are so stuck in thinking of the earth as a “very complicated machine” rather than a “living organism”, and that to reframe our thinking (and connect with our feeling) will lead us to protect and regenerate our home, our selves and each other.

This book is phenomenal- thank you Charles. and thanks particularly for illustrating also the climate awareness scale from denier” mentality to “catastrophist” and for being so considerate and compassionate to all.

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Ever wondered why they don’t listen??

You need to get to the source to understand the directions to head off in. I am surrounded by people’s opinions on “climate change”, none of them agree or line up so we go nowhere but further down the wrong path. This book shines a sun in the only direction. Thanks Charles.

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critical book for all to read

this book is a journey into, and critique of, the past ways of development and human activity... it challenges the reader to open honesty of what a thriving future could look like

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Exceptional!!!

It was very well researched, well written, well narrated and the message is deeply deeply needed at this time. Cannot recommend this book enough, well done Charles Eisenstein

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