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What we leave behind
Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay
Adult Nonfiction TD175 .J445 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

"Industrial civilization is incompatible with life.... Unless it's stopped... it will kill every living being," begin environmental activists Jensen (A Language Older than Words) and McBay (Peak Oil Survival), introducing the recurring theme and thesis of this radical report on the state of Earth and call to action. The book contrasts natural systems of growth and decay, in which soil and life forms feed each other, with "industrial civilization": "essentially a complicated way of turning land into waste": "garbage patches" cover more than 40% of oceans and multitudes of fish and birds are being killed by plastic waste, now more abundant in the seas than phytoplankton. Jensen and McBay trash "sustainability" stars like William McDonough, who designs "green" buildings without questioning their unsustainable uses (truck factories and airports); the authors argue that we value our culture more than the planet that sustains it. The book is flawed by lapses into rants and rages, but Jensen and McBay's message that we need to grow up and "put away the childish notion that we have the right to take whatever we want from nonhumans" is eminently reasonable. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Until recently, our waste decomposed naturally, passing through the inevitable cycle of decay, metamorphosis, and regeneration. But the global industrial system, argue environmental activists Jensen (Endgame) and McBay, now produces massive amounts of unsustainable and toxic wastes. In fact, Earth is suffocating on plastics and persistent chemicals. The authors focus on some of these harmful products, discuss reasons why our culture produces so much waste, and explain why individual action is insufficient to solve our enormous problems. Finally, they explore the kind of activism needed to protect our planet and make our culture life-affirming. This compelling book has a refreshing style, at once very personal and very passionate. It is also thorough, with historical, scientific, statistical, and anecdotal evidence filtered through a lot of anger and some quirky humor. Compared with similar books on waste and sustainability like Renee Loux's Easy Green Living, this one succeeds admirably. Highly recommended for most libraries.-Ilse Heidmann, Washington State Lib., Olympia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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