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Read & Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß Charles EisensteinY has to work towards the same goal A lot of drive has to start organically from ground up and I m appreciative of his views on the commercial aspects My partner has to start organically from ground up and I m appreciative of his views on the commercial aspects My partner that I stop reading this book because I was bitching about reading it I feel like this treads very familiar ground for most social ustice and nonwestern thought aware people especially if they pay attention to non white points of view we are connected to the earth the earth is full of complex interdependent systems There now you don t have to read this self important New Age faux academic book by a privileged spiritualist Read Emergent Strategy Shaping Change Changing Worlds instead Bonus points for mention of chemtrails and studying math as
A YALE UNDERGRAD IF WE WANTYale undergrad If we "Want Living World We "living world we to act from the place where the world is alive Charles Eisenstein In my opinion if you are concerned about the converging crises of the ecology and the economy and the social and political ills that trouble the modern world Charles Eisenstein is one of the most important voices out thereIn this book he dares to expand the conversation around climate change from one that is increasingly ineffective because it is based on motivating us to act by using our fear of mortality and a horrible climate damaged world to one that recognizes that climate change is part of a larger picture concerning our disconnection from the environment and that we will best be motivated to act by appealing to our heart s love and care for the natural world There is so much I can say about this book and did in a series of blog posts link below but mostly I cherish it for moving me back to coming from the heart when I ponder what I can do to helpIn addition Eisenstein also covers some fascinating science that I was unaware of such as how deforestation and the water table may have much to do with climate change than previously thoughtIn conclusion I can t recommend this book highly enough This has been both one of the most challenging and disturbing books and the most visionary compassionate and holistic writings on climate environment Humanity and our Species that I have ever readHaving previously adopted a mechanistic and uantitative approach to climate change and global warming Charles Eisenstein s invitation to consider our world and relationships through a different narrative one of Interbeing instead of Separation challenged the very place from which I had found and believed there was hope of reversing global warming and saving our Planet and SpeciesEisenstein outlined many examples of climate change solutions and environmental action that perhaps we once believed were good for us and the world that later revealed unintended and harmful conseuences In other words Eisenstein s perspective reminds me of Newton s third law For every action there is an eual and opposite reaction Therefore without knowing the full extent and conseuences of our actions we can do something intended for positive outcomes but be completely unaware that this action has even harmful and detrimental effects that make the very situation we are attempting to improve even worseThe mindset of Interbeing reuires us to understand that nature is alive and a subject not an object It means asking What does the land want What does the river want What does the planet want uestions that seem crazy from the perspective of nature as thing Page 258Eisenstein goes on In that understanding we can no longer cut down forests and drain the swamps dam rivers and fragment ecosystems with roads dig pit mines and drill gas wells with impunityTo do so damages the whole body of nature ust as if you cut off a person s limb or removed an organ The well being of all depends on the well being of each We cannot cut down one forest here and plant another there assuring ourselves through the calculus of net CO2 that we have done no damage How do we know we have not removed an organUntil we can know it we d best refrain from committing further ecocide on any scale Each intact estuary river forest and wetlands that remains to us we must treat as sacred while restoring whatever we can Pages 258 259In the final pages of this book Eisenstein lists almost 20 practical bold and far reaching policy changes to promote and change our current system Story from one of Separation to a New Story of InterbeingHe concludes The vision of a Green World is not fantasy nor however is realistic What it is is possible It reuires each one of us to dedicate ourselves unreasonably and with no guarantee of success to our uniue form of service It reuires that we trust our knowing that a healed world a green world a beautiful world is truly possible Page 278I highly recommend this book to anyone who is dreaming of and wants to participate in the transformation of our current society and world to the society and world of our highest future possibilities and potential. Hey 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 liv. F of what he says He really does get a lot of the
things that everyone else is missing Unfortunately I can t stand the otherthat everyone else is missing Unfortunately I can t stand the other And from my experience it s the bad half that his readers seem to be most influenced by I ve been recommending Sacred Economics to people for the last 5 or 6 years considering a lot of the ideas in there to be really important I thought that people had enough common sense to ignore the dumber things in there especially since I tend to share it with caveats about which parts of it I consider useful and which parts I consider ridiculous I also tend to recommend reading counter arguments from people like Derrick Jensen before making any
big decisions From my experience though people that do decide to readdecisions From my experience though people that do decide to read stuff ust come to think of themselves as spiritually enlightened and never bother looking into the alternative explanations This is making it really difficult for me to keep recommending his booksOn the good side his ideas on regenerative agriculture ecosystem restoration the benefits of indigenous cultures and transitioning the global economic system away from infinite growth are all great These are really important concepts and he does do a good Of Magic and Mating New Canton Republic job explaining them On the bad side he gets really carried away with these naive New Age ideas about the divine purpose of human existence and the supposed teleology of technological development All people are good at heart the universe loves us all climate change deniers haveust as many reasons to believe the things they believe as we do those in positions of power sincerely believe that they re all doing what s best for the world etcI can understand the argument that the mainstream scientific establishment has given people a lot of reasons to distrust them We were told that cannabis is dangerous and that opioids are 竹光始末 The Bamboo Sword And Other Samurai Tales just safe pharmaceutical medicines They told us not to worry about nuclear power plants DDT is good for me e e etc Clearly we should be a little skeptical But people that listen to Fox News and who voted for Donald Trump areust making honest mistakes Really They couldn t possibly be any blatant with their lies They literally contradict themselves within the same sentence sometimes At some point you have to admit that there are people out there who can t be reached with rational arguments A lot of them in fact They won t be persuaded or guilted into changing their minds no matter what you say A big theme of this book is that there are other things to argue about than whether or not carbon in the atmosphere is going to kill us and that s fine There are a lot of other things killing us that are harder to deny than long term global warming Is there any reason to expect the Right to be moved by these other arguments though And is Eisenstein even a good candidate to try reaching these people I mean even Left wingers with hippie leanings can get annoyed with the way he words things Frankly I can t think of anyone worse for that Bloodleaf job than Eisenstein Therefore every word of this book spent on that subject is kind of a waste of time in my opinion And there is a lot of that in here All that said I still do kind of like this book I wish I couldust recommend certain chapters of it but even the better chapters have a lot of stupid ideas mixed in with them which makes every part of this kind of hard to take seriously It s unfortunate that he can t seem to restrain himself from trying to cram in every cute little cleverly worded idea he thinks of when he writes If he The Confusion: Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle just took the best ideas from all his books and put them together without the annoying stuff he really could make something pretty great Eisenstein s greatest work to date Completely reframed my understanding of climate change So grateful for this book and Charles work writing it I wasn t going to review this book because I like Charles Eisenstein and I appreciate what he s trying to do in general with his career to integrate humans better with the natural world With a spiritual bent Eisenstein has also inspired people around the world to think creatively to open their hearts and to make positive changes in their personal lives For that he should be encouraged and applaudedSo when I found his book on climate change frustrating I wasust going to let it go But after reading this uote from respected historian of science Naomi Oreskes I realized that I at least wanted to make a short comment on what I found most problematic about Eistenstein s climate book Science is not based on any individual no matter how smart that individual may be It s based on the collective wisdom the collective knowledge the collective work of all of the scien The climate crisis isn t new and there isn t a one fits all cure or a miraculous technological solution if not there wouldn t be a crisis But Eisenstein s holistic perspectives in this book serve as urgent reminders of why every facet of societ. 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 ,
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New Story is full of compassion and insight about human alienation from the natural world thatStory is full of compassion and insight about human alienation from the natural world that led to our current climate crisis His is fundamentally a book of philosophy that challenges readers to reevaluate many widely held cultural beliefs and assumptions that could very well end up killing us and everything on the planet Philosophy books are not easy to read Readers must be willing to read carefully and to do some serious self reflection to fully understand this book Only then can we begin to make the changes that must be madeAt root Eisenstein is asking us to recognize the different stories we tell ourselves and how these stories are not working The Story of Separation from the natural world is leading to disaster We focus On Fear Rather Than fear rather than what we love He takes to task the global warming narrative That Is Yet Another Us Vs Them Narrative He Makes is yet another us vs them narrative He makes strong argument that fear won t work in the end Only love works We work to save what we love and that s why protecting local ecosystems usually work much better than abstract larger scale projects He calls for a Story of InterbeingEverything is connected It makes no sense to worry only about the death of kelp forests which suck up CO2 if we don t also be concerned about the threats to sea otters which keep sea urchins under control which wipe out kelp forests Instead of a love of nature and the recognition that all living things are connected he says we focus on fear of our survival He takes on at length our very dysfunctional economic system which measures uantity to the detriment of living things He asks us instead to measure ualityThis is not a book of only what doesn t work Eisenstein has plenty of great examples of Interbeing a recognition of how to live within and love the natural world and how to act on that He points out the many ways in which the planet is suffering that has nothing to do with the climate crisis Our overuse and misuse of plastics is one example Another is our methods of agriculture which involve deforestation monocropping pesticide use and a resulting insect holocaust He gives us ways out of this human caused disaster through regenerative agriculture methods Human well being and planetary health are inextricably connected That s why we have to stop thinking of ourselves as separate from nature The world is a living being and we are a part of that living being The earth is still alive he tells us Now is the time to choose life It s not too late Firstly a warning this is going to be a long review In fact this book has taken me someone who can read two books a day with no problem nine months to read Why has it taken me this long And why have I stuck at it Simply because like the climate change debate this book is complicated nuanced and fascinating and it deserves to be carefully read and its discussions and conclusions properly considered It reframes the whole climate change debate in different non binary terms It tries as much as possible to be impartial It uestions everything and names its sources inviting the reader to challenge and investigate further its claims It isn t afraid to challenge some of the underlying assumptions that we in a modern society don t even think to uestion In other words it s a book for people who are fed up of being bludgeoned with contradictory information who want to do something to help but feel helpless and who don t want win a war against our changing environment but rather participate in a new narrative of collaboration by understanding and accepting our place in the bigger whole As you can see this is a massive undertaking for a 300 page book So how does the author go about presenting this Firstly he does it by defining the issues The central narrative is this book is simple and despite its name it s not really about climate Instead it s this the planet is dying The biostructures of life on Earth are breaking down and since they are all inter connected this doesn t bode well for the continued existence of life on our planet Climate and its rapid change is not the cause of this destruction but is in fact only one symptom What does this mean Here s an example climate change and subseuent droughts have been blamed for the large scale migrations north from Central America However there are strong arguments that climate change is the symptom not the cause of massive deforestation Guatemala lost 17% and Honduras 37% of their rainforests between 1990 2005 El Salvador has suffered 85% deforestation since 1960s In fact climate change is a scapegoat which keeps humanity s attention focussed on only a few aspects of the environmenta I ve been listening to Charles Eisenstein for a long time I ve read most of his books and feel pretty much the same way about this one as I do about all the others Some of it is great and some is Mismatch just really terrible 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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 ourourney to heal from ecological destruction With research and insight Charles Eisenstein details how the uantification 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.