The book ends as it nearly started, with a description of a huge protest in Washington D. Some of those would come at the local level, where McKibben joins forces with a Vermont beekeeper raising his hives as part of the growing trend toward local food. It was like a living blizzard. Well, McKibben answers, the radicals are at the executives at oil, coal, and gas companies who are willing to alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere to make money. The Supreme Court might think that corporations are people but when it comes to corporate profits they are not. Of course, Richard Rohr has several books on the inter-relationship between contemplation and activism — an older one A Lever and a Place to Stand was just recently re-issued as Dancing Standing Still: Healing the World from a Place of Prayer.
Other solutions would come from a much larger fight against the fossil-fuel industry as a whole. He's a great guy, an inspiring speaker, and indefatigable writer, researcher, teacher, and organizer. Our resistance to bloated military budgets and neutron bombs and evil policies of intending the mass murder of civilians started to catch on. He is the founder of the environmental organization 350. There are organizational secrets on how to launch a political campaign and build a movement, and why spreading local honey on morning toast matters. If you have been involved in any large scale campaigns — pro-life protesting, anti-war activism, working on civil rights, fighting sexual trafficking, anti-porn picketing — you will love his good-humored and in some cased very candid glimpses behind the scenes. The End of Nature, his first book, was published in 1989 and was regarded as the first book on climate change for a general audience.
In this book, he gives an account of how he ended up leading 350. With the Arctic melting, the Midwest in drought, and Irene scouring the Atlantic, McKibben recognized that action was needed if solutions were to be found. See for the ugly truth about who takes what from these super-rich, stop-at-nothing corporations. Throughout the book, his most readable yet, McKibben is simultaneously authoritative and conversational. A fascinating and important book. If you're interested in the environment or the activism in that movement then this is definitely worth reading.
Fortunately, more and more people, worldwide, are rallying to the cause, efforts are needed to help focus and connect their energies. Carbon emissions keep soaring as do the resultant concentrations of greenhouse gases. To tell his story, he uses an oil and honey contrast with the honey being his life as a beekeeper and the nature of bees with the oil industry and his attempts to ameliorate big oil's impact on the environment. This is the balance--between big and small, between rage and love, between resistance and alternatives--that we all must find if we are to transform in time to prevent catastrophe. With the Arctic melting, the Midwest in drought, and Sandy scouring the Atlantic, the need for much deeper solutions was obvious.
Contortion like automatons, - admirably efficient because they're driven by pure profit. No one has ever done anything more radical than that. I really enjoyed the bee keeping sections having known a couple small time beekeepers. I just did not get it enough to really be able to explain much less argue about it. It's about the right length.
After he finished, his hand hovered above the send button — he knew he was about to cross a line. Parts reminded me of the must-read classic about the Montgomery bus boycott, Kings famous first book Stride Toward Freedom. Less than a year after his pipeline victory, he organized another day of worldwide climate rallies, and shortly thereafter he launched a campaign urging local governments, universities and other institutions to shed their investments in fossil-fuel companies. It's a little loose in structure, but in way that's more liberating than frustrating - it keeps it fresh. Ironically this number is the only number all the nations of the world are in agreement on.
And, as we used to say, the personal is the political. I'm just not a fan of gloom and doom, and this made me feel gloomy because I felt like such a small and insignif This was a super quick read on global warming and the effects it is having on the environment. Neither an acerbic screed against modern industry nor a naive vision of some bucolic utopia, his book is simply an enjoyable tale of one man's decision to fight for a world with less oil and more honey. There is certainly an initial cost as he also loses bees, but the ones who survive have developed immunity to these threats and come back stronger than ever. Not only does he save the bees, but he also makes money! But one of my insights is that the way I live is a little like being on a retreat all the time. From that source come lovely metaphors, including my favorite about how oil corporations can be like individual bees on a mission, who have a simple goal and a one-track mind: get the pollen in one case, make money in the other - with no attention paid whatsoever to other issues. .
The issue is how to stay for lack of a better word normal in the face of a pressing historical crisis. Each of these efforts involved weeks to months of crisscrossing the country to drum up grass-roots support and participation, and for McKibben, the challenge became as much about psyching himself up as psyching up the crowd. The purpose of meditation, I think, is to able to see the incredible beauty of life in every little aspect of it - so boredom is not my problem. Other solutions would come from a much larger fight against the fossil-fuel industry as a whole. Some of this tells of admittedly exotic travels, high-profile, and often dramatic activities who gets to call a meeting with the White House, get arrested with Wendell Berry, attend parties with a team of entrepreneurial young adults designing websites and using social media to change the world, or talk theology with writers and rock stars? It is a personal field guide to climate activism with an honest accounting of the personal costs and blessings of engagement. Throughout the book, his most readable yet, McKibben is simultaneously authoritative and conversational. Although the juxtaposition of the local beekeeping with the global climate change was a little bit forced at times, the writing was good enough to overcome this and it generally added to the flow of the narrative.