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Just Cool It!

The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Greystone
 | 
April, 2017
ISBN:
9781771642590
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$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Read Just Cool It by David Suzuki and Ian Hanington. You will be convinced beyond a doubt that climate change is real. And “if we can put a man on the moon,” Suzuki says, “we can change the outcome of the dire crisis that is upon us.”

Just Cool It! is a demanding book, structured like a university course. First, we must understand what global warming is. What is meant by calling carbon dioxide a “greenhouse gas”? Why is methane a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2? What is a “positive feedback” mechanism? What is the “albedo effect” that should keep the Arctic Ocean cold but doesn’t?

We learn why this particular geological epoch is called the Anthropocene. Human activity is profoundly altering the biosphere and, by extension, the very geology of the planet.

What particular human activities affect climate? Just Cool It gives exhaustive details about the effect of our addiction to fossil fuels, our profligate use of fertilizers, deforestation, overfishing, the “massive swirling islands of plastic waste in the oceans.” Everything is connected.

The book gives vivid accounts of desertification of grasslands, massive insect invasion of forests, catastrophic storms and floods, and migrations of people escaping starvation when droughts cause crops to fail.

With growing human populations and profit-driven consumer based economics, more land is being eaten up by development, habitat is being destroyed and degraded, and resources are being exploited at unsustainable levels. Natural capital is disappearing.

So what is to be done? The bulk of the book is taken up with solutions — things we can do individually and collectively.

  • As individuals we can resist an economic system that encourages waste and consumption and the careless use of fossil fuels.
  • We can divest from the fossil fuel industry and invest in renewable.
  • We can cultivate habits of bicycling, walking, and using public transportation instead of cars.
  • We can resist anti-transit campaigns.
  • We can use fuel-efficient cars or electric cars.
  • We can insulate our homes and use energy-efficient lighting.
  • We can install solar panels on our houses.
  • We can buy less “stuff” and waste less.
  • We can eat less meat and, by composting, waste less food.

In our agriculture, we can get away from factory farming and monocultures that use GMO seeds requiring chemicals. We can “design an agroecosystem that mimics the structure and function of local ecosystems and replace GMOs with evolutionary plant breeding.”

The authors praise the urban agriculture movement which uses space within cities to grow food and keep livestock.

Technological solutions are most important. We must revolutionize the way we produce electricity. Etc.!

Climate change is the most important crisis humanity has faced, but we still confront huge barriers to resolving it.

Just Cool It! is scientist David Suzuki at his most passionate. In this book, he offers a comprehensive look at the current state of climate science and knowledge and the many ways to resolve the climate crisis, imploring us to do what’s necessary to live in a better, cleaner future. When enough people demand action, change starts happening—and this time, it needs all of us doing our best—and the political will to commit ourselves to challenging the system where deregulated capitalism seems to dominate government.

Publisher’s Description: 

A resounding postParis Agreement wake-up call about the urgency of the climate crisis that offers a range of practical solutionsand above all, hope.

Climate change is the most important crisis humanity has faced, but we still confront huge barriers to resolving it. So, what do we do, and is there hope for humanity? The problem itself is complex, and theres no single solution. But by understanding the barriers to resolving global warming and by employing a wide range of solutionsfrom shifting to clean energy to planting trees to reforming agricultural practiceswe can get the world back on track.

Just Cool It is David Suzuki at his most passionate. In this book, he offers a comprehensive look at the current state of climate science and knowledge and the many ways to resolve the climate crisis, imploring us to do whats necessary to live in a better, cleaner future. When enough people demand action, change starts happeningand this time, it could be monumental.

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