First Look: Countdown, The New Book By Environment Speaker Alan Weisman
With the population exploding, and the planet not getting any bigger, what does the future hold? Weisman traveled to 20 different countries to ask some of the toughest—and most critical—questions about population growth, prosperity, and sustainability. As his book proves, the time has come to seriously consider how we can arrive at a stable, optimum population, and operate in an economy of prosperity that doesn't promote endless growth. And, as The Los Angeles Times says, "Weisman reminds us that when the experts are worried, we should pay attention."
Check out what some of the first reviews are saying about his book, below. Weisman will also be doing a slew of events to promote the book. Find out when he'll be in your city.
- "He makes a strong case for slowing global population growth—and even for reducing overall population numbers—as a prerequisite for achieving a sustainable future . . . Weisman's emphasis on expanding access to contraception as the next-best strategy is both pragmatic and workable, as past efforts have shown. It is to be hoped that his message may be heeded sooner rather than later."—Nature
- “Spirited descriptions, a firm grasp of complex material, and a bomb defuser’s steady precision make for a riveting read . . . Weisman’s cogent and forthright global inquiry, a major work, delineates how education, women’s equality, and family planning can curb poverty, thirst, hunger, and environmental destruction. Rigorous and provoking.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred review
- “This is not a jeremiad but a realistic, vividly detailed exploration of the greatest problem facing our species.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
- “Provocative and sobering, this vividly reported book raises profound concerns about our future.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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