ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE - GAIA VINCE
Devastatingly beautiful insight into how humanity has changed the world and what ordinary people are doing to combat climate change. Best Part of Ordinary Gold Star.
Cognitive Ease= 5 Technical = 5 Story = 5 Enjoyment = 4 Memorable = 4 Ronseal Effect = 4 Talkability = 3 Longivity = 4
The most important part of this book is.....that is clearly shows climate change is happening today and the relative stability that we have known in my lifetime is coming to an end.
The most interesting part of this book is....how people living in some of the biggest slums and poorest areas make life better. They are the fixers and doers that the world needs.
In a lot of ways this book was harder to read than Naomi Klein's last year. Where as Naomi is full of the fight of an eco warrior Gaia is more reflective whilst no less damming. This is what humanity has done to our beautiful planet - created a new age of mass extinction - the Anthrpocene
5,500 years ago world population 5 million - 150 years ago (Industrial Revolution) - 1 billion
As a species our brains are almost identical to our ancestors 100,000 years ago when we lived in very small social groups. How can we even begin to imagine the now 7 billion people of us and the impact this has on the earth?
This 2 year journey round the world gives us that snapshot. In choosing to concentrate on some remarkable people who are finding ways to combat climate change it feels very real, very immediate and her final chapter about how life in 2100 might be like demonstrates that in Gaia's opinion the world will be a very different place for a grand and great grand children. .
- Split into types of geography - from atmospherre, mountains, rivers, farmland, oceans, deserts, savannahs, forests, rocks and finally cities. Detailing the human impact which is mostly bad and what can and is being done
- Glacier builder Norphel, fog nets in South America, painting mountains white, fishing and farming in Africa, hydrodams in South America
- Rosa Maria Luiz's lost battle to create an Amazon sanctuary and life as a Bolivian miner with an average life expectancy of 10 years
- 568,000 used old mines in the US alone