Hello my fellow wordsmiths and page turners,
Again, we are looking at something a little different today. I really feel like I have read quite a lot of books that lie outside of my usual comfort zone in the last few months. Now I must warn you this review is somewhat heavier than my usual reviews, I don’t think I will be making a habit of reading such books, but something about this one resonated with me, and I felt the need to share it with you all.
There is no Planet B, is one of those books. It was released in 2019, and is an analytical projection of what we can expect to happen to the planet, should we continue on our current course, and what we can do to avoid environmental catastrophe.
The book is packed full of information that is clearly explained and supported with numerous graphs, tables, charts and graphics. It is well organised and discusses topics such as Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, and plastics. It also touches upon when we might emigrate to another planet.
Although I must admit that in places some of the information within the book does come across as somewhat naive in my opinion. Particularly around the topic of diet, where I agree that we could eat less meat, soy is far from being an ideal or even recommended source of protein. Especially as Soy production is a particularly destructive method of farming which in the long run will have further adverse effects on the environment (however, I am aware this is a projection of my own opinion).
Despite my thoughts surrounding the dietary section the writing style of the book is both informal and accessible, while not being a stranger to facts and figures. I admit that It can come across a little condescending in some sections, however, I feel the tone is needed in order to drive the importance of the topics discussed and how we need to face the environmental crisis because piecemeal approaches by individual companies and countries simply will not work. We are faced with a global problem which has to be addressed globally.
I believe that everyone should read this book, and should do so as soon as possible. If we do continue at the rate we have been, I feel we will be quickly running out of time to prevent the world society-shattering changes that we’re currently hurtling towards.
But don’t take my word for it, pick up a copy and give it a read and let me know what you think.
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