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Eaarth: holding onto hope despite the odds against it

When Bill McKibben's latest book Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet came out, I was so excited to read it that I immediately put it on hold at our local library, along with about 1000 other people. Yet, as I neared the end of the line, I became more reluctant to read it. Or, skeered, truth be told.

Perhaps you saw McKibben when he appeared on Letterman late in the summer? While I admired Letterman for having McKibben on the show, and giving 11 minutes to an important topic, it seemed to me that what Letterman was trying to say was: Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we will die. While that's not a real quote, Letterman did say something along the lines of "the little contributions we all make don't add up to much." If you haven't watched the clip, carve out 11 minutes in your schedule and take a gander.

About those little contributions not adding up to much... This isn't news to me, or probably you. If you look at the science behind climate change and global warming, it's all pretty frightening. Yet, I put on my big girl pants and read the book. I'm not going to do a real review, but I will say that McKibben continues to give me hope, where other experts often leave me feeling quite hopeless. It's a pretty quick read, and I heartily recommend Eaarth. I will also keep taking baby steps, and making my little contributions to living sustainably.


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