ESCAPE FROM BUBBLEWORLD
ESCAPE FROM BUBBLEWORLD: SEVEN CURVES TO SAVE THE EARTH
by KEITH SKENE
Keith Skene, one of the leading new voices in sustainability and director of the influential Biosphere Research Institute, sets out an original and radical agenda for sustainability, introducing a new philosophy for survival and providing a positive environmentalist message for humankind.
The Biosphere has been cruelly assaulted by our efforts to maintain hugely expensive lifestyles and a bloated population. We have unleashed the three great horsemen of this modern apocalypse, climate change, habitat destruction and pollution. Extinction rates are two hundred times higher than background, the ozone layer has been depleted by fifty percent and skin cancer rates are soaring. Yet we carry on regardless. How can we possibly ignore the dire consequences of our activities? Welcome to Bubbleworld. Bubbleworld is a place of isolation, selfishness, distorted thinking and artificial reality. Separated from our original context, as part of a balanced biosphere, we have lost our way and turned to ourselves for solutions. This book explores how we ended up in Bubbleworld, and brings a positive message: we can escape! Using seven key graphs to explore how the rest of the planet works, Skene explains how we can rediscover sustainability within a new context, or rather, one that we used to know well. He sets out a new philosophy for conservation, sustainability, design and resilience, one that celebrates balance, flow and diversity. It's not too late to escape from Bubbleworld!
KEY WORDS: SUSTAINABILITY, RESILIENCE, ECOLOGY, BIOSPHERE,SUB-OPTIMALITY, DIVERSITY, DISTURBANCE, PRODUCT DESIGN
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PREFACE: The author explains why he wrote this book.
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