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The last hours of ancient sunlight : waking up to personal and global transformation

Author: Thom Hartmann
Publisher: Northfield, Vt. : Mystical Books, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thom Hartmann
ISBN: 0965572811 9780965572811
OCLC Number: 39097449
Description: xxvii, 303 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: We're Running Out of Ancient Sunlight --
We're Made Out of Sunlight --
Extracting more sunlight--from other animals --
Extracting more sunlight--from the land --
When ancient sunlight got stored in the Earth --
Using ancient sunlight --
More ways to burn ancient sunlight --
So, how long will our savings hold out? How much fossil fuel do we have left? --
How Can Things Look So Good Yet Be So Bad? --
Don't "pay as you go"--just live off your "startup capital" --
The "Ponzi scheme" --
Our fossil fuel resources: startup capital or Ponzi scheme? --
Can we "grow our way out of it"? --
Ancient diseases are re-emerging --
Things may look good simply because we don't see or hear what's happening --
Slavery and Freedom --
Glimpsing a Possible Future in Haiti and Other Hot Spots --
The Philippines: children hunting for garbage to eat --
Nepal: walking four hours to find the day's wood --
Western Africa: the wood was used up, erosion set it, now it's desert --
We notice rapid changes, not slow ones --
The Death of the Trees --
Trees --
The root system "water pump" --
Reseeded saplings can't pull the water down --
Trees for beef: slashing rainforests so Americans can have a 99-cent burger --
Deforesting removes roots, affecting groundwater and the water cycle --
Extinctions: Diversity Supports Survival --
Diversity supports survival, and we're losing it --
When systems are small, local, and widely scattered, they're relatively immune to failure --
Social diversity, too, is suffering --
Climate Changes --
The Garden of Eden and the Flood.
Responsibility: by Thom Hartmann.

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