OverDevelopment OverPopulation OverShoot – Book Review
Editor: Tom Butler
Genre: Coffee table, environment, photography, non-fiction
My rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: Published 17th February, 2015 by Goff Books
Format: Hardcover, 330 pages
What did I think?
Wow. Wow. Wow.
This is a large and heavy book that for the most part lets pictures taken around the world tell the earths story. Our story. And it shows where we are going wrong. The message is hard-hitting and has never been more necessary.
I thoroughly recommend this and I’m going to tell you a few quotes from the book and simply leave it at that.
“It is through the sheer mass of society, not simply from malevolence, that the rising human tide has become deadly to the rest of life. The collective weight of a bloated humanity has dire ecological and social consequences. Every pressing problem, from poverty and malnutrition to biodiversity loss and climate change, is linked to human numbers and behaviour. In aggregate, the prosaic actions of people—eating, manufacturing, polluting, shopping, warring—have made our species the functional equivalent of a geological force, able to affect even the global life support systems and climate in which our species evolved.”
“We have geared the machines and locked all together into interdependence; we have built the great cities; now there is no escape. We have gathered vast populations incapable of free survival, insulated from the strong earth, each person in himself helpless, on all dependent. The circle is closed, and the net is being hauled in, They hardly feel the cords drawing.” (Robinson Jeffers)
“Not until man sees the light and submits gracefully, moderating his homoecentricity; not until man accepts the primacy of beauty, diversity, and integrity of nature, and limits his dominion and numbers, placing equal value on the preservation of natural environments as on his own life, is there hope that he will survive.” (Hugh. H. Iltis)
“In ecology, the term overshoot describes the phenomenon of a species becoming so numerous that it outstrips its habitat.”
“In the developing world, the problem of population is seen less as a matter of human numbers than of western overconsumption. Yet within the development community, the only solution to the problems of the developing world is to export the same unsustainable economic model feeling the overconsumption of the West.” (Kavita Ramdas)
“There are some things in the world we can’t change—gravity, entropy, the speed of light…and our biological nature that requires clean air, clean water, clean soil, clean energy, and biodiversity for our health and well-being. Protecting the biosphere should be our highest priority or else we sicken and die. Other things, like capitalism, free enterprise, the economy, currency, the market, are not forces of nature, we invented them. They are not immutable and we can change them. It makes no sense to elevate economics above the biosphere.” (David Suzuki)
“Human domination over nature is quite simply an illusion, a passing dream by a naive species. It is an illusion that cost us much, ensnared us in our own designs, given us a few boasts to make about our courage and genius, but all the same it is an illusion.” (Donald Worster)
“I don’t understand why when we destroy something created by man we call it vandalism, but when we destroy something created by nature we call it progress.” (Ed Begley Jr.)
“A country can cut down its forests, erode its soils, pollute its aquifers and hunt its wildlife and fisheries to extinction, but its measured income is not affected as these assets disappear. Impoverishment is taken for progress.” (Robert Repetto)
I’ll leave it there. Amazing book.