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Climate

Written by: Charles Eisenstein
Narrated by: Steve Wojtas
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Publisher's Summary

Flipping the script on climate change, Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction

With research and insight, Charles Eisenstein details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our “fight” mentality. With an entire chapter unpacking the climate change denier’s point of view, he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach. The rivers, forests, and creatures of the natural and material world are sacred and valuable in their own right, not simply for carbon credits or preventing the extinction of one species versus another. After all, when you ask someone why they first became an environmentalist, they’re likely to point to the river they played in, the ocean they visited, the wild animals they observed, or the trees they climbed when they were a kid. This refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides real, actionable steps to caring for the Earth. Freeing ourselves from a war mentality and seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison reform to saving the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health, we resist reflexive postures of solution and blame and reach toward the deep place where commitment lives.

©2018 Charles Eisenstein (P)2018 North Atlantic Books

What the critics say

“What a blast of sanity! Eisenstein's corrective is a bracing piece of work, dazzlingly thought through and eloquent in its articulation. He writes from within an uncannily woke worldview, enacting a full-bodied way of thinking that discerns and feels into the complex entanglement of our lives with every facet of this breathing biosphere. This book is visionary and prophetic, achingly grounded and useful to the max.” (David Abram, cultural ecologist, geophilosopher, and author of Becoming Animal and The Spell of the Sensuous)

“There is nothing ‘safe’ in these writings; almost every chapter courts controversy. We as readers are the beneficiaries of this bravery. This is a message that must be heard loud and clear as we chart a path toward social and ecological renewal.” (Helena Norberg-Hodge, author and filmmaker of Ancient Futures and The Economics of Happiness)
 

“This is a groundbreaking book. Eisenstein makes an inspiring, positive, and convincing case for a full and proper understanding of the present human predicament - a radical shift from a utilitarian worldview to an integral world view rooted in a sense of the sacred which recognizes the intrinsic value of nature and life.” (Satish Kumar, founder of Schumacher College and editor emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist)

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This should be a school book

An absolutely inspiring, eloquently written book full of heart and inspiration. So many detailed insights and considerations for what was, what is, and what could be. Recommended to everyone.

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Unbelievably Relevant

Nothing short of a revolutionary book for this challenging time we now face. The narrative focuses on ecological healing rather than adaptation or carbon emissions. I absolutely loved the book and how it opened me up to viewing this crisis through a completely new lens. I would recommend this book to any environmentalist. Beautiful.

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great content, mediocre reading

Fantastic content that drags a little because of a sort of boring reading. Unfortunately I was tuning out because the performance would drone on and on without much inflection or emotion. sad since I think Eisenstein himself would have been a much better narrator based on interviews I've heard.

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So rewarding!

I’m a big fan of Eisenstein’s, and Climate: A New Story rewards like the rest of his books! I read this after reading Naomi Klein’s On Fire and This Changes Everything as well as Jeremy Rifkin’s The Green New Deal. All very important books at this time. It was nice to have a broader deeper perspective to Climate change.

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  • Love Fry
  • 2019-01-15

Not just a book, but a way of life

If we, as a global society, could only read two books for the duration of our lives they should be: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible AND Climate A New Story - both by Charles Eisenstein. These two brilliant works of art beautifully articulate the change that is needed as well as the change that IS happening. The change starts with us, with each of our unique expressions of life being embraced and cultivated through love. You are Loved. You ARE Love.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-08

A paradigm pusher of a climate story

Charles Eisenstein presents a compelling argument for a shift in the whole foundation of the climate discourse. In media and politics the discussion is most often framed in terms of finance and economics, a weighing of fiscal gain against climate losses, a story doomed to failure as their can be no reconciliation there. Eisenstein presents powerful examples of where change does actually occur and illustrates how it comes out of individual or collective connection to place, that we react when we see the loss of habitats we have come to love and not at statistics over global temperature changes or indeed the paralysingly catastrophic rhetoric of many climate campaigns. He offers pragmatic ways in which such understandings can be translated into public policy on a local/global level. This is a broad, open and encompassing treatise that will resound with people on all sides of the 'climate debate' without diminishing in any way the depth of the crisis we currently find ourselves in.
The narrater reads as though he were the author - in the best possible sense.

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  • Steve Smalley
  • 2019-01-18

powerful

Really challenged me to think outside the box. A new and broad way to look at healing the planet.

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  • Shawn Oueinsteen
  • 2018-11-18

Only Flower Power Will Fix Climate

Eisenstein believes Gaia is an intelligent being, God. And if we love Gaia, all problems will be fixed. He belongs in Haight-Ashbury in 1971. He's a hippie wannabee. The book has a lot of good technical data, wasted.

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  • Laura Nettleton
  • 2021-07-04

Climate: A New Story

I have read many books on environmental issues and this one is one of the best. The only one that is better is another book by the same author A More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. They both represent such mastery and understanding of the state of our world the myths and the truths, they should be required reading by our elected officials.

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  • Nevets
  • 2021-02-27

Repetitive Talking Head pays lip service to Heart

I find Charles to be repetitive and verbose. Saying what could be said in a few succinct statements with long winded left brained paragraphs. He is very left brained.

He groups spiritual practices into one thing as if non-dual teachings and shamanism are the same thing. He gets a bit into his feeling when he talks about some magical trees at the end but is often just long winded and boring. if you have listened to one of his books you have listened to them all...

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  • Vicki Chi
  • 2021-09-30

Thought provoking!

Although the book started a bit slow, it gets better. I very much enjoyed the range of topics covered, especially the reset of the financial system part is thought provoking. I must also say the author takes on an unrealistic Western liberals perspective when it comes to development, while not really offering a realistic solution that combines development with sustainability. Telling lower income countries that they don’t need to develop is not really a solution is it? 😂We know the old way isn’t working, the western ideal of ‘being developed’ has been very damaging, what then is the right way? When is International companies going to stop advertising their way of life to ppl living in developing world?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-01-09

A lucid approach to saving life on this planet.

Eisenstein takes you through an understanding of our current issues by picking apart climate talking points of both liberalism and conservatism. He does so with balance and fairness. Not only does he help knock down our walls of political dogma, he brings applicable solutions to each member of our society. If there is going to be one book you listen to this whole year please make it this one. This book should be a required read/listen if you are a human.

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  • DC
  • 2020-09-10

Great Discussion, No Matter Where You Stand

I really enjoyed being given all perspectives and listening to a discussion on each factor that affects climate and our current situation here on Earth. While I do not agree entirely with all points made, it was extremely helpful to hear arguments and cases made for each idea. Very well done. I would recommend this to anyone, from climate alarmist to climate deniers. All have something to gain from this book.

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  • Michael F.
  • 2022-04-01

Sober Wisdom For Best Results

The middle way(as applied to system analysis) of the current crisis careening into our faces.
I love this ‘honoring of all prospective’, with the honest authentic appraisal & understanding that allows this intensity to be grasped by everyone to actually discuss & apply, with sobriety for all extremes.
I’m gonna listen again a few more times cause it’s really great poetry as well. :-)