I always read non-fiction, and this year I’m reading more of it than usual in preparation for my “Backing into Eden” blog series. I just finished Mark Lynas’s “The God Species: How the Planet can Survive in the Age of Humans.”Â I read his Six Degrees late last year and recommended it highly. Â Six Degrees is specifically a well-done survey of climate change research. Â The God Species is a broader look at challenges to the planet, and it follows the planetary boundaries research, which I found a useful way to look at the current and future stresses we must confront. It is a reminder that we are both challenged by more than we may think, and capable of more than we might imagine. Â It’s good work.
Lynas pulls no punches and he is no PC green. Â I didn’t agree with him on everything, but that’s not the point. Â To me, this is the most important conversation of our time, and it is up to us to have it. Â This book should be read by everyone.