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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

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“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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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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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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powerful

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

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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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Changing our view of the planet through love.

Charles Eisenstein has a very unique approach to healing. I certainly have been affected by this book specially in seeing the world as a living, integrated being. Humans being a part of it. This vision will help us to radiate love and acceptance for the intertwined, complex web we are all a part of. I used to quantify everything and this book has changed my perspective of the approach of the quantifiable and the story of separating things. I had read and listened to his essay prior to reading the whole book but it was definitely a whole lot better. I hope it can be a source of inspiration to many more.

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  • 02-18-21

Incredible Lucidity

I’m a big fan of Charles Eisenstein’s work, and this book was no exception. He has a way of unfolding and revealing a new world story in a way that gives me a very grounded sense of hope. This book is full of both useful, sobering information and inspiring, hopeful possibilities. The narrator was very pleasant to listen to and read the book with heart. Highly recommend!

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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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  • 09-10-20

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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the story is love

I hope billions of people read and hear this book. Deeply challenging and hopeful. We need a level of shift in our perception and consciousness that is far beyond any mathematical debate around climate. We will always be at war with each other and the environment until we can start from a place of love.

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one of this era's most important books

Eisenstein does it again: he gets beyond the reason into the dark spaces of our culture's subconscious narratives and deconstructs its foundation while he holds the reader's hand to steady them as their whole worldview unravels, He offers a new narrative. a new hope, a stronger and more grounded foundation for a new more beautiful world.

This book is a good philosophy book for non-philosophers. It is not meant to be as thorough as a philosopher might expect, but its great for most of us. it does not need to be complex or unintuitive to be granted as true. it is simple and true in the most profound way.

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  • 03-30-19

Yes, brilliant, let's do it!

Very many people will recognise important messages and see possibilities for action from this book

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  • Ed
  • 09-14-19

Little said in a lot of words

This author talks and talks and never seems to say anything. Just when you think he is getting to the point, another stream of words circle you round and you are left waiting.

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  • Andrea Bottarel
  • 07-24-19

Repetitive and rather inconclusive

I appreciate the tentative approach to a commonly discussed problem from a rather unconventional point of view, but the author, in my opinion, makes the mistake of being repetitive while also putting two very different things on the same level.
There is also a tendency to the usage of generalized categories, as if all scientists acted in a cold surgical way and all unconventional thinkers acted out of the pureness of their hearts, instead of delusional thoughts.
Finally, the author offers his objectives as a solution, without offering a real way to get there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-21

beautiful and possible

A beautiful invitation Into a new way of being and thinking, in relation not only to the climate of planet, but also that of the multitude of beings and relationships that comprise it. Elegant yet simple. powerful yet humble. Thank you again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-20

Lots to think about - and do

I found this one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read in a long time - providing new perspectives and explaining natural and constructed systems in easy to follow yet provocative ways. Demands a second read and then a personal action plan

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  • Zane
  • 04-14-20

best book I've ever read.

I loved it I've read across many fields but never heard them put so well together. and the focus on inter being instead of going war agaisnt the so called enemy enabled me to connect back to myself and to enjoying my project building a permaculture farm. where as before reading Charles book.

I had fallen into fear and fight the big enemy capitalism and constantly felt like I was failing and that theres no hope left except war. I'm so grateful to Charles Eisenstein book for changing my perspective back to a loving one

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  • Anna
  • 02-20-20

Amazing book

Amazing book which poinrs out everthing that is wrong in our society. But will the solution really work?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-20

Every human needs this book

This book is incredible, it cuts past the fluff of climate change &!finally gets to the core of the true reasons for this ecocide.

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  • Deanna
  • 01-02-20

Illustrates wonderfully the interbeing nature of reality and the ecological crisis

I am finding this book to be the concise piece of diligent work and simultaneous guide that I have been longing for in these times of ecological crisis and division.

This book illustrates to me the way that we can all be united to Love our planet and each other, and that this is the most simple and easy ( or unfathomably difficult) path forwards.

It illustrates how we are so stuck in thinking of the earth as a “very complicated machine” rather than a “living organism”, and that to reframe our thinking (and connect with our feeling) will lead us to protect and regenerate our home, our selves and each other.

This book is phenomenal- thank you Charles. and thanks particularly for illustrating also the climate awareness scale from denier” mentality to “catastrophist” and for being so considerate and compassionate to all.

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  • chris
  • 07-08-19

Ever wondered why they don’t listen??

You need to get to the source to understand the directions to head off in. I am surrounded by people’s opinions on “climate change”, none of them agree or line up so we go nowhere but further down the wrong path. This book shines a sun in the only direction. Thanks Charles.

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  • Tim
  • 04-25-19

critical book for all to read

this book is a journey into, and critique of, the past ways of development and human activity... it challenges the reader to open honesty of what a thriving future could look like

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-19

Exceptional!!!

It was very well researched, well written, well narrated and the message is deeply deeply needed at this time. Cannot recommend this book enough, well done Charles Eisenstein