Falter: Has the Human Race Begun to Play Itself Out?
By Bill McKibben
In 1989, Bill McKibben published his groundbreaking book The End of Nature, the first account of the dawning threat of global warming. The book opened a lot of eyes. Thirty years on, McKibben again surveys the state of our world and finds that the stakes have risen: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience.
Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. McKibben introduces us to the people creating and celebrating these changes, the cultures that have been upended by them, and the future generations who will never experience the human existence that we once took for granted. And then, drawing on his experience in helping to build 350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, McKibben offers possible ways out of the trap we've set for ourselves. We're at a bleak moment in human history- and we'll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away.
Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.