Marc Morano blogs: "Time for Meds? NASA scientist James Hansen endorses book which calls for 'ridding the world of Industrial Civilization' - Hansen declares author 'has it right...the system is the problem'
Book proposes 'razing cities to the ground, blowing up dams and switching off the greenhouse gas emissions machine'...."
Excerpt: In a scary new book called Time's Up - whose free online version titled A Matter Of Scale you can read here - author Keith Farnish claims: "The only way to prevent global ecological collapse and thus ensure the survival of humanity is to rid the world of Industrial Civilization."
He believes - as the Hon Sir Jonathon Porritt does - that mankind is a blot on the landscape and that breeding (or for that matter, existence) should be discouraged:
In short, the greatest immediate risk to the population living in the conditions created by Industrial Civilization is the population itself. Civilization has created the perfect conditions for a terrible tragedy on the kind of scale never seen before in the history of humanity. That is one reason for there to be fewer people, providing you are planning on staying within civilization - I really wouldn't recommend it, though.
Among his proposed solutions to this problem are wanton destruction:
Unloading essentially means the removal of an existing burden: for instance, removing grazing domesticated animals, razing cities to the ground, blowing up dams and switching off the greenhouse gas emissions machine. The process of ecological unloading is an accumulation of many of the things I have already explained in this chapter, along with an (almost certainly necessary) element of sabotage.
Needless to say, Dr James Hansen thinks this book is great. Here is his quote on the Amazon website:
Keith Farnish has it right: time has practically run out, and the 'system' is the problem. Governments are under the thumb of fossil fuel special interests - they will not look after our and the planet's well-being until we force them to do so, and that is going to require enormous effort.
text by Marc Morano