Book Review

Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

By Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature — issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic — was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: 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. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. 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.

Video of April 26 Town Hall on the Green New Deal now Available

If you were able to attend the Climate Solutions Speaker Series town Hall event on the evening of Friday, April 26, you know that it was an exciting event due to Rep. Lori Trahan’s excellent explanation of the Green New Deal and the participation of a panel of young activists from four of the area’s local high schools, public and private. If you couldn’t attend the event and would like to see what happened, it was recorded for CCTV and is now available for “on demand” streaming by clicking on this link.

Middle School Project Moves Ahead at Concord Town Meeting

A Concord Public School plan to build a single new Concord Middle School to replace two aging middle schools gained momentum at Concord’s annual Town Meeting, where voters agreed, by a large margin, to appropriate up to $1.5 million for a feasibility study toward construction at the existing Sanborn site. The article passed with an amendment filed by Brad Hubbard-Nelson to ensure that the new school is net zero energy and fossil fuel free. Superintendent Laurie Hunter voiced her support for the amendment. Passage of this article, as amended, is an exciting step toward making all new public buildings in this community fossil fuel free, which is important to fulfilling the Town’s energy goals.

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