The resulting blend of autobiography, argument and anecdote is a welcome relief from most of the doomsayers and airy dismissers who write about population. Also author of introduction to Walden: Lessons for the New Millennium, by , Beacon Press, 1997; Adirondacks: Views of an American Wilderness, by photographer Carl E. And you couldn't watch The Brady Bunch without thinking it looked like an awful lot of fun. And why would you—having watched what happened with Maria, why would you just go and set up the bowling pins in the alley one more time so that they can get knocked over again? They kept handing me bottles of cold water to drink, which I was grateful for. Not to mention the people who are losing it as we have hurricanes. There is nothing so strong in my life as the desire that my daughter be happy, healthy, whole; no worry as profound as that I may somehow screw her up.
At symposiums now, scientists are admitting that it is no longer about future change. One very bad thing, and the reason why I docked him two stars: in spite of his claim that he respects people who make the decision to be completely childless, in the last chapters of the book, he displays a clear bias against those who choose not to reproduce at all. Maybe bedtime came a little late, maybe she was hungry. It's as rare to see the birth of a prejudice as it is to watch the birth of a star -- most come from so deep in the past that it's hard to imagine there was a time when they didn't exist. It is more like the notion that redheads have tempers: you may vaguely believe it, but you are happy enough to have it overturned. The world has already been transformed. But the environment alone may not persuade most people to consider having just one child, as eighty percent of Americans have siblings.
He is in no way interested in a Chinese style forced one-child policy. And there is already so much cynicism loose in the land. World religions urge large families. Maybe One provides the basis for provocative, powerful thought and discussion that will influence our thinking for decades to come. The other 34,513 Starbucks scattered around the planet Earth and aboard our lazily orbiting space station will continue to listen to Mr. From the groundbreaking, bestselling author of The End of Nature, a controversial and provocative book arguing that to help the planet we should begin to voluntarily limit our numbers. The End of Nature, his first book, was published in 1989 and was regarded as the first book on climate change for a general audience.
New technology in fishing has decreased the number of fish available. When we are 400 million, each 'representative' will represent a million of us. Hell, I've seen amazing interactions between children and their siblings when those siblings are still in Mommy's tummy. He seems like such fine and edifying company. And the argument made for why you're a selfish bastard? This book should be titled Absolutely One: Or Else You Are A Selfish Bastard. In a way, this conclusion is not surprising: or what is surprising is how easy it is to assimilate.
He is irritating not only because he is so wrong, but also because he is so sanctimonious. He tries to advocate for a cultural shift to having one child in a gentle way, unpacking biases about only children, addressing religious motivations for having multiple children, explaining why it would be better for the planet in the long run if the U. But what he can and has done is gut the thing by refusing to keep any of our promises. Plus, he tells you about his vasectomy in great detail in order to start rendering those conversations less taboo. We all know people a little like him, and we are timid about criticizing them, too.
In this book, he discusses one-child families and the problem of overpopulation. Himself a resident of the , McKibben is one of only a few prominent environmental writers who has expressed some hope for the future of the natural world. So I needed to find out for sure. Not that McKibben wants a state policy mandating one child per family. . Inclined to leave out unimportant words in speaking. Human wastes kill far more people than nuclear wastes.
Heilman, Rizzoli, 1999; and The Mountains of California, by , Modern Library, 2001; author of epilogue for Wilderness Comes Home: Rewilding the Northeast, edited by Christopher McGrory Klyza, University Press of , 2001. The last section of the book veered off a bit. I thought the most interesting part of the book was the first part where he talks about the myth that only children are spoiled and unsocialized. Now, in Maybe One, he takes on the most controversial of environmental problems -- population. You're writing a book about how Americans choosing to have one child will help the planet.
The total fertility rate worldwide dropped by nearly two-fifths between 1955 and 1995; from about 5 children per woman to about 3. That's a lot of mouths to feed, fuel to burn, and waste to dispose! Day, review of Maybe One, p. And he was greeted with great acclaim -- there were even Hall Clubs to spread his work. He looks into the history behind that stereotype, and he reveals research that shows the only children are in An excellent and compelling argument about the need to reduce population for environmental reasons, McKibben goes into a thorough analysis of the elements behind his argument that people in the U. I felt like he was implying that adults who choose not to have children were selfish and that people who choose to have children are not selfish. I want to make myself. Summary From the groundbreaking, bestselling author of The End of Nature, a controversial and provocative book arguing that to help the planet we should begin to voluntarily limit our numbers.
Development, and an improvement in the status of women, has been generally more successful than coercion or exhortation in reducing fertility. If the psychology of only children interests you, I recommend getting this book from the library and reading the first and maybe also the last section, but skipping the population sections unless that is something you feel passionately about. To avoid worldwide catastrophe Here's the bottom line according to Bill McKibben: the earth will not be able to sustain its ever increasing population indefinitely. Maybe One provides the basis for provocative, powerful thought and discussion that will influence our thinking for decades to come. I also love his commitment to freedom, to never let a draconian law be passed still giving a certain benefit of the doubt to China - saying perhaps they faced real famine, while examine the negative consequences of the law.