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Plan B 2.0

Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble

By Lester Brown

Reviewed by Catherine Thomasson, former President, PSR Board of Directors

Lester Brown offers us a well-referenced and emotionally moving treatise on the decline of the global environment as well as a plan for dealing with the limits of the natural resources on earth. He recounts in detail humankind’s rapacious use of oil, water and forests as well as the devestation wreaked by accelerating global warming. He puts this in context by describing evidence of the ongoing decline or collapse of natural and human systems.

Plan B 2.0 is a blueprint for repair and restoration and tackles the problems of population, environment, poverty and climate. Similar to the PSR policy of Prescription for a Secure and Healthy Planet, he argues for an economy not based on war and fossil fuels, but rather one of sustainability that addresses root causes of terrorism and failed states. While some of the solutions already implemented seem paltry in comparison to the task, his chapter on building a new economy is useful especially for providing a real world language with which to convince our policymakers.

His conclusion is that if we are resolved to save the planet, the price of $161 billion per year is small to repair our spendthrift ways compared to the current spending of $975 billion for the world’s military that risks losing our economy and food, health and physical security.

Mr. Lester Brown is President of Earth Policy Institute and founder of Worldwatch Institute. He has been writing and advocating for a sustainable earth for over 30 years.

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