Book Review: Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto by Stewart Brand
Hardcover: 336 page
Publisher: Viking Adult (October 15, 2009)
Stewart Brand is an invigorating and challenging writer. He has a long history in the environmental movement. His green credentials are undeniable. But he is not afraid to think outside the box. To challenge current environmental thinking. And to fight against the destructive role of ideology which can be such a limitation in political movements.
This book has two clear messages for environmentalists and “greens”:
1: Discard ideology.
2: Cities are green, nuclear energy is green, genetic engineering is green.
Brand proposes a pragmatic, non-ideological approach to the ecological and environmental problems we face today. In the process he has to critique some ideas he formerly promoted, and some of his allies still promote.
The book effectively deals with four areas. The role of cities, shanty towns and slums, the problem of anthropological contributions to climate change, the problem of energy and the role of nuclear power, and the resistance to solutions using genetic engineering.