The Nature of Tomorrow: A History of the Environmental Future

The Nature of Tomorrow: A History of the Environmental Future
Library Shelf Location 36.RAWS
Publication Date 25 Jan 2022

An examination of how Western visions of endless future growth have contributed to the global environmental crisis.
For centuries, the West has produced stories about the future in which humans use advanced science and technology to transform the earth. Michael Rawson uses a wide range of works that include Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis, the science fiction novels of Jules Verne, and even the speculations of think tanks like the RAND Corporation to reveal the environmental paradox at the heart of these narratives: the single-minded expectation of unlimited growth on a finite planet.
Rawson shows how these stories, which have long pervaded Western dreams about the future, have helped to enable an unprecedentedly abundant and technology-driven lifestyle for some while bringing the threat of environmental disaster to all. Adapting to ecological realities, he argues, hinges on the ability to create new visions of tomorrow that decouple growth from the idea of progress.

ISBN 9780300255195
Quantity 1
Pages 248
Author Michael Rawson
Format Hardback
Publisher Yale University Press
Category Natural History and Ecology
Keywords Nature, Environmental crisis, Ecology, Science and technology, The West, Environmental disaster
Language English

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