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Climate: A New Story

Written by: Charles Eisenstein
Narrated by: Steve Wojtas
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins

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Flipping the script on climate change, Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction

With research and insight, Charles Eisenstein details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our “fight” mentality. With an entire chapter unpacking the climate change denier’s point of view, he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach. The rivers, forests, and creatures of the natural and material world are sacred and valuable in their own right, not simply for carbon credits or preventing the extinction of one species versus another. After all, when you ask someone why they first became an environmentalist, they’re likely to point to the river they played in, the ocean they visited, the wild animals they observed, or the trees they climbed when they were a kid. This refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides real, actionable steps to caring for the Earth. Freeing ourselves from a war mentality and seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison reform to saving the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health, we resist reflexive postures of solution and blame and reach toward the deep place where commitment lives.

©2018 Charles Eisenstein (P)2018 North Atlantic Books

Critic Reviews

“What a blast of sanity! Eisenstein's corrective is a bracing piece of work, dazzlingly thought through and eloquent in its articulation. He writes from within an uncannily woke worldview, enacting a full-bodied way of thinking that discerns and feels into the complex entanglement of our lives with every facet of this breathing biosphere. This book is visionary and prophetic, achingly grounded and useful to the max.” (David Abram, cultural ecologist, geophilosopher, and author of Becoming Animal and The Spell of the Sensuous)

“There is nothing ‘safe’ in these writings; almost every chapter courts controversy. We as readers are the beneficiaries of this bravery. This is a message that must be heard loud and clear as we chart a path toward social and ecological renewal.” (Helena Norberg-Hodge, author and filmmaker of Ancient Futures and The Economics of Happiness)
 

“This is a groundbreaking book. Eisenstein makes an inspiring, positive, and convincing case for a full and proper understanding of the present human predicament - a radical shift from a utilitarian worldview to an integral world view rooted in a sense of the sacred which recognizes the intrinsic value of nature and life.” (Satish Kumar, founder of Schumacher College and editor emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist)

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  • Steve Smalley
  • 18-01-19

powerful

Really challenged me to think outside the box. A new and broad way to look at healing the planet.

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  • Love Fry
  • 15-01-19

Not just a book, but a way of life

If we, as a global society, could only read two books for the duration of our lives they should be: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible AND Climate A New Story - both by Charles Eisenstein. These two brilliant works of art beautifully articulate the change that is needed as well as the change that IS happening. The change starts with us, with each of our unique expressions of life being embraced and cultivated through love. You are Loved. You ARE Love.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-19

A paradigm pusher of a climate story

Charles Eisenstein presents a compelling argument for a shift in the whole foundation of the climate discourse. In media and politics the discussion is most often framed in terms of finance and economics, a weighing of fiscal gain against climate losses, a story doomed to failure as their can be no reconciliation there. Eisenstein presents powerful examples of where change does actually occur and illustrates how it comes out of individual or collective connection to place, that we react when we see the loss of habitats we have come to love and not at statistics over global temperature changes or indeed the paralysingly catastrophic rhetoric of many climate campaigns. He offers pragmatic ways in which such understandings can be translated into public policy on a local/global level. This is a broad, open and encompassing treatise that will resound with people on all sides of the 'climate debate' without diminishing in any way the depth of the crisis we currently find ourselves in.
The narrater reads as though he were the author - in the best possible sense.

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  • Luke
  • 01-12-19

Everyone needs to read this book

This book comes with such a balanced view. And paints a realistic picture of possibility.

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  • Jean
  • 30-09-19

down to earth help

After listening diligently to the Mel Robbins book, I think that I’ve internalized the main take-away : ask yourself what’s your biggest fear, tune-in to how the fear expresses itself in your body, notice the pattern of behavior that follows, and make incremental adjustments to begin shifting the pattern and opening new possibilities for being in the world. I like the way she’s assimilated the big ideas of the science of trauma into her coaching. She’s kind and insightful, while still being oriented towards action. The steps she suggests are all very do-able. And I like her honesty about the limits of the tools she offers--sometimes therapy has to be step #1/

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-09-19

Must read/listen

This is not another book of doom that treats human beings like parasites. Nor does it preach sustainable growth. It preaches something desperately missing from the debate and very obvious, even for a religious climate policy sceptic like myself. The fact that the earth and all that grows out of her, is living, sentient being, including these amazing creatures called human beings. The consequences of this realization for the way we act and the foundations of our current system are described in depth and with great clarity on all levels. It asks for radical change on the macro, but, perhaps more importantly, the micro level. The focus on the local and unique as the solution to a global systemic problem is perhaps what I love most about this book. It is more about the way we treat our backyard than about our political color (if any). Accepting this is and acting on it, is not an easy thing but it is humbling and beautiful to realize that there is hope. Not for managing disaster but for a much much more beautiful world.

This book is also a must read for spiritual seekers who experience a gap between their inner life and the so-called real world, and for confused professionals who are bugged by the gap between what we teach our children and how we do and teach business.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-19

The better path forward

Climate presents just about the only narrative that will actually work. Once again thanks, Charles.

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  • Anake Goodall
  • 29-04-19

Constructively Provocative

Challenging, thought-provoking and validating. Charles uses logic, examples, facts and gentle questions to invite us to consider alternative options in relation to the big issues of the day. Masterfully done. Great choice of narrator too; sounding very much like the author. Recommended!

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  • T. Harrison
  • 05-12-18

For the Business of Life

"Climate" is a a vital book for business that only the most daring - and most caring - CEOs will read - and heed! I am sorrowful for those who do not.

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  • Shawn
  • 18-11-18

Only Flower Power Will Fix Climate

Eisenstein believes Gaia is an intelligent being, God. And if we love Gaia, all problems will be fixed. He belongs in Haight-Ashbury in 1971. He's a hippie wannabee. The book has a lot of good technical data, wasted.

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  • OrchardyHenry
  • 30-03-19

Yes, brilliant, let's do it!

Very many people will recognise important messages and see possibilities for action from this book

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  • Ed
  • 14-09-19

Little said in a lot of words

This author talks and talks and never seems to say anything. Just when you think he is getting to the point, another stream of words circle you round and you are left waiting.

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  • Andrea Bottarel
  • 24-07-19

Repetitive and rather inconclusive

I appreciate the tentative approach to a commonly discussed problem from a rather unconventional point of view, but the author, in my opinion, makes the mistake of being repetitive while also putting two very different things on the same level.
There is also a tendency to the usage of generalized categories, as if all scientists acted in a cold surgical way and all unconventional thinkers acted out of the pureness of their hearts, instead of delusional thoughts.
Finally, the author offers his objectives as a solution, without offering a real way to get there.

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  • chris
  • 08-07-19

Ever wondered why they don’t listen??

You need to get to the source to understand the directions to head off in. I am surrounded by people’s opinions on “climate change”, none of them agree or line up so we go nowhere but further down the wrong path. This book shines a sun in the only direction. Thanks Charles.

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  • Tim
  • 25-04-19

critical book for all to read

this book is a journey into, and critique of, the past ways of development and human activity... it challenges the reader to open honesty of what a thriving future could look like

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-19

Exceptional!!!

It was very well researched, well written, well narrated and the message is deeply deeply needed at this time. Cannot recommend this book enough, well done Charles Eisenstein