The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse: Pat Watson

This book by Pascal Bruckner was intensely philosophical in his examination of  the environmental movement ant its leading points. While I feel I may have missed some of the subtleties of this work through missed or misunderstood sarcasm and satire, the main point of the book was still very clear. Essentially people need to change the view point from which the enlarging carbon footprint and endless downward funnel of ecological issues is an inescapable end-all for Earth. Bruckner’s main backing for this argument was the idea that the negative apocalypse like description of the environment makes people feel guilty and pessimistic instead of energized to try and help.

However the negative impacts human society has had on our planet is clear to see and bluntly recognized by Bruckner. I feel it is a little ironic to blame capitalism for the environment. While capitalism has made a large impact it is hard to simply blame a global catastrophe on a single ideal.

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