With Earth Day 2021 upon us, Nathaniel Popkin's new book is certain to stir reflection and discussion. As reviewer Charlie Quimby notes, it is not a jeremiad nor preachy—quite the opposite. It is [a] short read intended to make conscious the unconscious things we as human societies are doing in consuming the nature that sustains us, and, at this rate, it leads to only one possible outcome.
To Reach the Spring tackles the big question of how humans can possibly face together an existential threat in which we are both victims and perpetrators. It is less a book about ecology than a human critique of the systems that have given us unimaginable freedom to consume the planet that sustains life.
The book’s 146 pages could easily be read in a day. I took much longer to finish, not because it was slow going but because each of its four chapters demanded reflection. I found myself underlining and starring the text on a substantial number of pages, then waited until I felt alert and committed enough to attend closely to the summing up.
And, by the way, To Reach the Spring just won the Firebird Book Award from Speak Up Talk Radio.
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