[UCP Books]: Hope on Earth: A Conversation

“Why read a dialogue, instead of the usual book written from beginning to end by one author? The Greek philosopher Plato figured out the answer over 2,000 years ago: a dialogue can be much more exciting than a monologue, because it offers the human interest of a conversation, and it offers two rather than just one point of view. Whether or not you think that you already understand the state of the world, you’ll enjoy and learn from this vivid dialogue.”
Jared Diamond, author of The World Until Yesterday


Hope on Earth

A Conversation

Paul R. Ehrlich & Michael Charles Tobias


Publication Date: May 15, 2014 ISBN-13: 978-0-226-11368-5
Cloth $20.00  


What if you had the chance to eavesdrop on two of the world’s leading interdisciplinary environmental scientists and get their unguarded and realistic perspective on the most pressing environmental concerns of the moment and the myriad options and complications involved in solving them? Hope on Earth provides just such a rare opportunity, presenting an informal and thought-provoking conversation between Paul R. Ehrlich and Michael Charles Tobias.

Both Ehrlich and Tobias argue that we are on the verge of environmental catastrophe, as the human population continues to grow without restraint and without significant attempts to deal with overconsumption and the vast depletion of resources and climate problems it creates. Though their views are sympathetic, they differ in their approach and in some key moral stances, giving rise to a heated and engaging dialogue that opens up dozens of new avenues of exploration. They both believe that the impact of a human society on its environment is the direct result of its population size, and through their dialogue they break down the complex social problems that are wrapped up in this idea and attempts to overcome it, hitting firmly upon many controversial topics such as circumcision, religion, reproduction, abortion, animal rights, diet, and gun control.

Paul R. Ehrlich lives in California, where he is the Bing Professor of Population Studies and the president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. He is the author or coauthor of many books, including The Population Bomb. Michael Charles Tobias is an ecologist, author, filmmaker, and president of the Dancing Star Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in California and focused on international biodiversity conservation, global environmental education, and animal protection. They are available for interviews. Please contact Carrie Olivia Adams at (773) 702-4216 or cadams@press.uchicago.edu


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