Global warming, energy shortages, overpopulation — it's no wonder that as a society, we're in an apocalyptic mood. Out of an endless stream of gloomy prognoses for humanity's future, we have emerged with little inspiration and few concrete ideas for change. Our Way Out is the first time that our most urgent global challenges have been treated as aspects of a single, larger crisis — and the first to acknowledge that while crises reinforce each other, solutions enable each other. The transformation to sustainability is already happening, in many small ways, in many parts of the world. Our Way Out shows us how we can scale up these efforts to create meaningful and lasting change.
This is not a book on climate change, energy, or any other single issue — it is the story of how within the solutions to the global crises we face, lie the seeds of something greater. It is a handbook for immense and exciting worldwide change. And, not least of all, it offers us robust hope that we can make things better.
MARQ DE VILLIERS is the critically acclaimed author of ten books on exploration, history, politics, and travel, including Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource, which won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction and has become the definitive book on this global crisis, with editions and foreign translations in more than twenty countries. Born in South Africa, de Villiers has lived on four continents, edited travel publications in ten countries, and is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
Praise for Water:
"[De Villiers] has done his homework thoroughly and brings both ecological and historical knowledge to bear in his frank criticism of how the world's water resources have been managed. . . . Thanks to de Villiers's humane tone and nimble curiosity, Water ends on a progressive note, despite all its sobering and distressing information."
"Lucid and thorough, Water is a good place to tap into this subject, vast as the spreading Sahara yet intimate as your dripping kitchen faucet."
— Los Angeles Times