Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hot, Flat and Crowded

Greener. Tom Friedman preaches to readers about a greener life in his new book, Hot, Flat and Crowded. Friedman connects three issues in this book: global warming, the rise of the global middle class, and the increase in world population. He challenges America to tackling this crisis with innovation. He wants us to become the world leader in green energy and in finding innovative ways out of the mess we’re in. While much of his message resonated for me, I found his tone so preachy at times that I needed to take a break from the text. The message is worth hearing, even if the messenger can be hard to listen to.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)

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  1. Artist and Advocate Ray Tapajna dedicates a site to the review of the World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. See why he calls it a corker.

    Thomas Friedman as an evangelist for free trade and globalization, ignores how these things have damaged the enviroment.

    See http://tapsearch.com/flatworld

    See also the Dark Side of an Energy Saving Light Bulb at http://www.phillyfuture.org/node/5298 about the 8000 mile light bulb.

  2. Another excellent book with a less "preachy" tone is Agenda for a Sustainable America, edited by John Dernbach. It's a collection of essays written by environmental experts and covers both policy analysis and practical recommendations for solutions to many of our environmental problems and challenges.