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Our planet is approaching a critical environmental juncture. Across the globe we continue to deplete the five pools of carbon soil, wood, coal, oil, and natural gas at an unsustainable rate. We’ve burned up half the planet’s known reserves of oil one trillion barrels in less than a century. When these sources of energy-rich carbon go into severe decline, as they surely will, society will follow.
Former archeologist and Sierra Club activist Courtney White calls this moment the Age of Consequencesa time when the worrying consequences of our environmental actions or inaction have begun to raise unavoidable and difficult questions. How should we respond? What are effective (and realistic) solutions?
In exploring these questions, White draws on his formidable experience as an environmentalist and activist as well as his experience as a father to two children living through this vital moment in time. As a result, The Age of Consequences is a book of ideas and action, but it is also a chronicle of personal experience. Readers follow White as he travels the country --- from Kansas to Los Angeles, New York City, Italy, France, Yellowstone, and New England.
A former archaeologist and environmental activist, Courtney White is the co-found the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists and others around practices that improve land health. Today, his conservation work focuses on building economic and ecological resilience on working landscapes, with a special emphasis on carbon ranching and the new agrarian movement. He is the author of Revolution on the Range: the Rise of a New Ranch in the American West and Grass, Soil, Hope: a Journey through Carbon Country. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.