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Tom Athanasiou, a journalist and businessman, has produced an important, 385-page essay on the
state of global environmentalism that is both hopeful and dire. He points to the 1992 Earth Summit
Rio de Janeiro as "a doorway opening to ... more humane economics ... and greater concern for the
vulnerability of Mother Earth." However, he also warns of the consequences of the economic
inequalities of the southern and northern hemispheres and the potential ecological disasters of
encouraging poorer countries to pursue the purely market-based path of richer countries. --This
text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The New York Times Book Review
A fine and ferocious writer ... Al Gore should read (this) book.
A radical argument for environmental awareness examines the major threats to our planet, states that
current efforts are barely scratching the surface of what is necessary, and calls for dramatic changes
to ecology-saving systems. Tour.
The author, Tom Athanasiou June 14, 1996
The quote you attribute to me is not from my book.
I hate to write this here, but unfortunately Mark Dowie, in reviewing my book -- Divided Planet:
The Ecology of Rich and Poor -- together with Phil Schabecoff's A New Name for Peace,
incorrectly attributed four quotes from Mr Schabecoff's book to me. The problem is that Mr.
Schabecoff and I don't seem to agree about the significance of the Earth Summit. He says, evidently,
that "Rio was a doorway opening to a new post-cold war, post-industrial era" of "more humane
economics and benign technologies." I say it was "an environmental Rashomon, in which each could
see just what he or she wished," and emphasize that far less was accomplished at Rio, and since
Rio, than most environmentalists imagine. Also, Mr Schabecoff writes of his concern for "the
vulnerability of Mother Earth and all of her creatures." I hope I can say this without offending the
Goddess-worshipers among your readers, and while stressing that extinction is among my greatest
concerns, but I wouldn't use such language on a bet. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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