Why are we losing our fight for the Earth? What do we need to do to turn things around?
As we hurtle towards the point of no return on multiple ecological fronts, these are the crucial questions we need to be asking ourselves. What It Will Take provides answers. Author Carol Dansereau weaves hard-hitting research and insightful analysis with tales from her three decades as an environmental organizer, attorney, and non-profit director. The result is the clarity we need at this do-or-die point in human history.
What It Will Take is sweeping in scope because it has to be. We need to look at the big picture to find our way forward. We must acknowledge that incremental victories are not adding up to real progress despite claims to the contrary. We must understand the full breadth of the forces we’re up against in order to defeat them. (It is folly to focus on problems like “money in politics” while leaving the system that produces these problems intact.) And we must recognize the important ways in which many of the environmental groups we support are holding us back.
It is sobering to face the facts about what’s going on around us but ultimately it is uplifting, too. What It Will Take is a book of hope. It reveals a remarkably obvious path forward and spotlights the power we have always had to take it. There are solutions for every environmental problem and enough resources to meet the needs of every person on Earth. When we leave dead-ends and false friends behind, we will at last create the just and sustainable world we want for ourselves and our children.