ECOTOPIA ERNEST CALLENBACH PDF

Callenbach then moved to California. From to , he was on the staff of the University of California Press Berkeley. He began to take environmental issues and their connections to human value systems, social patterns, and lifestyles just as seriously as he had taken film. He was heavily influenced by Edward Abbey. Callenbach talked publicly about being influenced, during work on his novel Ecotopia, by numerous streams of thought: scientific discoveries in the fields of ecology and conservation biology; the urban-ecology planning movement, concerned with an approach to urban planning; and the soft-energy movement, championed by Amory Lovins and others. While his first novel popularized the term "ecotopia," the term was actually coined by the ethnographer E.

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Mar 09, Richard rated it really liked it This is one of the most important books ever written -- no joke. Callenbach, writing in the early-mid s, imagines that Washington, Oregon, and Northern California have seceded from the Union to form Ecotopia, a new nation based on "stable-state" today, we call it "sustainable" practices in manufacturing, agriculture, construction, transportation -- the whole gamut.

This is a This is one of the most important books ever written -- no joke. This is a novel, but its structure is a gimmick, really. The protagonist is Will Weston, a reporter for the New York Times-Post who is the first American to travel to Ecotopia, nineteen years after secession. Half the chapters are his formal reports for the newspaper, the other half -- in italics -- are his personal journals. The formal reports lay out how the society runs -- this is the more important stuff in the novel.

These chapters sometimes devolve into puerile hippie sex fantasy. Feinstein -- check! Pelosi -- check! Ecotopia is, for environmentalists, what Star Trek has been to physicists and astronomers and astronauts since just a few years earlier -- the map that points the way to the next frontier. Start at "it begins with energy" on page 3 of the NYT transcript, linked below:.

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Umweltfreundlich und sozial stabil: Ernest Callenbach, Ecotopia (1975)

Mar 09, Richard rated it really liked it This is one of the most important books ever written -- no joke. Callenbach, writing in the early-mid s, imagines that Washington, Oregon, and Northern California have seceded from the Union to form Ecotopia, a new nation based on "stable-state" today, we call it "sustainable" practices in manufacturing, agriculture, construction, transportation -- the whole gamut. This is a This is one of the most important books ever written -- no joke. This is a novel, but its structure is a gimmick, really. The protagonist is Will Weston, a reporter for the New York Times-Post who is the first American to travel to Ecotopia, nineteen years after secession. Half the chapters are his formal reports for the newspaper, the other half -- in italics -- are his personal journals. The formal reports lay out how the society runs -- this is the more important stuff in the novel.

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Ernest Callenbach

Context[ edit ] Callenbach wove his story using the fiber of technologies, lifestyles , folkways , and attitudes that were common in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The "leading edges" his main ideas for Ecotopian values and practices were patterns in actual social experimentation taking place in the American West. Callenbach placed the genesis of Ecotopia with an article he researched and wrote titled "The Scandal of Our Sewage". Much of the environmentally benign energy, home building and transportation technology described by the author was based on his reading of research findings published in such journals as Scientific American and Science. Members of his fictional society prefer to demonstrate a conscious selectivity toward technology, so that not only human health and sanity might be preserved, but also social and ecological wellbeing. They turned to politics because it was finally the only route to self-preservation.

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