Ù Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston ☆ Download by Â Ernest Callenbach
Ù Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston ☆ Download by Â Ernest Callenbach The story as told by a reporter from the remaining United States visiting Ecotopia the seceded northwest bio region of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington after 20 years of isolationism His objective skepticism is quickly eroded by this green Utopian playground in which respect for living things is the society s primary value. A bit naive It is like Callenbach paved the way for our current silly belief in green capitalism The message We can do everything we do now in or less the same way, but we can do it differently and sustainably and green. And yet, the longer its been since I ve read this, the it works on me Things I thought were silly in my youth seem to make sense as time goes by I think about this book frequently And since books that present our almost certainly bleak future as having the possibility of positive chance are rare, fun because it takes place mostly in the San Fransico bay area, this is an increadible vision of the future for people who have ever had a dream of living sustainably California, Oregon, and Washington, seccede from the USA and become their own country after 20 years of no contact and a small defensive battle for independence hard to hear for pacificts that this is probably what would happen , a reporter from the East part of the remaining USA visits Ecotopia the name of the new nation , to report the new countries lifestlyle and to make reparations for relations The philosophies are wildly ecentric, and idealistic, but often very inspiring and uplifting. A Novel Both Timely And Prophetic, Ernest Callenbach S Ecotopia Is A Hopeful Antidote To The Environmental Concerns Of Today, Set In An Ecologically Sound Future Society Hailed By The Los Angeles Times As The Newest Name After Wells, Verne, Huxley, And Orwell, Callenbach Offers A Visionary Blueprint For The Survival Of Our Planet And Our Future Ecotopia Was Founded When Northern California, Oregon, And Washington Seceded From The Union To Create A Stable State Ecosystem The Perfect Balance Between Human Beings And The Environment Now, Twenty Years Later, This Isolated, Mysterious Nation Is Welcoming Its First Officially Sanctioned American Visitor New York Times Post Reporter Will WestonSkeptical Yet Curious About This Green New World, Weston Is Determined To Report His Findings Objectively But From The Start, He S Alternately Impressed And Unsettled By The Laws Governing Ecotopia S Earth Friendly Agenda Energy Efficient Mini Cities To Eliminate Urban Sprawl, Zero Tolerance Pollution Control, Tree Worship, Ritual War Games, And A Woman Dominated Government That Has Instituted Such Peaceful Revolutions As The Twenty Hour Workweek And Employee Ownership Of Farms And Businesses His Old Beliefs Challenged, His Cynicism Replaced By Hope, Weston Meets A Sexually Forthright Ecotopian Woman And Undertakes A Relationship Whose Intensity Will Lead Him To A Critical Choice Between Two Worlds Ecotopians have the feeling of never being aloneThis classic read as if it had been written yesterday That is beautiful. That is sad. Because I could have been living in Ecotopia instead of reading it Sexual equality, sustainability, 3D printing, FaceTime, community, guilt avoidance warfare, recycling, solar power, environmental harmony, social justice, and my personal favorite the revision of the Protestant work ethic. All the important issues being discussed today were addressed here in the 70s Ernest Callenbach wrote a blue print to a better world. Everyone needs to pick up a copy. I went into Ecotopia not expecting much in the way of serious character studies or deeds of derring do What I expected was a typical utopian dystopian novel where the author focuses on describing the virtues or faults of their imagined society at the relative expense of all else and I wasn t disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised, however, at how well the novel read. It s constructed as a series of articles and diary entries written by William Weston, the first American officially allowed to enter Ecotopia, the nation created 20 years previously by the secession of Washington, Oregon and northern California The articles describe Ecotopian society, which is based around the ideal of a sustainable, modern society radically different from the growth oriented, extractive society we re currently saddled with The diary chronicles William s immersion in Ecotopian life and culminates in a ne Terrible, just terrible Demeaning to men and women alike, very dated with racist and sexist overtones, seemed written by a pre pubescent idiot with zero understanding of basic human emotions and motivations with very little political and economic acumen to boot This fool equates superficial sex to deep feelings, likens it to true love and thinks a strong, powerful woman would tolerate being raped and is glib about it , disgusting Almost everything here is a stereotype of some kind 70s style , coated with a thin gloss of what passes as innovative and progressive thought Save yourself some time and scratch your ass for a few hours instead of reading this novel. It would be very easy to make fun of this book, but I shall do my best to refrain from that It would be like the proverbial shooting of fish in a barrel Also, I m sure that this book means a lot to many well meaning people So bear with me. I suppose the book for me might be summed up in 3 words, oh come on From the opening scenes where our story teller rides in a green eco friendly wooden train car, as everyone passes around legal marijuana and we see the people of Ecotopia wearing loose bright colored clothing and of course sandals in winter , to the close where the same story teller, the reporter is suddenly repulsed by his own reflection as an ugly American and realizes he s become an Ecotopian himself This 1970s read is a hippie Utopian vision I m sorry, but it s so full of nonsense well meaning and ideological nonsense, but nonsense nonetheless as to
Tasarlanan topya bir ok konuda itiraza yer b rakmayacak ekilde, en k k ayr nt s na kadar zerinde ok d n lerek tasarlanm Ama yazar, bilimle i li d l olman n etkisi olsa gerek, tasar lar n edebile tirme konusunda ok ba ar l olamam Bir ok yerde ekonomik bir rapor okuyormu gibi hissettiriyor Bir topya olarak zerine d n ebilecek, savunulabilecek, k lt r ve do ay kayna t rma fikrini temel alan ve ayaklar yere sa lam basan bir kitap Ama ayn l de okumas zorlay c ve biraz s k c Ekotopya ya 2. 5 y ld z. ECO from the Greek oikos household or home TOPIA from the Greek topos place Ecotopia is one of the books that I m happy to say is going to be in my brain forever Published originally in the seventies, as a series of articles and diary notes from a journalist travelling the titular country of Ecotopia, Ernest Callenbach has managed to capture a movement and a feeling years ahead of his time My overwhelming impression of this book is one of optimism and hope belief in the better nature of humankind, even if we need things reduced to the personal scale to achieve it. I could quote the whole thing my list of highlights is both impressive and daunting but I really feel I m better serving other potential readers by simply urging them to read it and discover those moments of brilliance for themselves Yes, there are some naive or This is one of the most important books ever written no joke Callenbach, writing in the early mid 1970s, 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 Some of Callenbach s ideas are dated, and feel like they should have been and were left behind in the 70s 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 important stuff in the novel The journals co
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