“We’re living in a zoo. And we’re both the animals and the zookeepers now.”

14 Mar 2010

“Whether we want to admit it or not, we’re living in a zoo. And we’re both the animals and the zookeepers now.”

That’s one of my favorite quotes in Jeff Goodell’s upcoming book How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate.

It comes from from physicist David Keith, who’s talking about geoengineering—the idea of engineering the whole planet to fight global warming. But the point holds in general. We’re shaping the whole world so much—redirecting rivers, fixing nitrogen, spewing CO2—that humanity is already a planetary force.


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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