Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

By Lester R. Brown

During this up-to-date version of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival method for our early twenty-first-century civilization. the realm faces many environmental traits of disruption and decline, together with emerging temperatures and spreading water scarcity. as well as those looming threats, we are facing the peaking of oil, annual inhabitants progress of 70 million, a widening worldwide financial divide, and a transforming into record of failing states. the size and complexity of concerns dealing with our fast-forward global haven't any precedent

With Plan A, company as ordinary, now we have missed those concerns overly lengthy. In Plan B 3.0, Lester R. Brown warns that the one powerful reaction now could be a global conflict II-type mobilization like that during the USA after the assault on Pearl Harbor.

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