ECOTOPIA BY ERNEST CALLENBACH PDF

As an avid reader of utopian stories, I had to find out for myself. To be fair, nearly all utopian novels fail to hold up as novels, with the possible exceptions of H. Eventually the character returns home to deliver the message of how to improve the world. Or, in those novels that want to have an exciting twist ending, the main character may decide to abandon their home and stay in Utopia.

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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.

Some of Callenbach's ideas are dated, and feel like they should have been -- and were -- left behind in the 70s. 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. The journals cover Weston's inner conflict -- he is very skeptical of the whole thing, but the lumberjack girl with the "animal" sexuality, well, she breaks that down a bit. These chapters sometimes devolve into puerile hippie sex fantasy.

This isn't just an ecological utopia, but the Full Berkeley -- free love, ganjaburning on the high-speed mag-lev train from Tahoe to SF suck it, Bobby Jindal! Much of what's here we take for granted today, at least in San Francisco -- sorted recycling bins check , biodegradable plastics check , round-the-bay electric rail link check , female political leadership Boxer -- check! Feinstein -- check!

Pelosi -- check! What's so incredible is that I last taught this book maybe in -- and much, much more of reality has aligned with Callenbach's vision since.

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. Read it, and read Obama's recent joint address to Congress. Start at "it begins with energy" on page 3 of the NYT transcript, linked below:.

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He quickly notes the downshifted economy; all corporate capital that was remotely portable fled the new country at secession, but Ecotopians are content with a slower, humbler pace, including a hour work week that halved incomes but doubled the number of jobs. He notes the friendly, laid-back culture. But his first big shock is the Ecotopian city. The remaining space, which is huge, is occupied by bicycle lanes, fountains, sculptures, kiosks, and … little gardens surrounded by benches.

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Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

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. Some of Callenbach's ideas are dated, and feel like they should have been -- and were -- left behind in the 70s. 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.

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