In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet-only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature.
But with a million more of us every 4 1/2 days on a planet that's not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?
Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful.
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Pancake Breakfast 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
HSGP's Odyssey of the Mind Team, First Place Champs, are going to World Finals in Iowa! ...that is, IF they can raise enough money for the trip!
The HSGP team will hold some fundraisers to raise the money needed to compete in the OOTM World Finals in Iowa (airfare and housing packages, including food, for the team members, coaches, and parents). The team, our team, qualified for World Finals last year as well, but the families just couldn't afford the trip, so they were not able to compete. Let's help them make it this year!
Do you know that our HSGP team (East Mesa Cre8tive Kids) is the only team not affiliated with a school? And it is the only specifically Humanist team in the country, probably the world! Even though our team does not get the support that the school teams get, and our team is not able to meet as often as the school teams do, our team won FIRST PLACE in Regional AND State!
On Sunday, April 27, the OOTM team will put on a pancake breakfast/brunch from 7:00 am to I:00 pm. They will present some improvisational entertainment for you as well! Watch this space for details as they become available.
There will be more fundraising activities, to be announced soon.