In honor of Earth Day I pulled this review out of the archives as it is a perfect look at how we affect our planet. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a wonderful book. It is so interesting to see what would happen if for some reason humans suddenly vanished from the planet. You realize how nature takes back the spaces that we invade. And you come to think about the footprint that we leave behind. Everything from plastics that never degrade to nuclear power plants that need us to take care of byproducts, this book covers it all. There are no religious or hypothetical speculation as to why everybody vanishes it only deals with what would happen if we were no longer here. What would happen to our pets? or domesticated livestock? What about vermin that live in the cities that we keep under control? It also looks at manmade structures that need constant upkeep like our bridges and highway systems. It really makes you think about the impact that humans have had on our planet. An awesome book that is perfect for Earth Day or any day.
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I hope everyone has a happy Earth Day and remember: Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle