How Everything Can Collapse: A Manual for Our Times
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About the Author
Raphaël Stevens is an eco-adviser. An expert in the resilience of socio-ecological systems, he is cofounder of the consultancy agency Greenloop.
"This is not the kind of book you can read and put down with a shrug of the shoulders: it is a book that will overwhelm you."
"This is an important book. The authors avoid apocalyptic scaremongering but present compelling arguments to show that our society is increasingly vulnerable to insidious but potentially devastating setbacks - and that, because our world is now so interconnected, any collapse would cascade globally. It will leave readers deeply anxious about where we are heading. But it deserves a wide readership among all concerned citizens - and, even more, among those who can influence policy."
Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and former Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
"It's high time and a cause for rejoicing that this matter-of-fact, warm-blooded guide to societal collapse is now available in English. The sane, comprehensive clarity brought by Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens will, I expect, liberate much practical ingenuity in the US and other countries. Four decades developing the Work That Reconnects and Deep Ecology Work around the world has taught me that confronting together our fears and losses with open eyes generates solidarity and collective intelligence."
Joanna Macy, co-author of Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to The Work That Reconnects
"If this crisis has taken most of us by surprise, French researchers Pablo Servigne and Raphael Stevens...can claim to have seen it, or something like it, coming. In their book, How Everything Can Collapse, they suggest civilisation is now vulnerable to a complete breakdown, and that the interconnectedness of modern societies makes that prospect more, not less, likely... today's pandemic and its economic fallout confirm the authors' arguments."
"There's a tragic irony that this momentous book, which must have been written well before the coronavirus struck, is published precisely at this time."
"Whether you are just grappling with the need to think about the future for yourself and your family or are personally obsessed by dark scenarios for humanity and the earth, I highly recommend How Everything Can Collapse, even if the title (in English at least) might deter those who continue to relax in the soothing water of techno-optimism."
David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture
"Fascinating... a refreshingly intellectual point of view, if not necessary a salve to the fears we read and see and feel every day."