Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

December 5, 2020
Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of theearliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens thewarning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to playitself out.Bill McKibben's groundbreaking book The End of Nature —issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic — wasthe first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger isbroader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space whereour civilization can exist, new technologies like artificialintelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety ofhuman experience.Falter tells the story of these converging trends andof the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them undercontrol. And then, drawing on McKibben's experience in building350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climatechange, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We're at ableak moment in human history — and we'll either confront thatbleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slipaway.Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to savenot only our planet but also our humanity itself.