Author and award-winning journalist Alan Weisman will discuss his latest book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? which won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science writing, the 2013 Paris Book Festival Prize for nonfiction, and the 2014 Nautilus Gold Book Award. Countdown poses what experts he interviewed agreed are 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 even know which other species are essential to our survival? Are there humane ways to arrive at a stable, optimum population that are acceptable to the majority of the world’s cultures, religions, and nationalities? And finally, how can we design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth? Weisman will share stories from his search for the answers in more than 20 countries — beginning in Israel and ending in Iran — and how he ultimately finished more hopeful about our future than when he began.
Event Location: Congregation Beth Elohim
133 Prospect St, Acton, Massachusetts, 01720