Hot Flat and Crowded

Nathan Samuels

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Hot Flat and Crowded by Thomas L Friedman covers the global environmental crisis, global warming, the needed green revolution ,and globalization. A lot of the vocab in this book is pretty generally known and if it isn't the author does a great job of explaining what it means at lest in his definition. This novel is mainly about Americas two biggest issues, Americas loss of focus and loss of national purpose since the 9/11 attacks, Friedman gives a groundbreaking account of where we are now and possible solutions to these two huge issues faceing the U.S. ans the world.

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Honestly in my opinion the book is an amazing source of knowledge and has lots of useful information for everyone ( it is written for anyone who calls earth their home ). It kind of reminded me of the documentary we watched earlier this year called before the flood. It even showcases the original painting from the start of the document on the cover. It could have been inspiration for the film. I believe that most of the information in this book is factual and I think everyone should read this book. It's true that if we dint impliment some changes needed in the world that we will lose a lot of the things that make the world beautiful and inhabitable.
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This book is heavily related to a lot of the earth science we studied as well as what we studied is going to happen to the earth like climate change, global warming, and the need to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. These topics covered in the book relate directly to our current crisis and how the future will look for us on Earth if things don't change. It is already proven that that the ice caps are slowly melting and the climate is getting warmer as well as the effects of the amount of fossil fuels we burn have on the atmosphere. It is all real even though we wish it wasn't.

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“At the end of the day, no amount of investing, no amount of clean electrons, no amount of energy efficiency will save the natural world if we are not paying attention to it - if we are not paying attention to all the things that nature give us for free: clean air, clean water, breathtaking vistas, mountains for skiing, rivers for fishing, oceans for sailing, sunsets for poets, and landscapes for painters. What good is it to have wind-powered lights to brighten the night if you can't see anything green during the day? Just because we can't sell shares in nature doesn't mean it has no value.”


“So what am I? I guess I would call myself a sober optimist...If you are not sober about the scale of the challenge, then you are not paying attention. But if you are not an optimist, you have no chance of generating the kind of mass movement needed to achieve the needed scale.”