Time's Up!: An Uncivilized Solution to a Global Crisis

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This is not an environmental book, even though it is concerned with the environment, nor is it a book to save the world, even though the world is clearly in trouble. Ultimately, Time's Up! is a book about survival and about ensuring that every individual human has the means to save herself or himself from the global crisis that is unfolding. People know that the climate is changing, species are being removed from the Earth at a rapidly increasing rate, and entire ecosystems are becoming shadows of their former richness; they know, but they do not understand. The global environmental crisis is closing in on humanity from all directions, yet the crisis barely registers on this culture's list of problems. As we stand, humanity is doomed to a collapse that will leave only a few nomads, and a toxic, barely survivable Earth in its wake. So why is nothing being done beyond changing light bulbs, recycling and buying organic food? It's certainly not for a lack of good reasons. Humans have no motivation stronger than survival, yet the culture that dominates "the culture we call Industrial Civilization" has created a set of priorities that value financial wealth, the possession of superfluous goods and short, cheap thrills, above that most basic need. In short, we are prepared to die in order to live a life that is killing us. Time's Up! is all about changing this. It describes what our actions are doing to the very things on Earth that we depend on for survival, at scales that we rarely contemplate. It arms us with the tools to free us from the culture that has blinded us for centuries, and which will allow us to live lives that will give the Earth, and ourselves, a future. This call-to-action proposes something radical, fundamental, frightening, longterm, exhilarating, and absolutely necessary—something totally uncivilized.

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Keith Farnish is an environmental writer, philosopher, and activist. He founded The Earth Blog, and writes the Unsuitablog. He is also a guest author on the Sietch Blog.

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"I think we are beginning to see mounting awareness of the gravity and scope of the crisis afflicting life on earth. Keith's Time's Up is a huge contribution to understanding the extremity of our situation and providing ideas for facing up to ending a fundamentally false and devouring technoculture."--John Zerzan, author of Running on Emptiness: The Pathology of Civilization, Twilight of the Machines, and others



"I have read no clearer exposition of the interconnectivity of life. Nor have I come across a more reasoned explanation for our selfishness. If you read it, and I exhort you to read it, you will see that there is no other solution but the wholesale deconstruction of industrial society."--Jon Hughes, Fourth World Review



"Keith Farnish has it right: time has practically run out, and the 'system' is the problem"--Professor James Hansen, Columbia University



"In Time's Up! Keith Farnish has taken that [late night conversation] process a step further and crafted the raw material of these intense, personal polemics into a thorough and well-argued book."--Dan Grace, Resurgence Magazine



This is the book I wanted to read. Monbiot and Lynas are good but they don't go far enough. [Time's Up] is diagnostic and remedial not just at the level of behaviour but at the level of impulse. It's the most subversive book I've ever read.... It's also unexpectedly entertaining and a page turner."--Ana Salote, author of Tree Talk



"Keith's book is a progress report from one man's search for ... meaning [in the context of the] unfolding drama of wrenching change.... I encourage you to join efforts with him, and to work on discovering a future in which you and your children might find a place."--Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse

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