Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD
Humans are rapidly destroying Earth’s ability to support life. We grow and consume to profit, and we kill almost everything we encounter with reckless disregard for the consequences. If we stay the course, grave suffering and mass extinctions will define our future.
To avoid that future, we need to rapidly change how we do almost everything. This has proven impossible within the structures that define how our capitalistic systems of governance, commerce, finance, and religion operate. A new way is needed. Outposts of Change suggests a new way. It conveys a vision of what life on Earth can be and describes how to change the world to create a more just and humane global community, one that most of us want, and so many desperately need.
Outposts provides both environmental and social justice guidance. It proposes new goals designed to enable us to not just survive, but to thrive. To achieve these goals will require the largest and most unifying movement of social change ever attempted. Outposts includes a plan of action to heal the world by inspiring and empowering that movement.
We have the knowledge and the ability to operate our societies more humanely and less destructively. Whether we possess the courage and the will to do so is not yet known. To change or not to change? That is the question which only you can answer. If you are an activist, a humanist, a progressive, an environmentalist, or just someone who cares enough about our future to do something about it, this book is written for you.
Benjamin R. Wiener is a naturalist, a humanist, an environmentalist, an adventurer, and a retired attorney. He majored in environmental science before that was a thing and became corporate counsel to an alternative energy company before that was a thing. He has studied earth processes, as well as how our societies function and their associated impacts on the natural world for over 50 years. Those studies resulted in countless hours spent in deep thought considering how to fundamentally change our ways to enable humanity to not just survive, but to thrive. Outposts of Change is the culmination of his life’s work. Ben lives in California with his wife and golden retriever, Merlin.