Immediately after hearing about The World Without Us for the first time, I knew I had to read it. What a fascinating idea, to ponder what the Earth would be like if we all just suddenly disappeared. It is clear from the detail that Alan Weisman did his homework before writing this book. He discusses several environments across the globe and how they might change if there were no longer humans. He addresses the ocean, the arctic, the results of nuclear power plant failures, and the consequences of abandoned petroleum processing facilities among many other topics. It is all quite depressing to see the negative results that have come from our species. Weisman even discusses some organizations that seek for our removal, such as VHEMT which pleads for us to voluntarily quit breeding.
My strongest complaint about this most fascinating book is Weisman’s insistence on dwelling on the negative. Maybe that’s because there is no positive side, but I sincerely hope that is not the case.
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