Book Discussion of “The Collapse of Western Civilization,” 6/20, 7pm

Join us for a discussion of one of the most disturbing climate change books of all time–The Collapse of Western Civilization–on the happiest day of the year, the summer solstice, Monday, June 20th. (The book is quite short at only about one hundred pages.) We hope you will be able to join us.

The book, penned by Merchants of Doubt authors Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway, is a fact-based scenario of what future climate change might look like presented in the form of a narrative, science-fictionalized historical analysis. The year is 2393, and the world is almost unrecognizable. Clear warnings of climate catastrophe have been ignored for decades leading to soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, widespread drought and–finally–the disaster known as the Great Collapse of 2093, when the disintegration of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet leads to mass migration and a complete reshuffling of the global order. Writing from the Second People’s Republic of China on the 300th anniversary of the Great Collapse, a senior scholar presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment–the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies–failed to act, and so brought about the collapse of Western civilization.

The discussion group will begin at 7pm and be held at a member’s residence. Please email us at for location details.

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