People hunting monkeys in the jungle once devised a simple yet effective trap: When the creature found a banana in a large jar with a narrow neck, it would plunge its paw in to retrieve it. But it couldn’t let go. And unless the monkey released the banana, it was stuck.
Casting an acerbic and forensic eye over our inability to ‘let go’ and give up the things we love, paralysed by our modern lifestyles and consumer habits – even when we know they will kill us, he addresses everything from gardening and sports to the growth of ecotourism and our attachment – or compulsive dependence – to mobile phones. Using examples such as our pets and their hidden carbon paw-prints, James demonstrates how difficult, yet essential it is to change the way we live if we are to head-off an environmental catastrophe that will end us all.
Ferociously unflinching and intelligent, this book will make you think twice about the ‘innocent’ habits we often take for granted.
Chaired by Sheilagh Matheson
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