This essay was first publish at the blog of the Green Congregation Committee, First Parish in Needham, on the Parish Realm Web site and communications board. The views obviously are those only of its author, not of First Parish or the Green Congregation Committee. It is republished here in part to reach a broader audience.
A longer review of Botkin’s book will be published on my channel at Goodreads.
(*) I will be writing a detailed review of Botkins book at Goodreads: https://goodreads.com/ecoquant.
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(***) Maybe California Actually Does Have Enough Water
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(*****) A. Szasz. How we changed from protecting the environment to protecting ourselves. University of Minnesota Press, 2007. URL: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/shopping-our-way-to-safety.
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