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Geert Buelens
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Protests against the use of plastic. Panic about dramatically declining biodiversity. Concern for the livability of the oceans. Concerns about climate change. Today? No, in 1972. The environmental crisis is older than many people think, and so are the scientific and political struggles over it. The planet is dying, prophets of doom shouted at the time. No, appease believers in progress: science and technology will save us. The social debate was prompted by the report of the Club of Rome. A quarter of a million copies of Limits to Growth were sold in our regions alone.

Fifty years after the Club of Rome sounded the alarm, we dive into history with Geert Buelens. We see how the deforestation of the Amazon forest has started, we travel with Jacques Cousteau to the endangered South Pole, we are already discovering plastic particles in the guts of fish with biologists and with the crew of the Apollo 17 we take the first color photo of the whole earth. On the basis of films, television series, novels, comic strips, news items and official reports from the year 1972, Buelens shows what we already knew about moving away from the world at the time, what we also learned from it – and what not.

Cover: soft cover / Format: 21.8 x 13.8 x 2.6 cm / Pages: 324 / Language: Dutch / Publishing: Querido / Publication: 20-01-2022


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