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As the world burns : 50 simple things you can do to stay in denial
Jensen, Derrick, 1960-

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First edition.
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220 pages : all illustrations ; 23 cm
Pub Date:
Seven Stories Press, [2007]



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Adult Non-fiction Book 363.7 J54
Adult Non-fiction Book 363.7 J54

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Two of America's most talented activists team up to deliver a bold, hilarious satire of modern environmental policy in this fully illustrated graphic novel. The US government gives robot machines from space permission to eat the earth in exchange for bricks of gold. A one-eyed bunny rescues his friends from a corporate animal testing laboratory. And two little girls figure out the secret to saving the world from both of its enemies. Inspiring readers to do what is necessary to stop geocide before it's too late.

Author Notes

Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, DERRICK JENSEN holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics. In 2008, he was named one of the Utne Reader 's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World," and in 2006 he was named Press Action's Person of the Year for his work on the book Endgame . He lives in California. 

Activist and artist STEPHANIE MCMILLAN began syndicating her daring political cartoons in 1999. Since then her work has appeared in dozens of publications and has been exhibited in museums across the country. A book based on her comic strip, Minimum Security , was published in 2005.

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Booklist Review

Readers exasperated with, or just plain tired of, simplistic guides offering purportedly quick and easy ways to resolve global warming and other momentous concerns of the day will delight in this razor-sharp critique packaged as a cute-kid-and-funny-animal cartoon. Bypassing allegory and providing plain, unvarnished facts, Jensen and McMillan present a human activist who argues against her friend's sentimentality, a U.S. president mouthing inglorious lines about the power of faith over practice and corporate power over humane stewardship, and a one-eyed bunny who gets the revolution rolling by freeing his fellow creatures from a vivisectionist's lab. The flat black-and-white, pseudo-naive images pack an expressive wallop even when successive panels and pages consist only of talking heads. Jensen and McMillan succeed because they eschew simplicity and denial and open up the complications and grave choices we must engage to put the brakes on the wholesale destruction of the earth on which contemporary Western culture depends. They roll critical thinking and well-structured graphic-novel storytelling into a compelling whole.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2007 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-This simply drawn graphic satire is largely message-driven, but the message is still entertaining and thought-provoking. As the lighthearted lead character shares what governments, corporations, and activists tell individual Americans to do to save the Earth, her cynical counterpart exposes the futility of these simple solutions. The truth is, even if each and every one of us switched to compact fluorescent bulbs and became vegetarians it would only be a drop in the bucket compared to the damage corporate and government policies are doing to the world environment. The "story" that binds these notions together is an upcoming alien invasion and a renegade bunny trying to end animal experimentation. The characters are crudely drawn with bare sets, but this style works in a tale in which the words are carrying so much weight. (The politicians have sharper teeth than the bears.) This book doesn't offer up any real answers to what is clearly portrayed as a frightening state of affairs-it includes an animal uprising. However, it will inflame teens' passion about the environment and possibly open more eyes.-Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.