Let’s start at the end.
The first ending has happened before. Vast groups of humans, all taking part in a single, complex system, thrive for a short while; they take what they want until there is nothing left to take, and the system collapses. This has happened time and time again in the fruitless rise and fall of human ambition. The greatest of these civilizations is the one we are living in now. The end is when it falls, and the fall is coming soon. With this ending, we stand little chance of survival.
The second ending is something we’re becoming sadly familiar with: the one in which the ice caps melt, the forests disappear, the oceans rise and countless species wake for the last time before leaving the Earth forever. This is an environmental catastrophe. We can bat it away, think it has little to do with us and carry on as before. But the environment is not another place: it is what we depend on for our survival, and we are part of it, whatever anyone might say. An ‘environmental’ catastrophe is a human catastrophe. With this ending, we also stand little chance of survival.
The third ending is one you get to choose. There is
a chance that we might survive.
think we are beginning to see mounting awareness of the gravity and
scope of the crisis afflicting life on earth. Keith's "Time's
Up" is a huge contribution to understanding the extremity of our
situation and providing ideas for facing up to ending a fundamentally
false and devouring technoculture.
Time's Up! is now available in the UK from Green Books and can also be ordered from major retailers and all independent bookshops. It is distributed in the USA and Canada by Chelsea Green. You can also buy Time's Up! as an import from numerous online outlets around the world.
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"Keith Farnish has it right: time has practically run out, and the 'system' is the problem"
Professor James Hansen, Columbia University
"An amazing book."
Carolyn Baker, Speaking Truth to Power
"I have read no clearer exposition of the
interconnectivity of life. Nor have I come across a more reasoned explanation
for our selfishness. If you read it, and I exhort you to read it, you will see
that there is no other solution but the wholesale deconstruction of industrial
Jon Hughes, Fourth World Review
"Farnish gives us the knowledge, the inspiration and
the empowerment to pull together and start this fight, even if we can’t all be
like him - we can and we have to do something."
Polly Cook, The Ecologist
Read "In My Own Words: A Terminal Lack Of Connection"
Interview on The John Batchelor Show: listen or download via this link (via archive.org)
Interview on Radio Ecoshock: listen or download via this link (via archive.org)
Interview on BBC Radio Essex: listen or download via this link (via archive.org)
Time's Up! interview on Peak Moment Helen Mulley reads from Chapter 16, "Being Ourselves"
A Note For Concerned Readers
After reading Time's Up! (and A Matter Of Scale) a number of people have contacted me asking for more information about what they should do next. Recently a correspondent wrote:
"So even though I have been reading Dmitry Orlov, John Michael Greer, Sharon Astyk, Ran Prieur, and others for some time, your book really freaked me out. Aside from the convincing finality of your arguments (and your book seems extremely well-researched and well-annotated), I feel kind of paralyzed into inaction (think deer in headlights)."
It was a really thoughtful note, and I really sympathise, but while I can help talk people through problems, I cannot tell anyone what to do next, given how important it is to move away from the "one size fits all" approach. However, I have written a number of article related to some of the more difficult subjects contained in the book, with some of the more recent ones consciously being "appendices" to Time's Up!
For a list of these articles, follow the link to the A Matter Of Scale : Appendices page. I will keep this updated as more articles are written.
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