The Conundrum is a mind-changing manifesto about the environment, efficiency, and the real path to sustainability.
Hybrid cars, fast trains, compact fluorescent light bulbs,
solar panels, carbon offsets: everything you’ve been told
about living green is wrong. In this elegant, fascinating
narrative, David Owen takes you through the history of
energy and the quest for efficiency, arguing that our best
efforts are still at cross purposes to our true goal — living
sustainably, and caring for our environment and the future
of the planet. Efficiency, once considered the holy grail,
turns out to be part of the problem. Improving efficiency
and increasing sustainable development only exacerbate
the problems they are meant to solve, more than negating
the environmental gains.
This book will change how you look at the world. We should
not be waiting for some geniuses to invent our way out of
the energy and economic crisis we’re in. We already have
the technology and knowledge we need to live sustainably.
But will we do it?
That is the conundrum.