To Reach the Spring

From Complicity to Consciousness in the Age of Eco-Crisis

Non-Fiction - Environment
148 Pages
Reviewed on 06/05/2021
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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

Climate change is one of the most serious threats we and our planet have to face in the third decade of the 21st century. What could still be considered a matter of secondary importance until a few decades ago has definitely become a priority following the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic. The pandemic, in fact, revealed all the economic, political, and social issues connected with climate change and made it necessary to reflect on the question, "What is life worth?" This is what Nathaniel Popkin asks in To Reach the Spring, a book about climate change and its ramifications. With references to the works of Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, and Hannah Arendt, Popkin invites us to join him on this journey of discovery and reflection.

The issue of climate change is a topic that is very close to my heart, and I constantly try to be updated on it. To Reach the Spring is a book that I liked precisely because it allowed me to take stock of the situation, but also because, thanks to its wide-ranging discussion, it allowed me to have new considerations on this issue. Popkin's opinions are sometimes provocative, but they invite in-depth reflection. His book is consistent and therefore enjoyable and interesting to read. To Reach the Spring is not a book only for those who are interested in climate change in the strictest sense. It will be a valuable companion for every person unwilling to trade ethics for profit and who is concerned about political interference in climate change.