The Titanic Syndrome

Nicolas Hulot
Calmann-Lévy, 2004

The Titanic Syndrome

Summary :
The days of the world as we know it are numbered. Like the passengers of the Titanic, we rush into the dark night, dancing and laughing, with the selfishness and arrogance of superior beings convinced to be "masters of themselves as of the universe". And yet, the warning signs of the shipwreck are piling up: serial climatic disturbances, omnipresent pollution, exponential extinction of animal and plant species, anarchic plundering of resources, multiplication of health crises. We behave as if we were alone in the world and the last generation of men to occupy this Earth: after us, the flood… Nicolas Hulot traveled our planet in all latitudes. No one knows it better than him: it is a cramped space, with precarious balances. This book is a final cry of alarm before giving in to despair: if all of us, rich and poor alike, do not immediately change our behavior to do “better with less” and put ecology at the center of our individual and collective decisions, we will sink together. We must stand in solidarity with the living as well as with the future: this warning, Nicolas Hulot made himself the passionate and tireless messenger, from the Johannesburg summit to the school in his village, from the golden paneling of the Elysee Palace to the farms of Brittany. and Lorraine. “I was not born an environmentalist, he tells us, I have become one. And we too can, we must become. Titanic Syndrome is an essential book to read urgently. With Nicolas Hulot, we will no longer be able to say that we did not know.

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