Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World

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Doc Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World 3.5-4 stars. Oh, man. This might be a case of ignorance is bliss. But as the author points out, once you know, you can no longer plea ignorance, just indifference. Basically, if we use a touch screen, buy gold and other gems, eat shrimp from someplace other than the US, or purchase lumber that isn't certifiably sourced, we are participating in global slavery. And that just scratches the surface. Not only that, but the author shows how slavery goes hand-in-hand with ecocide. These organizations don't care about human lives, they certainly don't care about the environment, so they go directly to the "protected" areas for the best (oldest) trees for smash and grab lumber raids or destroy mangroves with illegal fishing never mind the fact that without mangroves the next rainy season storms will be devastating to the local population. What can be done about it remains murky. The author shows examples of these products humanely sourced, but they seem few and far between. Basically it comes down to people in power not standing for it. In some cases that is for people within their own countries to take a stand. In other cases people who purchase these kind of items need to either boycott slavery sourced products or insist on slavery-free options. But I don't see folks giving up smart phones anytime soon. I agree with other reviewers that much of this could have been condensed. I imagine that with seven years of on-site research, it would be emotionally challenging to cut any of it. Also, I would have liked some more solutions offered up - a few organizations are listed that are working to combat the problems (and I am sure they would like our money) but the author emphasizes that there are no easy fixes, but that now that you know, what will you change?. Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World am Ebook For readers of such crusading works of nonfiction as Katherine Boo s Beyond the Beautiful Forevers and Tracy Kidder s Mountains Beyond Mountains comes a powerful and captivating examination of two entwined global crises environmental destruction and human trafficking and an inspiring, bold plan for how we can solve them A leading expert on modern day slavery, Kevin BaleFor readers of such crusading works of nonfiction as Katherine Boo s Beyond the Beautiful Forevers and Tracy Kidder s Mountains Beyond Mountains comes a powerful and captivating examination of two entwined global crises environmental destruction and human trafficking and an inspiring, bold plan for how we can solve them A leading expert on modern day slavery, Kevin Bales has traveled to some of the world s most dangerous places documenting and battling human trafficking In the course of his reporting, Bales began to notice a pattern emerging Where slavery existed, so did massive, unchecked environmental destruction But why Bales set off to find the answer in a fascinating and moving journey that took him into the lives of modern day slaves and along a supply chain that leads directly to the cellphones in our pockets What he discovered is that even as it destroys individuals, families, and communities, new forms of slavery that proliferate in the world s lawless zones also pose a grave threat to the environment Simply put, modern day slavery is destroying the planet The product of seven years of travel and research, Blood and Earth brings us dramatic stories from the world s most beautiful and tragic places, the environmental and human rights hotspots where this crisis is concentrated But it also tells the stories of some of the most common products we all consume from computers to shrimp to jewelry whose origins are found in these same places Blood and Earth calls on us to recognize the grievous harm we have done to one another, put an end to it, and recommit to repairing the world This is a clear eyed and inspiring book that suggests how we can begin the work of healing humanity and the planet we share.Praise for Blood and Earth A heart wrenching narrative Weaving together interviews, history, and statistics, the author shines a light on how the poverty, chaos, wars, and government corruption create the perfect storm where slavery flourishes and environmental destruction follows A clear eyed account of man s inhumanity to man and Earth Read it to get informed, and then take action Kirkus Reviews starred review An expos of the global economy s deadly dance between slavery and environmental disaster Based on extensive travels through eastern Congo s mineral mines, Bangladeshi fisheries, Ghanian gold mines, and Brazilian forests, Bales reveals the appalling truth in graphic detail Readers will be deeply disturbed to learn how the links connecting slavery, environmental issues, and modern convenience are forged Publishers Weekly This well researched and vivid book studies the connection between slavery and environmental destruction, and what it will take to end both Shelf Awareness starred review This is a remarkable book, demonstrating once the deep links between the ongoing degradation of the planet and the ongoing degradation of its most vulnerable people It s a bracing reminder that a mentality that allows throwaway people also allows a throwaway earth Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth Making a Life on a Tough New PlanetFrom the Hardcover edition.. Why I had to write Blood and Earth For years I traveled the world meeting people in slavery trying to understand the depth and truth of their lives What I saw, heard, and learned changed me, and led me deeper into the work of ending slavery, but I was missing something important Where there are slaves, the environment is under assault, forests are being destroyed, endangered species are dying, and climate change is worsening and all of this destruction is driven by profits from products we buy Children, especially, are suffering in the fish camps of Bangladesh, in the mines of Eastern Congo feeding the electronics industry, in mercury saturated gold pits in Ghana, and when brutally used and disposed of by criminals decimating the forest And beside the children, endangered species are being wiped out, or pressed to fight back like the protected Bengal tigers that prey on child slaves in fishing camps.After seven years of research and travel we now know that if slavery were a country it would be the third largest producer of CO2 in the world after China and the USA, though its population is only the size of Canada s The scale of this joint disaster has been too big to see, until now Yet, it is precisely the role that slaves play in this ecological catastrophe that opens a new solution, one that unleashes the power of abolition to save and preserve the natural world.To hear about Blood and Earth tune in to NPR s Fresh Air on Tuesday 19 January, and check out an excerpt in Scientific American HERE.I m a guy that grew up in Oklahoma thinking if the whole world is as quiet as this place I better cram life to the fullest The good news the world is often much interesting than Oklahoma I lived a long time in London, and now live in DC For the last 14 years all my work has been about modern slavery real slavery, not sweatshops, or bad marriages, or not being able to stop shopping Back in 1999 I published a book about contemporary slavery that changed my life It went into 10 languages, got made into a movie, won some prizes, stuff like that Since then I ve published three books, and three will come out in 2008.In Sept 2007 I published a book that is a plan for the eradication of global slavery It s called Ending Slavery How We Free Today s Slaves This is what people said about it None of us is truly free while others remain enslaved The continuing existence of slavery is one of the greatest tragedies facing our global humanity Today we finally have the means and increasingly the conviction to end this scourge and to bring millions of slaves to freedom Read Kevin Bales practical and inspiring book and you will discover how our world can be free at last Archbishop Desmond Tutu I was enslaved at age 11 as part of a human trafficking plot I know modern slavery from the inside, and since coming to freedom I am committed to end it forever Every human life has value People have been sold for far too long and it s time to stop it This book shows us how to make a world where no childhoods will be stolen and sold as mine was Given Kachepa, former child slave in the United States Ever since the Emancipation Proclamation, Americans have congratulated themselves on ending slavery once and for all But did we Kevin Bales is a powerful and effective voice in pointing out the appalling degree to which servitude, forced labor and outright slavery still exist in today s world, even here This book is a valuable primer on the persistence of these evils, their intricate links to poverty, corruption and globalization and what we can do to combat them He s a modern day William Lloyd Garrison Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire s SlavesHere s the other bio stuff My book Disposable People New Slavery in the Global Economy published in 1999, was nominated for the. A viral Ebook Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World This book's message regarding the connections between impoverishment, desperation, exploitation and environmental degradation is important but the ideas proposed to save the world are no secret, and frankly they're kind of a joke. Early on, when talking about his investigation of an illegal mining operation, he says "I can't live without my phone and people here are dying because of it." So I figured this would probably lead to one of two things, either a criticism of a culture where people literally need shit that nobody's ever needed before, or a bullshit suggestion for how so much crap can keep being produced with more humane working conditions and more environmentally friendly methods. Unfortunately he went with the latter. Nothing's wrong with an infinitely growing capitalist economy as long as it incorporates eco-tourism, green light bulbs, more vegetarian dinner menus, improved recycling, cap and trade, etc. I mean, technically he is at least on the right side so I wish I didn't feel a need to give this a bad review but it's horrifying that people are still buying into this stuff. At one point he even commends Foxconn (Apple's infamous third world sidekick who's notorious for de facto slave labor and installing nets at their factories to catch workers attempting to jump to their deaths) for supposedly signing some agreement not to use conflict minerals. Apple gets a commendation as well despite being the epitome of planned obsolescence, both for producing shit that needs to be totally thrown out if one 10 cent part fails and for constantly pushing updated versions of their products to brainwashed consumers. It's actually pretty amazing how many times he tries to make the case that corporations are only producing so much because consumers are demanding it, totally missing the role of advertising in creating that demand, the designed growth imperative of "the economy" and rich lobbyists intentionally destabilizing other countries to create the conditions that foster exploitable cheap labor. It's hard to tell if he just thinks his anti-slavery organization will get more accomplished if they don't ruffle any feathers or if he's just too focused specifically on slavery to connect all the dots. Either way it's impossible for me to ignore. The good things he has to say, like the toxic origins of seemingly innocuous materials, the role of mangrove forests in sequestering carbon, small diversified farms being better stewards of land than large-scale industrial farms, and obviously the magnification of ecocide and human misery when criminals are allowed to run the show, really can't make up for it. I've given worse books better reviews on here but it's 2016. I've been reading about the same bullshit "solutions" for like 10 years now and don't see how rehashings of the same naïve ideas can justify the publishing of all these new books by people who supposedly want to save trees. I'm just totally out of patience at this point.

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  1. Why I had to write Blood and Earth For years I traveled the world meeting people in slavery trying to understand the depth and truth of their lives What I saw, heard, and learned changed me, and led me deeper into the work of ending slavery, but I was missing something important Where there are slaves, the environment is under assault, forests are being destroyed, endangered species are dying, and climate change is worsening and all of this destruction is driven by profits from products we buy Children, especially, are suffering in the fish camps of Bangladesh, in the mines of Eastern Congo feeding the electronics industry, in mercury saturated gold pits in Ghana, and when brutally used and disposed of by criminals decimating the forest And beside the children, endangered species are being wiped out, or pressed to fight back like the protected Bengal tigers that prey on child slaves in fishing camps.After seven years of research and travel we now know that if slavery were a country it would be the third largest producer of CO2 in the world after China and the USA, though its population is only the size of Canada s The scale of this joint disaster has been too big to see, until now Yet, it is precisely the role that slaves play in this ecological catastrophe that opens a new solution, one that unleashes the power of abolition to save and preserve the natural world.To hear about Blood and Earth tune in to NPR s Fresh Air on Tuesday 19 January, and check out an excerpt in Scientific American HERE.I m a guy that grew up in Oklahoma thinking if the whole world is as quiet as this place I better cram life to the fullest The good news the world is often much interesting than Oklahoma I lived a long time in London, and now live in DC For the last 14 years all my work has been about modern slavery real slavery, not sweatshops, or bad marriages, or not being able to stop shopping Back in 1999 I published a book about contemporary slavery that changed my life It went into 10 languages, got made into a movie, won some prizes, stuff like that Since then I ve published three books, and three will come out in 2008.In Sept 2007 I published a book that is a plan for the eradication of global slavery It s called Ending Slavery How We Free Today s Slaves This is what people said about it None of us is truly free while others remain enslaved The continuing existence of slavery is one of the greatest tragedies facing our global humanity Today we finally have the means and increasingly the conviction to end this scourge and to bring millions of slaves to freedom Read Kevin Bales practical and inspiring book and you will discover how our world can be free at last Archbishop Desmond Tutu I was enslaved at age 11 as part of a human trafficking plot I know modern slavery from the inside, and since coming to freedom I am committed to end it forever Every human life has value People have been sold for far too long and it s time to stop it This book shows us how to make a world where no childhoods will be stolen and sold as mine was Given Kachepa, former child slave in the United States Ever since the Emancipation Proclamation, Americans have congratulated themselves on ending slavery once and for all But did we Kevin Bales is a powerful and effective voice in pointing out the appalling degree to which servitude, forced labor and outright slavery still exist in today s world, even here This book is a valuable primer on the persistence of these evils, their intricate links to poverty, corruption and globalization and what we can do to combat them He s a modern day William Lloyd Garrison Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire s SlavesHere s the other bio stuff My book Disposable People New Slavery in the Global Economy published in 1999, was nominated for the

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  1. This book s message regarding the connections between impoverishment, desperation, exploitation and environmental degradation is important but the ideas proposed to save the world are no secret, and frankly they re kind of a joke Early on, when talking about his investigation of an illegal mining operation, he says I can t live without my phone and people here are dying because of it So I figured this would probably lead to one of two things, either a criticism of a culture where people literall [...]


  2. 3.5 4 stars Oh, man This might be a case of ignorance is bliss But as the author points out, once you know, you can no longer plea ignorance, just indifference Basically, if we use a touch screen, buy gold and other gems, eat shrimp from someplace other than the US, or purchase lumber that isn t certifiably sourced, we are participating in global slavery And that just scratches the surface Not only that, but the author shows how slavery goes hand in hand with ecocide These organizations don t ca [...]


  3. Ich w nschte wirklich, ein deutscher Verlag w rde das bersetzen Bales schreibt so fantastisch und bildgewaltig und berzeugt nicht nur mit Sprache, sondern auch mit Fakten Er stellt die unglaublich interessante und be ngstigende Verbindung zwischen Menschenhandel und Umweltzerst rung her und r ttelt wach, ohne einen vollkommen zu berfordern.Gro e Empfehlung vor allem wer hier ein top aktuelles Buch sucht, was auch Bezug auf Deutschland nimmt, findet hier, was er sucht.


  4. The authors makes disturbing links between global climate change, socio economic unrest, and modern slavery Must read for anyone planning to work with refugees, those in poverty, international studies, economics, international law, and political science.


  5. Blood and Earth is an interesting book on slavery What got me even interested was the tagline of this book Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World.Kevin Bales is an expert on modern day slavery and has been researching on the same since the 1990s He has covered various aspects of modern day slavery and its effect on the environment.The general theme of this book is that slaves produce many of the things that we buy, and in the process they are forced to destroy our shared en [...]


  6. A compulsive read for those with an interest in social justice and environmentalism This book will make it hard for some to continue supporting various industries or at least shall drive them to ask, where did this come from and what am I supporting with my purchase The personal stories are matter of fact allowing the reader or at least this one to understand once again how we in the States have no idea the conditions so many endure while barely achieving the daily requirements of food and shelt [...]


  7. It was hard to read this book because the subject matter was so disturbing As the final chapter asserts, you can t un know what you know Each of us is responsible for making informed choices as consumers and acting as global citizens and stewards.



  8. Extremely thought provoking and disturbing, Kevin Bales Blood and Earth will keep you up at night and hopefully guide your purchases, investments and votes.


  9. I was so excited to read this book and was unfortunately disappointed The research and stories told were incredibly powerful, and the problem is clearly demonstrated However, the book lacks a clear thesis and doesn t really present solutions The structure of the book doesn t lend itself to you forming your own solutions either several points are repeated to the point of utter redundancy Some thoughts and ideas are randomly inserted in chapters, making it seem like Bales just felt the need to inc [...]


  10. This book was informative, illuminating, awe inspiring It really made want to be a human rights lawyer Bales uses clear and readable language to advance a powerful argument slavery and ecocide have a terrible synergy, but we have the power to stop it I learned a lot from the book prior to reading it, I didn t know slavery still existed, much less that there are currently 35 million skates in the world today I didn t know the selections I make at the supermarket to the phone that I use have an im [...]



  11. The book provides important insight into the immoral portions of supply chains unseen for goods still well in demand Whether it be coltan, gold, shrimp, or timber, the source of what we consume has to be investigated to prevent illegal activity that tramples on human rights.


  12. Kevin Bales, an expert on modern slavery, hypothesizes that human slavery today is inextricably linked to the destruction of our environment, stating that slavery 30 million people is the third largest producer of greenhouse gases Bales provides solid data on the use of slaves to obtain materials so far at the beginning of the supply chain for our modern conveniences and luxuries such as cell phones, computers, shrimp, chocolate, kitchen tiles, etc He opens the eyes of the reader and provokes us [...]


  13. This book took me many months other books interrupting it, and it s kind of intense But it is SO important This book looks at the connection between slavery and environmental destruction It is horrifying to see the conditions of the slaves and the environments, how the governments and other groups are a part of it, and the incredibly difficult problem in creating change Great book.


  14. I rate it four because I think it contains a powerful message that must be contemplated I will not be the same consumer that I was before reading this The undeniable connection between slavery and ecocide is proven by Bales, but he also forces us to face the uncomfortable fact that our uncritical consuming of goods from tombstones to shrimp to cellphones to gold is contributing the utterly abysmal suffering of men and women caught in real life slavery.I expected an activist rant, an uncomfortabl [...]


  15. Because anthropogenic climate disruption is a multi layered predicament, I believe the solutions need to be just as diverse therefore, reading Bales study of contemporary instances of slavery around the world is essential reading for tackling the ecocide we now live amid In the Congo, slaves are used to deforest the land in Bangladesh, children slave at shrimp harvesting, in Ghana, slaves work the mines and in Brazil, slaves clear land for agriculturel contributing to ecocide.Bales profiles the [...]


  16. The supply chain that reaches from the Bisie mine in the DRC to the phone in your pocket has around eleven steps, the last two being the retailer where we buy our goods and ourselves, the ultimate consumers of the cellphones, laptops, and everything else Since most businesses don t want slavery in their products, the lies told to hide slavery cluster most thickly at the beginning of the supply chain The sense of guilt or responsibility for the origin of the base materials fades at every step on [...]


  17. Be forewarned, this is a gruesome, gut wrenching account of how slavery and environmental destruction combine to pose a serious ecological threat to the planet From mines in the war torn Congo to shrimp production near Bangladesh and into the where special interests in Brazil act with impunity and eliminate opposition in a lethal manner, the author supplies harrowing tales and anecdotes of the modern slavery rings that prey on innocent and unsuspecting victims.Governments, if they function at al [...]


  18. For a book about slavery It actually doesn t describe too many kinds of slavery going on today Someone else wrote that this could have been an article instead of a book and it did have a fair amount of repetition You will learn interesting facts about slavery in mineral ore, charcoal, shrimp farming, lumber, and gold and it is very enlightening At its best the book can be gripping, tear jerking, and shocking from the utter devastation and brutal working conditions of gold slavery to the gross co [...]


  19. Kevin Bales, leading anti slavery advocate, visited several hot spots around the globe so that he could give a well informed, primary source account of exactly how the malfeasance of modern slavery leads to the tragedy of ecocide I don t think I ll ever be able to eat another shrimp after reading the heart rending account of what women in Indonesia go through to provide 1st world nations with all the shrimp they can eat Sickening The accounts of the devastation in Africa in order to mine cassite [...]


  20. This is definitely not a feel good book But every once in a while I think one needs to read a nonfiction book that shakes you up and makes you take notice about what s really going on in the rest of the world There are definitely bigger problems than what we fret about here on a daily basis One needs to be reminded about poverty and slavery and human trafficking to realize that our priorities need to be reexamined now and again This book will do that for you in a big way I heard a part of this o [...]


  21. This was an eye opening read for sure It took me a long time to get through, and at times faltered as a text, but overall, it did a good job of exploring modern day slavery and it s connection with ecocide It is a slightly frustrating read, because at times the situation seems hopeless The widespread devastation of natural resources described time and again is so heart wrenching, and it left me feeling relatively hopeless I know there are small things I can do, but overall, it seems like the des [...]


  22. That s the thing about criminals that commit slavery and ecocide, they hide what they do and make things hard to trace But if you re making your living dealing in metals, whether in the form of jewelry or cellphones, you have a responsibility to not hurt other people while you make profits The supply chain may be complicated the morals are not Kevin Bales


  23. An amazing insight into how slavery in our modern world and environmental degradation are intimately linked and how together they will destroy our world Truly an eye opening read and it has given me a new outlook on the world and great zeal to challenge these injustices.



  24. This book is a great read about slavery which I m interested in, but also includes ecocide Until this book, I didn t realize how the two run hand in hand It s a must read for this generation.





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