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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.