Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Substantially Revised)

“How to build a more just world and save the planet.... We should all heed Brown’s advice.”—Bill Clinton

In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The world faces many environmental trends of disruption and decline, including rising temperatures and spreading water shortage. In addition to these looming threats, we face the peaking of oil, annual population growth of 70 million, a widening global economic divide, and a growing list of failing states. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues overly long. In Plan B 3.0, Lester R. Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II–type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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By Michelle (Soldotna, AK) · ★★★★★ · March 05, 2008
It was exciting to hear how much is being done already in terms of renewable energy, with lots more in the building or planning phases. The author calls for a an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (not very far away), but makes it sound like a very reachable goal. We have the techn... ...more
By Mark (Portland, OR) · ★★★★★ · June 23, 2008
I really can't say enough about this book. It seems to me particularly well researched, pragmatic in its approach to solving some of the toughest environmental and social problems facing global civilization.

I would consider myself pretty well versed when it comes to issues potentially bearing th... ...more
By Nicolas (Williamsburg, MA) · ★★★★★ · September 29, 2008
Lester Brown and his team compile an extraordinary amount of scientific research to produce this compelling treatise on the status of the world specific to our environment, our natural resources and the opportunities for humanity to either self-destruct or thrive.

The first 127 pages are difficult... ...more
By Nicholas (Seattle, WA) · ★★★★★ · February 08, 2009
Plan B is a proposal of what steps must be taken to reverse current trends of environmental destruction and preserve civilization. The 3.0 is because this is the third revision of the Plan which has become gradually more dire as time moves on.

The book is split into two sections. The first covers... ...more
By Rainbowgardener (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · September 06, 2010
This is a good book if you want to have data to hand to talk to people about what is going on with our planet and what things we need to be doing and could be doing.

I started it once before and got bogged down in the 120 pp at the beginning detailing all the catastrophes in process--deteriorating... ...more
By Janelle (Gettysburg, PA) · ★★★★☆ · April 30, 2008
This book is pretty intense. If it's your first exposure to the effects of global warming, hold on to your seat... it's going to be a bumpy ride! Perhaps my gloom-and-doom-o-meter was reading high because I read this while (literally) sick to my stomach, trapped in bed... but I think not. Try to... ...more
By Carolyn (San Ramon, CA) · ★★★★★ · May 02, 2009
This book was a revelation to me. Of course, I realized that there were serious environmental risks to the planet, and that a major shift to renewable energy was required. But I didn't fully understand just how unsustainable our entire economic system is - the way we grow our food, build our buil... ...more
By Horus (Neil's home town, ON, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · October 29, 2014
A brutally honest book that doesn't and can't provide much of a feel good message, if that's what you're looking for. The are some positives, but as Mr. Brown indicates, there are only as many as we get off our collective behinds to make happen. I'm not sure if there's an even newer edition than... ...more
By Nat (Logan, UT) · ★★★★☆ · June 22, 2008
Lester Brown has sparse way of writing just the 'meat' of what needs to be said. Although some of the material is repeated in more than one of the chapters, his account of the political, economic, and social aspects of our over-exploitation of resources is clear, concise, and understandable by an... ...more
By Barry (Waihi, E7, New Zealand) · ★★★★☆ · March 03, 2009
Excellent summary of key ecological issues facing human civilisation, and a clear global plan on how to deal with them: 1. Eradicate poverty & Stablise population; 2. Restore the earth; 3. Feed people well (enough & with less ecological impact); 4. Design cities better; 5. Raise energy ef... ...more