Second Edition, published April 2005, Earthscan/James & James, 272 pages. ISBN 1-90291-651-4.
Climate Change, pollution, deforestation, destruction of the ozone layer, poverty and the population explosion are all problems created or exacerbated by the use of conventional energy. Answers are now more urgently required than ever, and Hermann Scheer shows that this crisis may yet be reversed - but that this can only happen through a fundamental change in political and economic strategies, paving the way towards a global solar energy economy sustained by new social principles. This book champions the replacement of fossil and nuclear fuels with solar energy as a real solution to the threat to the environment and associated social consequences.
In the decade since the "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro, the response of the world's governments and authorities to the threats to the global environment has been to enforce the reduction of energy consumption and harmful emissions - solutions primarily based around conventional energy resources and conventional thinking. The question is, though, wether this strategy is radical enough to address the key challenges now facing the environment, and wether it can be effective in avoiding catastrophe on a global scale.
For Hermann Scheer, the answer is a definite no. In this fully updated edition of A Solar Manifesto, he once more attacks the lack of political will to find answers outside a conventional frame of reference. Climate change, pollution, deforestation, destruction of the ozone layer, poverty and the population explosion are the problems created or exacerbated by the use of conventional energy. Seven years after the first edition of this book, answers are now more urgently required than ever, as current policies serve merely to alleviate the escalating symptoms rather than attempting a cure for what could become a terminal affliction.
Hermann Scheer shows that this crisis may yet be reversed - but it can only be made to happen through a fundamental change in political and economic strategies, paving the way towards a global solar energy economy sustained by new social principles.
'A Solar Manifesto is a munumental and breathtaking achievement! It is a visionary masterpiece, a thoughtful and well-reasoned polemic, and a handbook for a new age.'
Neville Williams, President of the Solar Electric Light Fund, USA
'Scheer's rhetoric could ignite the positive enthusiasm of a new generation.'
Frank Cook, MP, UK
Also available in
| ||- German: Sonnen-Strategie. Politik ohne Alternative. Piper-Verlag München, 7. Auflage, 1999, 293 pages. ISBN 3-492-22135-1.|
| ||- Italian: Strategia Solare. Energie rinnovabili per rinnovare la società. CUEN Ecologia 1996, 246 pages. ISBN 88-7146-309-9.|
| ||- Czech: Sluneční strategie - politika bez alternativy. 1999. ISBN 80-902535-0-4.|
|- Hungarian: Napstratégia. Nincs más kiút. Németh László Akadémia 2004, 284 pages. ISBN 80-7089-389-3.|