Speaking—at Last!—of Forbidden Things

Tom Flynn

Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, edited by Philip Cafaro and Eileen Crist, with a foreword by Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich (Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 2012, ISBN 0-8203-4048-0) 342 pp. Hardcover, $69.95, softcover, $24.95.

To call this book overdue is a high understatement. Editors Philip Cafaro and Eileen Crist have assembled a masterful anthology challenging environmental activists to reengage with the issue of overpopulation. As Cafaro observes in his epilogue, “lessening the human footprint is inseparable from limiting the number of human feet.”

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