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A bold rallying cry for conservative environmental leadership.

Appealing to America's core conservative readership and defying conventional thinking, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and eminent conservationist Terry L. Maple posit that the values of conservative America are aligned with the principles of conservation and 'entrepreneurial environmentalism.' Saving the earth is not-and cannot be-a partisan issue. The authors outline a ten-point Contract with the Earth ...

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Overview

A bold rallying cry for conservative environmental leadership.

Appealing to America's core conservative readership and defying conventional thinking, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and eminent conservationist Terry L. Maple posit that the values of conservative America are aligned with the principles of conservation and 'entrepreneurial environmentalism.' Saving the earth is not-and cannot be-a partisan issue. The authors outline a ten-point Contract with the Earth that promotes ingenuity over rhetoric, maintaining that the expansion of 'green business,' new technologies, and environmental economic incentives will be the defining opportunities for the leaders of the next generation.

An inspiring call to action, A Contract with the Earth offers a vision of the future that is both hopeful and achievable.

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Juliet Eilperin
"A Contract with the Earth is an earnest call to deal with worldwide environmental problems, from disappearing species to ever-expanding roadside landfills. Its central proposals include: "demand objectivity" in science, "educate and inspire" citizens to foster a greater appreciation of nature and "encourage green enterprise." This is no revolutionary manifesto. It's Gingrich as Smokey the Bear, rather than as the provocateur he used to play on the national stage."
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

Efforts to cleanse the world's air and water and to put a brake on calamitous climate change aren't exclusive to "one political philosophy," Gingrich and Maple argue in this probusiness call for proenvironment action by politicians, corporations and individual Americans. Though the title echoes Gingrich's hard-right 1994 Contract with America, this more conciliatory contract reflects the former academic's penchant for bullet-point sloganeering, with its "ten commitments" call for politicians to abandon adversarial politics and for businessmen and conservationists to form "compatible partnerships." The authors alternately brand their approach mainstream and entrepreneurial environmentalism-mainstream because it rejects alarmist projections based on what they perceive as activist science and hysterical journalism, and entrepreneurial because they reject the notion that free enterprise and a cleaner world are opposing forces. The authors' concern about the future of the Earth is certainly sincere, but their prescription for action breaks shallow ground. (Nov.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Including a foreword by noted scientist E.O. Wilson, former U.S. Speaker of the House Gingrich (Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America) and Maple (president & CEO, Palm Beach Zoo; conservation & behavior, Georgia Inst. of Technology) call for bipartisan environmental stewardship and propose ten commitments to ensure its success. Gingrich and Maple express that climate change and the destruction of ecosystems demand attention; but they believe that market-driven, entrepreneurial environmentalism, in which the government participates as a partner offering incentives, not requiring mandates, is the appropriate response. The authors attempt to broaden their base of support by defining "mainstream environmentalists" to include even those who may not subscribe to their green conservatism. Gingrich and Maple occasionally move too quickly from one point to another, citing interesting examples of private-public partnerships, some of which warrant greater consideration. Footnotes or endnotes would have been helpful. Still, this serves as a useful reminder that the debate about environmental policy is far from over. Recommended for all libraries. [Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger's Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, LJ8/07, also stresses market-driven solutions to climate change.-Ed.]
—Robin K. Dillow

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801887802
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich, a college history professor and prolific author, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1999, serving four years as Speaker of the House starting in 1995. Time magazine's 1995 Man of the Year and a 2012 presidential candidate, Gingrich is the author of over twenty books, including the New York Times bestsellers Winning the Future and Rediscovering God in America. Terry L. Maple is president and CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo and a professor of conservation and behavior at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Maple is a former president of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and coeditor of Ethics on the Ark. He was president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta from 1985 to 2003. Callista Gingrich is the president of Gingrich Productions, a performance and production company focusing on audio, video, and photographic production.Callista and her husband, Newt, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include include A City Upon a Hill, America at Risk, Nine Days That Changed the World, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, Rediscovering God in America, Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage, and We Have the Power.Mrs. Gingrich is the voice for several audiobooks, including A Nation Like No Other; Valley Forge; To Save America; To Try Men's Souls; Five Principles for a Successful Life; Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less; The Art of Transformation; Real Change; A Contract with the Earth; and Rediscovering God in America. Mrs. Gingrich is also the voice for American Solutions for Winning the Future, a bipartisan organization for political and governmental change. Callista's photography has been published in the New York Times and the Washington Post. It is featured in a photographic book entitled Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, inspired by Newt and Callista's award-winning documentary film. This unique photographic collection by Newt Gingrich, Callista Gingrich, and David Bossie honors the life and legacy of our nation's fortieth president. Callista's photography is also featured in Rediscovering God in America and is regularly displayed on the Web sites Newt.org (http://newt.org/) and American Solutions for Winning the Future (http://www.americansolutions.com/).Prior to leading Gingrich Productions, Mrs. Gingrich served as chief clerk of the House Committee on Agriculture in Washington, D.C. During her tenure, the committee held hearings on a wide range of issues, including biotechnology, bioterrorism, conservation, forest management, nutrition, rural development, trade, and welfare reform. Before joining the House Committee on Agriculture, Callista served in the office of Congressman Steve Gunderson (R–Wisconsin). With over eighteen years of staff experience in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mrs. Gingrich has a wide range of knowledge in government and legislative affairs, strategic planning, research, and constituent services. A devoted Catholic, Mrs. Gingrich is a member of the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., a resident professional choir. In March 2005, the choir visited Rome, Italy, to honor Pope John Paul II and recorded a compact disc entitled Pope John Paul II: A Celebration of Life and Faith. In April 2008, the choir sang for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, during his apostolic journey to the United States. In November 2008, the choir participated in the International Festival of Sacred Music and Art in Rome.Callista plays the French horn with the City of Fairfax Band in Fairfax, Virginia, promoting musical growth and education among area residents and students. The band performs frequently in Fairfax and the Washington, D.C., area. The City of Fairfax Band is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Silver Scroll Award, which is considered North America's most prestigious award for community concert bands. Mrs. Gingrich is president of the Gingrich Foundation, a charitable nonprofit corporation. Among its charitable contributions, the Gingrich Foundation has established the Newt and Callista Gingrich Scholarship at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, which provides annual scholarships for instrumental music majors. Other grants have been awarded to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Washington National Opera, the Wolf Trap Foundation, the City of Fairfax Band, the Atlanta Ballet, the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, the Museum of the Rockies, the American Museum of Natural History, the Arthritis Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association, the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation, the Autism Society, Catholic Charities USA, the American Heart Association, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Trust for Public Land.Callista graduated cum laude and earned a bachelor of arts in music with a concentration in public communication from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While at Luther College, Mrs. Gingrich was a Pi Kappa Lambda member and a Regents Scholar. Mrs. Gingrich resides in McLean, Virginia, with her husband, Newt Gingrich.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Edward O. Wilson     ix
Preface   Newt Gingrich     xi
Acknowledgments     xvii
Are You a Mainstream Environmentalist?     xxi
Framing the Contract     1
A Contract with the Earth     9
A Matter of Respect     19
Missed Opportunities     37
Partnering for the Earth     61
Entrepreneurial Environmentalism     85
Environmental Philanthropy     107
Renewing the Natural World     125
Leading the Way to a Better World     153
From Many, One     171
Epilogue     185
Sources and Suggested Reading     199
Index     209
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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    engaging treatise

    This is an interesting look at merging American conservative values with environmentalism. Using the concept of the Contract with America that ironically failed to have any of it points survive, but helped bring the conservatives to power making it a successful manifesto; Newt Gingrich and Terry L. Maple provide ten points to save the environment, but not at the cost of the economy. The key unlike the 1994 tenet is reconciliation with all sides moving past rhetoric into doing the right thing politically while encouraging "compatible partnerships" between business and environmentalists. However some of the hug the other side tone is lost when the authors condemn the ¿Inconvenient Truth¿ crowd as being the drivel of activist scientists (taken from the mantra of activist judges as if society would accept as professionals, inactive judges or inactive scientists). Well written and interesting as the writers make a concerned case for saving the planet without destroying business interests, CONTRACT WITH EARTH is an engaging treatise at how the economy and the environment can coexist in harmony, but the book lacks deep fecundity as Newt Gingrich and Terry L. Maple never drill past the surface mantle.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    Environmentalism: The Devil Is in the Details

    In ¿A Contract with the Earth,¿ Newt Gingrich and Terry Maple correctly plead for a bipartisan approach to environmentalism. Gingrich and Maple also rightly emphasize the importance of objectivity, education, green entrepreneurship, partnership of government at all levels with organizations and businesses, the need for a long-term vision, and U.S. world leadership in tackling environmental ills. Unfortunately, ¿A Contract with the Earth¿ is ultimately of uneven quality. To their credit, Gingrich and Maple convincingly show what green entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships can achieve in reducing the human footprint on nature in some particular cases. Chapters 5 and 6 will be of particular interest to readers looking for some success stories such as Costa Rica, Walt Disney, Shell Oil, and Geoplasma. Gingrich and Maple also review with clarity in chapter 7 what some philanthropists such as the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Richard Branson¿s Virgin Fuels are working on to address some environmental ills. Furthermore, Gingrich and Maple remind readers that open societies are more receptive to environmental and social reform. Finally, Gingrich and Maple call in chapter 9 for political leaders of substance who exhibit some of the characteristics that Jim Collins has identified in his best-seller ¿Good to Great.¿ Unfortunately, Gingrich and Maple seem at times to over-simplify the challenges at hand. Here follow a few examples for illustration purposes only: 1. Gingrich and Maple note that in some respects, the population problem (in the third world) is solving itself, with birth rates falling as nations develop healthy economies with stable, predictable futures. Both authors also point out that the U.S. can handle overpopulation most effectively by targeting foreign aides for emerging democracies with a stable rule of law and growing economies. Unfortunately, Gingrich and Maple fail to mention that U.S. support for family planning abroad began to decline in 1996. The U.S. is not alone in this area. As Jonathon Porritt, Chair, U.K. Sustainable Development Commission, rightly states in BBC-sponsored Planet Earth, good family planning is all about empowering women and girls with literacy and better healthcare to bring birth rates down. Furthermore, both authors omit to mention that the current U.S. administration has banned funding to groups that provides or promotes abortion. Unlike the other regions of the world, Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, is experiencing fast and ultimately unsustainable population growth as John May of the World Bank and Jean-Pierre Guengant of IRD (French Research Institute for Development) recently observed. 2. Gingrich and Maple lament that the American Government, both Congress and the President, is not doing enough in addressing environmental challenges. However, many Americans are wary of pushing the American Government too far, too fast, because of the high costs involved in solving environmental problems. The new, imperfect compromise over CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards illustrates this point very well. 3. Gingrich and Maple also plead for a plan to significantly and rapidly reduce U.S. dependence on (foreign) oil by considering a serious switch from fossils fuels to renewable alternatives. Since 1974, all U.S. presidents have called for energy independence, but all have failed in this endeavor. Despite the rhetoric, U.S. reliance on foreign oil increased from 36.1% in 1974 to 65.5% in 2006 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Americans use more oil per person than any other country in the world, with the possible exception of some oil-exporting states. 2/3 of all oil consumed in the U.S. is used for powering U.S. cars and trucks according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The new changes to CAFE standards will probably not significantly alter this picture, especially when one considers the existing v

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    a worthwhile publication

    'a contract with the earth' has alot of documentation about cleaning up the envioroment and the best things that I like was this book does not have anything about the hype that puts out films and books that scientists shoot down like certain famous people. Iam glad that newt gingrich has put out so much research that has some exellent material that showed a great way to clean up the enviroment I hope this book will show the 2008 candidates some great hope with our nation to see some truth about the enviroment. great gift idea for a friend or family member or soldier serving over seas.as an added bonus there are some great web sites that will offer wonderful research and helpful material.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    Gingrich´s Contract with the Earth is a Death Sentence for the Planet

    Gingrich sites a market-driven environmentalism and incentitive driven controls. Has Gingrich ever heard of China? Frankly, the entire new China is market- driven by the west. Look at the outcome. Does the author truly believe business will voluntarily yield the call for a cleaner world. No, it costs money. Ask the Olympians going to China if they have enough air to breathe? Gingrich is as reluctant to accept the fact, as big business, that we have an environmental crisis to deal with now. His nature, like most human nature, will ignore the dangers until it is too late.

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