Earth in the Balance

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A passionate and lifelong defender of the environment, Vice President Al Gore describes in this classic best-selling book how human actions and decisions can endanger or safeguard the vulnerable ecosystem that sustains us all. The book's groundbreaking analysis helped place the environment on the national agenda, summoning politicians, the media, and the public to attention and action. The message remains just as urgent today as it did eight years ago: while much has been accomplished, we must meet a global ...

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Overview

A passionate and lifelong defender of the environment, Vice President Al Gore describes in this classic best-selling book how human actions and decisions can endanger or safeguard the vulnerable ecosystem that sustains us all. The book's groundbreaking analysis helped place the environment on the national agenda, summoning politicians, the media, and the public to attention and action. The message remains just as urgent today as it did eight years ago: while much has been accomplished, we must meet a global environmental challenge that reaches into every aspect of our society.
In brave and unforgettable terms, Earth in the Balance probes the roots of the environmental crisis and offers a bold and forceful vision of a new, more sustainable path. Having provoked international discussion upon its original publication, it continues to confront us with profound challenges. Human civilization must change its course if we are to heal our ailing environment and preserve the earth's ecology for future generations.
Vice President Gore describes in a new foreword to this classic what we have achieved and what remains to be done, and issues a clarion call to begin the millennium with an "Environment Decade." It is time to reflect deeply on the fate of our planet and commit ourselves to its future.

In this brave and provocative package, Gore argues that only a radical rethinking of our relationship with nature can save the earth's ecology for future generations. 2 cassettes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Vice President-elect Gore explains the necessity of enviromentalism and offers bold initiatives for change in this thoughtful, compelling primer, a QPB selection and PW bestseller. Illustrations. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
YA-- Too often, environmental challenges are presented in such a way that the more one learns, the more hopeless it all seems. Earth in the Balance does not shrink from the magnitude and painfulness of the conflicts YAs will soon inherit, but it also gives encouragement, offering the possibility of resolution. A passionate yet clearheaded exposition of a worldwide crisis is the starting point of this courageous book. Retracing his own journey, Gore leads readers toward a greater understanding of humanity and toward thinking beyond currently perceived limitations. With often stunning insight, he looks at how ``dysfunctional civilization,'' political realities, and religious traditions have helped to shape the current global ecological situation. This breadth of perspective should speak to a diversity of readers, while the final section, outlining a plausible plan of action, can capture the imaginations of practical as well as idealistic readers. The book may seem daunting to some, but its 3-part, 15-chapter structure, which allows readers to browse at will, should make it accessible enough to most YAs.-- Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Senator (and vice presidential candidate) Gore (Democrat, Tennessee) demonstrates that the quality of air, water, and soil is at grave risk, not only locally or regionally but globally, and argues that only a radical rethinking of the human relationship with nature can save the earth's ecology for future generations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574533828
  • Publisher: Audio Literature
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.65 (w) x 7.05 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Vice President of the United States Al Gore has been a journalist, a state representative, and a senator. He is a leading advocate for environmental issues around the globe.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Plume Edition
Introduction 1
Pt. I Balance at Risk
1 Ships in the Desert 19
2 The Shadow Our Future Throws 36
3 Climate and Civilization: A Short History 56
4 Buddha's Breath 81
5 If the Well Goes Dry 99
6 Skin Deep 115
7 Seeds of Privation 126
8 The Wasteland 145
Pt. II The Search for Balance
9 Self-Stewardship 167
10 Eco-nomics: Truth or Consequences 182
11 We Are What We Use 197
12 Dysfunctional Civilization 216
13 Environmentalism of the Spirit 238
Pt. III Striking the Balance
14 A New Common Purpose 269
15 A Global Marshall Plan 295
Conclusion 361
Acknowledgments 371
Notes 374
Bibliography 386
Index 394
Credits 408
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