Earth Rising: American Environmentalism in the 21st Century / Edition 1

Earth Rising: American Environmentalism in the 21st Century / Edition 1

by Philip Shabecoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559635843

ISBN-13: 9781559635844

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Island Press

<p>"The mission of environmentalism is to mobilize society at all levels to confront the danger and disorder into which human activity has propelled us and guide us to a safer, saner way of living on the planet.... Environmentalism has never been about catastrophe. It is about alternatives, about changing course, about transforming the future." - Philip Shabecoff,

Overview

<p>"The mission of environmentalism is to mobilize society at all levels to confront the danger and disorder into which human activity has propelled us and guide us to a safer, saner way of living on the planet.... Environmentalism has never been about catastrophe. It is about alternatives, about changing course, about transforming the future." - Philip Shabecoff, from Earth Risin.<p>Philip Shabecoff, America's preeminent environmental journalist, has spent more than two decades thinking and writing about the environment and related subjects, as a reporter for The New York Times, as publisher of Greenwire, and as the author of two books, including the critically acclaimed A Fierce Green Fire. In Earth Rising, he draws on that experience to offer a pointed and thought-provoking critique of the current state and future prospects of the American environmental movement.<p>Based on extensive interviews with a wide range of individuals both within and outside of the movement, Shabecoff elucidates the issues and problems confronting today's environmentalists and analyzes the movement's strengths and weaknesses. Viewing environmental threats as symptoms of flows in our society and its systems, he considers the urgent need for a broader, more inclusive environmentalism, and examines the role environmentalists can - and must - play in:<ul> <li>reforming the education system <li>taming the global economy and making it an instrument of human needs <li>working for political reform, including reducing the influence of corporate spending on the electoral process <li>directing the course of the scientific enterprise as well as making use of its results <li>helping develop a new moral center for people throughout the nation and the world</ul> Throughout, Shabecoff emphasizes the need for national organizations to link together with grassroots groups and to become more responsive to local concerns, and argues that the environmental movement has not yet adequately prepared itself to meet current and coming challenges. He makes a compelling case that another wave of environmentalism is needed - more powerful, diverse and sophisticated, visionary and flexible. Earth Rising offers a detailed road map that can guide environmentalists toward that new and reenergized place in society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559635844
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Chapter 1 The Story until Now1
Chapter 2 At the Turn of the Millennium13
Chapter 3 Shades of Green: The State of the Movement29
Chapter 4 Environment, Community, and Society53
Chapter 5 The Business of America: Environmentalism and the
Economy83
Chapter 6 Playing Politics: Environmentalists and the
Electoral Process111
Chapter 7 Taming, the Genie: Science, Technology, and
Environmentalism137
Chapter 8 Small World: America and the Global Environment155
Chapter 9 Transforming the Future177
Notes195
Interviews211
Bibliography213
Index217

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