Eco-Heroes: Twelve Tales of Environmental Victory


Wallace profiles 12 activists from around the world who prove that environmental victories are possible; that they begin within us and can happen in our own backyards. (Environmental Studies)
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Wallace profiles 12 activists from around the world who prove that environmental victories are possible; that they begin within us and can happen in our own backyards. (Environmental Studies)
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These profiles of 12 winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize are inspiring tales of crusades in 10 countries. Wallace, former literary editor of The New Environmental Handbook , provides readable, if not very deep, narratives of their battles for the environment. Kenyan Wangara Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, which is trying to save Africa's deforested lands while empowering ordinary women, who have planted 10 million trees with their own hands. New Zealander Catherine Wallace's efforts to rescue her family farm from mining exploration developed into a fierce passion to preseve Antarctica from depredation. The two Americans profiled are outside the environmentalist mainstream: Sam LaBudde, whose graphic videotapes helped stop the slaughter of dolphins by tuna fishermen, criticizes Washington environmental organizations for their ``ethic of compromise''; Love Canal housewife Lois Gibbs, whose protests led her to found the Citizen's Cleaninghouse for Hazardous Wastes, believes that ``the average people and the average community can change the world.'' Gancher edited Not Man Apart. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Library Journal
The San Francisco Goldman Environmental Foundation annually awards monetary prizes to individuals from each of the continents for ``their grassroots efforts to preserve and enhance the environment.'' Eco-Heroes profiles 12 winners, including Sam LaBudde, a biologist whose secret documentation of the slaughter of dolphins eventually led canners to stop buying tuna caught in dolphin-killing nets. Roland Tiensur, a 12 - year - old Swede, sparked a worldwide student movement by organ izing a bake sale in his village that raised money to buy ten acres of Costa Rican rain forest. Wangari Maathal directed a tree-planting project that has given employment to 50,000 Kenyan women. All libraries will find this inspiring and enlightening book a worthwhile purchase.-- Eva Lautemann, DeKalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga.
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In recentt history there have been a multitude of triumphs over ecological disintegration. Aubrey Wallace calls attention to the attention to the impact that women are having in creating th environmental victories of today. These tales are saturated with strength, preserverance and humaneness that will resonate within the recesses of the mind. Eco-Heroes serves as a representation of past victories and as a catalyst for future actions. Aubrey furnishes the real-life accounts of common people moving to action and inducing change. These 12 stories communicate ecological restoration alongside societal convergence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562790332
  • Publisher: Mercury House
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Eco-Heroes
Sowing Seeds of Hope: Wangari Maathai, Kenya 1
Madame Loire: Christine Jean, France 23
Undercover Agent: Samuel LaBudde, United States 37
Infighting for the Last Frontier: Catherine Wallace, New Zealand 61
Making Waves: Jeton Anjain, Marshall Islands 87
Teaching Children Well: Eha Kern/ Roland Tiensuu, Sweden 107
Step by Step: Michael Werikhe, Kenya 117
Standing Up for Trees: Colleen McCrory, Canada 135
Taking the Heat: Wadja Egnankou, Ivory Coast 155
Mrs. Gibbs Goes to Washington: Lois Gibbs, United States 167
Hell or High Water: Medha Patkar, India 193
Harmonies in the Forest: Beto (Carlos Alberto) Ricardo, Brazil 209
About Sources 227
Bibliography 229
Acknowledgments 233
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