Hope Is an Imperative: The Essential David Orr

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For more than three decades, David Orr has been one of the leading voices of the environmental movement, championing the cause of ecological literacy in higher education, helping to establish and shape the field of ecological design, and working tirelessly to raise awareness of the threats to future generations posed by humanity?s current unsustainable trajectory.

 

Hope Is an Imperative brings together in a single volume Professor Orr?s most important works. These include ...

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Overview

For more than three decades, David Orr has been one of the leading voices of the environmental movement, championing the cause of ecological literacy in higher education, helping to establish and shape the field of ecological design, and working tirelessly to raise awareness of the threats to future generations posed by humanity’s current unsustainable trajectory.

 

Hope Is an Imperative brings together in a single volume Professor Orr’s most important works. These include classics such as “What Is Education For?,” one of the most widely reprinted essays in the environmental literature, “The Campus and the Biosphere,” which helped launch the green campus movement,and “Loving Children: A Design Problem,” which renowned theologian and philosopher Thomas Berry called “the most remarkable essay I’ve read in my whole life.”

 

The book features thirty-three essays, along with an introductory section that considers the evolution of environmentalism, section introductions that place the essays into a larger context, and a foreword by physicist and author Fritjof Capra.

 

Hope Is an Imperative is a comprehensive collection of works by one of the most important thinkers and writers of our time. It offers a complete introduction to the writings of David Orr for readers new to the field, and represents a welcome compendium of key essays for longtime fans. The book is a must-have volume for every environmentalist’s bookshelf.

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Editorial Reviews

Larry Schweiger - National Wildlife Federation President

"David Orr is a treasure trove of provocative thought as he probes the treacherous fault lines leading to unsustainable communities and ecological collapse. He challenges us to tear down the walls of separation between analytical science and intergenerational love and to ponder knowledge in search of life-sustaining wisdom."
Massachusetts Environmental Education Society Website - Arianna Alexsandra Grindrod

"Orr lays out our societal blocks candidly, examines them, and then plainly and honestly states next steps. Steps that, while not necessarily easy, will help us evolve beyond current cultural constructs. This book dares you to be humble and to not react to ignorance and arrogance but rather reflect and respond with care and integrity.

This book begins and ends by challenging and encouraging those who profess to lead, to teach, to do good in the world: Demonstrate your worth. Be humble, be honest, be visionary. Act. Study, love, appreciate, work with, and emulate what gives us life, purpose, connection, and beauty. There is so much more I would love to share about this book. It is totally worth your time and energy. Read it!"

author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspried by Nature - Janine Benyus
“When someone new to sustainability asks me how to prepare for the journey, I say read David Orr. When a longtimer asks what will open their heart and mind all over again, I send them David's latest. If you crave honest, impassioned, and impeccably researched conversation about things that really matter, buy this book as a gift to yourself. You'll find  no better thinking partner.”
author of Wild Comfort - Kathleen Dean Moore
"Like our other environmental heros, Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold, David Orr's genius likes in his ability to bring together the practical wisdom of the ecological sciences, the moral clarity of ethics, and the power of incisive prose. Hope is an Imperative is a gift of enduring insight and imagination, a source of hope in itself."
Natural Areas Journal
"[Orr] provides clear analysis of issues and lays out ethical and practical actions ... I gained insight and inspiration from nearly every page of this book, as evidenced by a nearly dry highlighter ... should be mandatory yearly reading for all those in the field of education... Get the book. You won't regret it ... The clarity of the arguments and the inspiration provided in this collection will increase the measure of your life's work thereafter."
author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change - Elizabeth Kolbert
"No one writes more intelligently—or more eloquently—about the major issues of our time than David Orr. His essays are at once a challenge and an inspiration."
Massachusetts Environmental Education Society Website
"Orr lays out our societal blocks candidly, examines them, and then plainly and honestly states next steps. Steps that, while not necessarily easy, will help us evolve beyond current cultural constructs. This book dares you to be humble and to not react to ignorance and arrogance but rather reflect and respond with care and integrity. This book begins and ends by challenging and encouraging those who profess to lead, to teach, to do good in the world: Demonstrate your worth. Be humble, be honest, be visionary. Act. Study, love, appreciate, work with, and emulate what gives us life, purpose, connection, and beauty. There is so much more I would love to share about this book. It is totally worth your time and energy. Read it!"
President, National Wildlife Federation - Larry Schweiger
"David Orr is a treasure trove of provocative thought as he probes the treacherous fault lines leading to unsustainable communities and ecological collapse. He challenges us to tear down the walls of separation between analytical science and intergenerational love and to ponder knowledge in search of life-sustaining wisdom."
Book News
"Orr (environmental studies and politics, Oberlin College) has assembled 35 essays he wrote between 1985 and 2000 documenting and analyzing what he calls the white-water rapids that human civilization entered during that period. The overall themes are the fundamentals, sustainability, ecological design, education, and energy and climate. Among the topics are verbicide, walking north on a southbound train, designing minds, ecological literacy, and Pascal's wager and economics in a hotter time."
Treehugger
"David W. Orr is obviously a very intelligent man and his essays provide rich food for thoughts for those of us who want to steer the world in a more sustainable direction."
Green Teacher
"Hope Is an Imperative is a compilation of some of the most provocative and poignant essays of distinguished American environmental studies professor and writer David Orr...the wisdom in this anthology can provide inspiration and ideas for how to apply sustainability principles into your teaching programs, community, and life."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597267007
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 375
  • Sales rank: 1,180,183
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and the author of six previous books.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Fritjof Capra xi

Introduction xv

Part 1 The Fundamentals

1 Verbicide 5

2 Slow Knowledge 13

3 Speed 21

4 Love 30

5 Reflections on Water and Oil 35

6 Gratitude 41

7 Orr's Laws 46

Part 2 On Sustainability

8 Walking North on a Southbound Train 57

9 Four Challenges of Sustainability 66

10 The Problem of Sustainability 73

11 Two Meanings of Sustainability 93

12 Leverage 112

13 Shelf Life 118

14 The Constitution of Nature 126

15 Diversity 139

16 All Sustainability Is Local: New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 145

Part 3 On Ecological Design

17 Designing Minds 165

18 Loving Children: A Design Problem 172

19 Further Reflections on Architecture as Pedagogy 180

20 The Origins of Ecological Design 186

21 The Design Revolution: Notes for Practitioners 198

Part 4 On Education

22 Place as Teacher 213

23 The Problem of Education 229

24 What Is Education For? 237

25 Some Thoughts on Intelligence 246

26 Ecological Literacy 251

27 Place and Pedagogy 262

28 The Liberal Arts, the Campus, and the Biosphere 270

Part 5 On Energy and Climate

29 Pascal's Wager and Economics in a Hotter Time 285

30 The Carbon Connection 292

31 2020: A Proposal 300

32 Baggage: The Case for Climate Mitigation 308

33 Long Tails and Ethics: Thinking about the Unthinkable 316

34 Hope (in a Hotter Time) 324

35 At the End of Our Tether? The Rationality of Nonviolence 333

Sources 341

Permissions 353

About David W. Orr 353

Index 357

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