Ignition: What You Can Do To Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement

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The evidence is irrefutable: global warming is real. While the debate continues about just how much damage spiking temperatures will wreak, we know the threat to our homes, health, and even way of life is dire. So why isn’t America doing anything? Where is the national campaign to stop this catastrophe?
 
It may lie between the covers of this book. Ignition brings together some of the world’s finest thinkers and advocates to jump start ...
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Overview


The evidence is irrefutable: global warming is real. While the debate continues about just how much damage spiking temperatures will wreak, we know the threat to our homes, health, and even way of life is dire. So why isn’t America doing anything? Where is the national campaign to stop this catastrophe?
 
It may lie between the covers of this book. Ignition brings together some of the world’s finest thinkers and advocates to jump start the ultimate green revolution. Including celebrated writers like Bill McKibben and renowned scholars like Gus Speth, as well as young activists, the authors draw on direct experience in grassroots organization, education, law, and social leadership. Their approaches are various, from building coalitions to win political battles to rallying shareholders to change corporate behavior. But they share a belief that private fears about deadly heat waves and disastrous hurricanes can translate into powerful public action.
 
For anyone who feels compelled to do more than change their light bulbs or occasionally carpool, Ignition is an essential guide. Combining incisive essays with success stories and web resources, the book helps readers answer the most important question we all face: “What can I do?”
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Editorial Reviews

Nature Reports

"Ignition is at different times both visionary and very practical...it has lessons for all of those now helping build a true worldwide movement to tackle climate change."
Nature Reports - Mark Lynas

"Ignition is at different times both visionary and very practical...it has lessons for all of those now helping build a true worldwide movement to tackle climate change."
University of Wisconsin-Madison and President, Academy of Evangelical Scientists - Prof. Calvin B. DeWitt

"A spark-plug for the emerging climate movement, this book inspires, shapes, motivates, and empowers! Ignition helps transform our baby steps into mature, fresh, energetic, and unswerving strides."
co-founder of the Energy Action Coalition - Billy Parish

"Ignition assembles some of the movement's best thinkers and most promising strategies, and one can begin to see how all the pieces add up to something that just might work. This is a crucial handbook for anyone who wants to be part of the solution."
President and founder, Natural Capitalism, Inc. - L. Hunter Lovins

"This diverse and unfailingly astute group of authors shows how global warming affects us all and how we can all help fight it. Read this book. Join the movement. You'll make a profitable investment in your future, in our planet, and in prosperity."
filmmakers, "Everything’s Cool" and "Blue Vinyl" - Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand

"Global warming is depressing. Ignition is not. In fact, it's hopeful, sometimes irreverent, and always inspiring. Its authors 'get it'! They understand that combating climate change is a long-term struggle that will require determination, political savvy, and even a little bit of humor."
Nature Reports

"Ignition is at different times both visionary and very practical...it has lessons for all of those now helping build a true worldwide movement to tackle climate change."

— Mark Lynas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597261562
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2007
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Isham is Luce Professor of International Environmental Economics in the Department of Economics and Program in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, Vermont.

Sissel Waage is an independent consultant who works on environmental and social aspects of sustainability issues in North America, Europe, and Africa.

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Table of Contents


Introduction \ Bill McKibben
 
PART I. It's Time
Chapter 1. Igniting Action for a New Movement
Chapter 2. Groundswell 
Chapter 3. Shaping the Movement
 
Part II. Finding Your Voice
Chapter 4. Irrationality Wants to Be Your Friend
Chapter 5. Communication Strategies
Chapter 6. Coming Home to Roost
 
PART III. Finding Your Allies
Chapter 7. Focus on Health
Chapter 8. Binding Life to Values
Chapter 9. Climate Justice 
 
PART IV. Getting Mobilized
Chapter 10. The Tidewater
Chapter 11. Your Mission: Focus the Nation
Chapter 12. Practical Steps to Create Change in Your Organization 
 
PART V. Getting Results
Chapter 13. The Sound of Birds Not Singing
Chapter 14. Policy Pathways 
Chapter 15. Climate Change and the Business Challenge
Chapter 16. Taking it to the States
Chapter 17. Let's Cause Trouble, Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble
 
Afterward \ Jared Duval and Nathan Wyeth
Endnotes
References
About the Editors
About the Authors
Index
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