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"This is an unabashed call to each and every American to moral duty for the future of life on earth," begins National Wildlife Federation president and CEO Larry J. Schweiger in this stirring exposé and call to action. Speaking to us not just as a conservation leader but also as an outdoor lover and a parent, Schweiger describes the causes and effects of global warming on our wildlife, ecosystems, and human life as we know it.

With an engaging, down-to-earth tone (and a dash of wit; e.g., "What Happens in ...

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"This is an unabashed call to each and every American to moral duty for the future of life on earth," begins National Wildlife Federation president and CEO Larry J. Schweiger in this stirring exposé and call to action. Speaking to us not just as a conservation leader but also as an outdoor lover and a parent, Schweiger describes the causes and effects of global warming on our wildlife, ecosystems, and human life as we know it.

With an engaging, down-to-earth tone (and a dash of wit; e.g., "What Happens in Greenland Will Not Stay in Greenland"), Schweiger breaks down the science behind our looming environmental catastrophe. Not letting go of hope, he also offers practical solutions and proposes a plan of action for everyday citizens. Last Chance will inspire each of us to take part in restoring the vital connection to our natural world before it's too late.

Larry J. Schweiger is president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, the United States' largest conservation organization. He also serves as co-chair of the board of directors of the Alliance for Climate Protection and has received many awards for his conservation efforts, including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Wildlife Federation and the Conservation Service Award from the Christian Environmental Association.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555918057
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Speaker's Corner
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 349 KB

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Larry Schweiger is president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, America's largest conservation organization. He also serves as co-chair of the board of directors of the Alliance for Climate Protection and has received many awards for his conservation efforts, including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Wildlife Federation, and the Conservation Service Award from the Christian Environmental Association.
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  • Posted October 7, 2009

    A gift for all of us...just in time

    Those of us, who care about the health of the planet and the quality of life for our children and grandchildren, owe Larry Schweiger a deep debt of gratitude. Last Chance is a comprehensive, clear, concise, 200 page jewel of a book. Readers who are well educated on the looming dangers of climate change, as well as those who need to expand their knowledge, will appreciate this work of incredible scope presented in an eminently readable style. In addition, it offers readers practical recommendations on how to get involved and clearly presents the extensive, science based reasons supporting the urgency for action now.

    Last Chance is an easy yet critical read. We live in an interconnected world, and the many feedback loops illustrated in the book show us the existing evidence of an already changing world and fears about what is to come. Without a doubt, it is time to seize the moment as the planet is teetering so precariously out of balance. I hope everyone will heed Mr. Schweiger's call to action in whatever way they can. Future generations are counting on us.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

    Our Last Chance for a Sustainable Future

    "It is with our heads that we must think and ponder, while it is with our hearts that we muster courage to act boldly when loved ones are at risk."
    Larry Schweiger - LAST CHANCE

    Larry Schweiger is a much respected environmental leader. He is known for taking on epic battles. Global climate change is certainly the largest battle of our times. In LAST CHANCE the battle lines are clear - they extend from every human to the systems that sustain life on earth. While the complexity of climatic variables like feedback effects are imperfectly known, climate scientists are overwhelmingly and alarmingly of one mind - humanity is in trouble. Many of my colleagues in the science community believe it is the scientist's job to report the facts and nothing but the facts. But what is the scientist to do when the preponderance of evidence clearly suggests that the planet is in trouble? Schweiger's book provides the answer. It is time for everyone to act - the scientist, the politician, the consumer, the activist, the parent and every person interested in a sustainable future. It may well be our last chance.
    I finished reading Larry's book last night. It is the optimum mix of precise science, engaging storytelling, political history, and above all the orbital view required to see the critical interconnections of planetary systems. Lest anyone still believe that global climate change will result in simple sea level rise and more storms in the coastal regions, Larry documents the fundamental disruptions that will rip the ecosystem anchors from their complex moorings. These disruptions will leave no major ecosystem intact.
    For years, I have been mystified why the science is so clear and yet 53% of Wyoming citizens [my home state] still don't see the connections between their extravagant energy use and the melting glaciers of the Wind River Range. This book explains the mystery.
    What a writer! What a book! Last Chance is not just another pessimistic environmental diatribe but an action guide that conveys optimism and direction. Absent from most of the debate on global climate change is hope for our children. LAST CHANCE heralds the hope for our children and a sustainable biosphere. The denizens of denial will realize the truth and power in this book. It is our responsibility to first spread this message as far and as wide as we can.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    Fresh, new perspective on global warming

    This is a very readable explanation of global warming and its impact on all living creatures. Written by Larry Schweiger, who is both a devout Christian and a hunter, Last Chance provides a fresh, new perspective on the subject. Using Biblical quotes, true stories and hard science, Schweiger explains why global warming is the moral imperative of our time. Every bit of science mentioned in the book includes references to scientific studies. Schweiger invites readers to review these other sources of information to verify every fact and conclusion in the book for themselves.

    Anyone wishing to really understand global warming should start with this enjoyable, easy to read and well researched book. It is neither right nor left leaning, but scientific and beautifully heartfelt. If you read it - and especially if you take a little time to verify his conclusions - you will have a solid understanding of the issue, without the politicized garbage politicians and talk show hosts spew on the topic.

    Schweiger quotes Proverbs "A good man [person] leaves an inheritance for our children's children". Last Chance is a must read for anyone who cares about the world we will leave to them.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    LAST CHANCE nip n tuck with DIRTY WATER

    I'm prancing through a succulent murder mystery called DIRTY WATER (featuring an abandoned baby left mysteriously in the Red Sox lockerroom at Fenway). Taking a break to contemplate whodunit, I made the mistake of flipping through a chapter called "On Thin Ice" and then another puckishly, provocatively entitled "What Happens in Greenland Will Not Stay in Greenland" in Larry Schweiger's spanking new, portentous LAST CHANCE. Problem is now I can't put LAST CHANCE down. Schweiger delivers the latest bad news climate science like a punch to the gut, no wonky feints, just the latest convincing, compelling eloquent imperative that we need to get our butts in gear to suppress greenhouse gas emissions PDQ. And he serves up more than attention-riveting hand-wringing by advising what we can do to get out our fix. Schweiger uses his substantial brain, but writes from the gut. LAST CHANCE is a can't-put-down "must-read" for anyone who cares about the future of this fragile planet we hope to pass to our children in some semblance of sustainable health. Now I gotta get back to Big Papi, Youk, Tek, Pap, and Baby Ted Williams.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Excellent read on the impact of politics on scienc

    When a friend asked me, "Yes but what can I do? It's *global* warming, after all," I recommended she read "Last Chance, Preserving Life on Earth." Yes, the title is daunting, but I just finished it, and this book is so readable. The author, Larry J. Schweiger, weaves his life journey through the three major parts of his book, and makes the case based on his own ethics. "Global warming will harm children on the right as well as those on the left," he writes. And then he tells readers what to do about it. "Last Chance" is an excellent contemporary read on the impact of politics on science, all in a human-sized proportion. It's about what's going on at levels greater than the reader, but, even more important, the author gives readers a role to play. We know there are problems, but don't quite know how to respond. This book is a great guide to our personal response to climate change. It includes sections called, "What You Can Do," loaded with practical, do-able actions that anyone - a child, parent or grand-parent -- can take.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A gift for all of us...just in time

    Those of us, who care about the health of the planet and the quality of life for our children and grandchildren, owe Larry Schweiger a deep debt of gratitude. Last Chance is a comprehensive, clear, concise, 200 page jewel of a book. Readers who are well educated on the looming dangers of climate change, as well as those who need to expand their knowledge, will appreciate this work of incredible scope presented in an eminently readable style. In addition, it offers readers practical recommendations on how to get involved and clearly presents the extensive, science based reasons supporting the urgency for action now.Last Chance is an easy yet critical read. We live in an interconnected world, and the many feedback loops illustrated in the book show us the existing evidence of an already changing world and fears about what is to come. Without a doubt, it is time to seize the moment as the planet is teetering so precariously out of balance. I hope everyone will heed Mr. Schweiger's call to action in whatever way they can. Future generations are counting on us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    The clock is ticking

    How much longer can we watch the signs of global warming pile up before we act? That's the question Larry Schweiger addresses in his vital new book. Schweiger does an excellent job of presenting an evidence-based case without getting bogged down in scientific detail. His urgency jumps off the page as he asks readers to "add your voice to this effort in any and every way possible." Will Americans listen?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Our Last Chance for a Sustainable Future

    "It is with our heads that we must think and ponder, while it is with our hearts that we muster courage to act boldly when loved ones are at risk."Larry Schweiger - LAST CHANCELarry Schweiger is a much respected environmental leader. He is known for taking on epic battles. Global climate change is certainly the largest battle of our times. In LAST CHANCE the battle lines are clear - they extend from every human to the systems that sustain life on earth. While the complexity of climatic variables like feedback effects are imperfectly known, climate scientists are overwhelmingly and alarmingly of one mind _ humanity is in trouble. Many of my colleagues in the science community believe it is the scientist's job to report the facts and nothing but the facts. But what is the scientist to do when the preponderance of evidence clearly suggests that the planet is in trouble? Schweiger's book provides the answer. It is time for everyone to act - the scientist, the politician, the consumer, the activist, the parent and every person interested in a sustainable future. It may well be our last chance.I finished reading Larry's book last night. It is the optimum mix of precise science, engaging storytelling, political history, and above all the orbital view required to see the critical interconnections of planetary systems. Lest anyone still believe that global climate change will result in simple sea level rise and more storms in the coastal regions, Larry documents the fundamental disruptions that will rip the ecosystem anchors from their complex moorings. These disruptions will leave no major ecosystem intact.For years, I have been mystified why the science is so clear and yet 53% of Wyoming citizens [my home state] still don't see the connections between their extravagant energy use and the melting glaciers of the Wind River Range. This book explains the mystery.What a writer! What a book! Last Chance is not just another pessimistic environmental diatribe but an action guide that conveys optimism and direction. Absent from most of the debate on global climate change is hope for our children. LAST CHANCE heralds the hope for our children and a sustainable biosphere. The denizens of denial will realize the truth and power in this book. It is our responsibility to first spread this message as far and as wide as we can.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Your kids and grandkids want you to read this book

    Wow. Larry Schweiger makes a complex and important issue easy to digest and an absorbing read. The book is an eye opener about the incredible opportunity that we have today to shape the world for our kids and grandkids. A must read.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

    Excellent read on the impact of politics on science

    When a friend asked me: "Yes but what can I do? It's *global* warming, after all," I recommended she read "Last Chance, Preserving Life on Earth." Yes, the title is daunting, but I just finished it, and this book is so readable.

    The author, Larry J. Schweiger, weaves his life journey through the three major parts of his book, and makes the case based on his own ethics. "Global warming will harm children on the right as well as those on the left," he writes. And then he tells readers what to do about it.

    "Last Chance" is an excellent contemporary read on the impact of politics on science, all in a human-sized proportion. It's about what's going at levels greater than the reader, but, even more important, the author gives readers a role to play. We know there are problems, but don't quite know how to respond. This book is a great guide to our personal response to climate change. It includes sections called, "What You Can Do," loaded with practical, do-able actions that anyone - a child, parent or grand-parent -- can take.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
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    Posted December 20, 2010

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