Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: A Call to Those Who Would Save the Earth

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David Brower, elder statesman of the ecology movement, reflects on his decades of controversial environmental activism as former Sierra Club executive director, and founder of Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute. He recalls the victories and disappointments of the environmental movement, outlines crucial modern battles for the Earth, and points the way forward to the key challenge of the 21st century: restoration.
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David Brower, elder statesman of the ecology movement, reflects on his decades of controversial environmental activism as former Sierra Club executive director, and founder of Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute. He recalls the victories and disappointments of the environmental movement, outlines crucial modern battles for the Earth, and points the way forward to the key challenge of the 21st century: restoration.
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At 82, the "Archdruid" looks back on a half-century of environmental activism and offers his plan for the future. Brower advocates CPR for the earth-conservation, preservation, restoration. Writing with Chapple (Kayaking the Full Moon), Brower (For Earth's Sake) reflects on past errors and successes. He recalls his years as head of the Sierra Club and its battle to save the Grand Canyon. One chapter, Forest Revolution, describes alternatives to wood for papermaking and building materials (it is fitting that this book is printed on tree-free paper; it is made from kenaf, a variety of hibiscus). Another chapter is a reprint of a piece written to celebrate Earth Day 20 years ago- "The Third Planet; Operating Instructions." A charming memoir.
Donna Seaman
Brower, now in his eighties, has attained the rank of elder, and for this accomplishment alone, he deserves to be listened to, but he is also an active, eloquent, and effective environmentalist. Old enough to remember genuine wilderness, clean air, and fish-filled streams, Brower was a mountaineer, the Sierra Club's first executive director, and founder of the Friends of the Earth, experiences he draws upon with considerable wit and passion in this pithy, autobiographical, and engaging call-to-action. With the assistance of coauthor Chapple ("Kayaking the Full Moon", 1993), Brower has written a stirring and easily digestible overview of the state of the earth and the status of the environmental movement in time for the twenty-fifth anniversary of Earth Day. As he discusses the need for ambitious countermeasures to halt the destruction of forests and other habitats, as well as the accelerated extinction of species, Brower suggests that we perform CPR on the earth: conservation, preservation, and restoration. He defines each course of action, offers various reasons for the wishy-washiness of the environmental movement, and exposes the corrupt system of government subsidies for such ecologically and economically unwise industries as cattle ranching, timber, and nuclear power. The "problems" list is long and daunting, but under "solutions," we find encouragement in such marvels as this very book, which is printed on paper made from kenaf, a variety of hibiscus and a real tree-saver. People would sooner destroy life than effect change, but as Brower says, "God and Nature are synonymous," and we "have no right to drive miracles off the Earth."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062520333
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
CPR for the Earth: An Invitation 1
Pt. I Opportunities
Seeing and Remembering 11
Climbing Mountains 20
The Bristolecone Pine 28
Visions of a Wild Century 31
Pt. II Solutions
Havens 41
Cities with Boundaries 47
Eco-Preserves 51
Forest Revolution 61
More Monks 77
Hypercars 80
Pt. III Restoration
A World Restored 91
Making a Difference 99
The CPR Service 108
What Will It Cost? 117
The Cure for What Ails Us 122
Pt. IV Wildness
Where the Wilderness Is 131
Listening to Mountains 135
Rachel Carson's Pelicans 142
Neat Tricks 148
Pt. V Saving the Earth
The Third Planet: Operating Instructions 155
Unwise Misuse 160
Rule Number 6 Revisited 167
Let Heaven and Nature Sing 173
For those Who would Save the Earth 177
Afterword 197
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