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Loving this Planet: Leading Thinkers Talk About How to Make a Better World
     

Loving this Planet: Leading Thinkers Talk About How to Make a Better World

by Helen Caldicott (Editor)
 

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Ever since quitting her job teaching pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Helen Caldicott has worked tirelessly for a safe, sustainable, nuclear-free planet, most recently by hosting a weekly radio show featuring leading environmentalists and change-makers from around the globe.

Here is Caldicott-whom Meryl Streep has called "my inspiration to speak out"-in

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Ever since quitting her job teaching pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Helen Caldicott has worked tirelessly for a safe, sustainable, nuclear-free planet, most recently by hosting a weekly radio show featuring leading environmentalists and change-makers from around the globe.

Here is Caldicott-whom Meryl Streep has called "my inspiration to speak out"-in conversation with some of the most brilliant thinkers and inspiring advocates of our time. These thoughtful and often gripping discussions explore everything from our unsustainable dependence, sea-level rise, nuclear arms, and cell phone radiation. Extending well beyond the scope of conventional environmental discourse, this stirring book lets us listen in on Dr. Caldicott's unforgettable exchanges with, among others, Martin Sheen (on grassroots movements and unionized labor), Chris Hedges (on the true cost of standing on your morals), and award-winning actress Lily Tomlin (on contemporary politics, in a sarcastic and witty exchange that is at once hilarious and provocative).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Caldicott (Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer), a physician and environmental advocate, addresses urgent global challenges in a series of interviews adapted from her weekly radio show, If You Love This Planet. The book is a treasure trove of anecdotes featuring high-profile politicians, academics, and celebrities, including Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Bob Herbert, and Lester Brown. Caldicott tells Sheen of visiting President Ronald Reagan in a downstairs library at the White House and explaining the scientific complexities of nuclear weapons with regards to their impact on humans and the Earth, after which she “quickly established a doctor-patient relationship with him.” Alongside the celebrity sightings runs the thread of a growing urgency to change our energy, environmental, and military policies in the United States and on a global scale. Surprising statistics about nuclear waste storage, rising sea levels, and military spending serve as an alarm, but Caldicott and her collaborators also offer many innovative solutions. Though Caldicott’s extensive expertise in this area can sometimes hinder her interviewing skills (she sometimes asks leading questions and stays within her own realm of experience), the book is an informative and powerful motivator for change. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Sept.)
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"The book is a treasure trove of anecdotes featuring high-profile politicians, academics, and celebrities, including Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Bob Herbert, and Lester Brown. . . .Alongside the celebrity sightings runs the thread of a growing urgency to change our energy, environmental, and military policies in the United States and on a global scale. Surprising statistics about nuclear waste storage, rising sea levels, and military spending serve as an alarm, but Caldicott and her collaborators also offer many innovative solutions."
Publishers Weekly

“Without fail, Caldicott asks thoughtful, deeply nuanced questions, and her subjects respond with intense and often personal reflections on many important issues. With a level of intellectual discussion all too absent in our national discourse, this is a worthy collection that educates with each turn of the page.”
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Kirkus Reviews
Activist and environmentalist Caldicott (Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, 2006, etc.) publishes 25 transcripts of the interviews she conducts on her regular radio show. Those selected include celebrities (Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen), academic researchers (Michael Klare and Vini Gautam Khurana) and activists and think-tankers (Lester Brown and Bill McKibben). Some of the selections analyze different aspects of the nuclear issue, whether military or industrial; environmental lawyer Diane Curran characterizes the industry as the "prodigal son of the weapons industry…totally paid for, a socialized industry." Toxicologist Janette Sherman-Nevinger provides a major service tracking down, translating for publication and editing non-English language source material on the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Equally well done is photographer Carole Gallagher's contribution on nuclear testing in Nevada and the effects of fallout and radiation on the population "down-wind." Like other contributors--e.g., Curran and film director Michael Madsen--Gallagher draws attention to the long-term consequences of nuclear byproducts. It is thus disappointing to find continuing alarmist attention to evacuation planning related to New Hampshire's Seabrook reactor and no discussion of the matter of decommissioning such aging facilities. Khurana's research on electromagnetic radiation and cellphones is both interesting and frightening, and Chris Hedges, fired from the New York Times because of his opposition to the second Iraq War, talks about his views on war and the principles on which he tries to base his life. There are also contributions on deforestation, land use and alternate energy policy. A nice--but not necessary--collector's item and reference work for readers of a specific bent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595588067
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,377,270
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author


Lannan Award winner Dr. Helen Caldicott is a co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and was named one of the most influential women of the twentieth century by the Smithsonian Institute. She is the author of numerous books, including Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer (The New Press). She lives in Australia.

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