A Passion for This Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Explore Our Relationship with Nature and the Environment

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Overview

David Suzuki's lifelong work as an environmentalist, naturalist, and scientist have influenced countless others in their fight to save the planet, 20 such devotees of them have contributed to this inspiring collection. These journalists, scientists, writers and environmentalists have taken their enthusiasm for Suzuki's philosophy and funneled it into their own personal recollections, manifestos, and essays: Rick Bass describes his love for the Yaak Valley in Montana; Richard Mabey takes readers to a moonlit May evening in Suffolk; David Helvarg tells us of a stirring seaside memory from his childhood. No matter what journey these writers take us on, the unifying theme of their work is always the same: a deep and abiding love of nature — inspired and shared by David Suzuki.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553653752
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: David Suzuki Foundation Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Bill McKibben McKibben, Bill

Saved by the Sea David Helvarg Helvarg, David 3

The Question Rick Bass Bass, Rick 14

The Old Man on His Back Sharon Butala Butala, Sharon 23

Web around a Tree Adrian Forsyth Forsyth, Adrian 31

The Real Stuff Richard Mabey Mabey, Richard 40

My Credo Helen Caldicott Caldicott, Helen 53

The Ecologist Paul Hawken Hawken, Paul 58

Three Ships Sherilyn MacGregor MacGregor, Sherilyn 76

Confessions of a Former Environmental Skeptic Michael Shermer Shermer, Michael 90

The Mechanical Savior: Nature and the Illusion of Technology Wayne Grady Grady, Wayne 98

Building Backwards Alan Weisman Weisman, Alan 111

Toward a Real Kyoto Protocol Ross Gelbspan Gelbspan, Ross 127

Why We Should Care about the Ocean Heike K. Lotze Lotze, Heike K. Boris Worm Worm, Boris 139

Save the Environment - Take Back the Media Doug Moss Moss, Doug 149

Fools' Paradise Ronald Wright Wright, Ronald 159

Making a Difference Jim Peacock Peacock, Jim Shelly Peers Peers, Shelly 168

Let Every Tongue Speak and Each Heart Feel Carl Safina Safina, Carl 177

The Geography of Hope Thomas Berger Berger, Thomas 189

Early Years with David Suzuki John Lucchesi Lucchesi, John 198

The Wonder of the Natural World Robyn Williams Williams, Robyn 205

Author Biographies 215

Notes 226

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