Taking Back Eden: Eight Environmental Cases that Changed the World

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Taking Back Eden is the saga of an idea - that ordinary people can go to court to defend their environment - told through lawsuits brought in eight countries around the world. Starting in the United States, this idea has traveled the planet at warp speed, carrying protections for threatened environments and new notions of justice and democracy as well. Author Oliver Houck describes the sites at issue in their place and time, the project promoters, the people who rose up against them, their lawyers, strategies, ...

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Overview

Taking Back Eden is the saga of an idea - that ordinary people can go to court to defend their environment - told through lawsuits brought in eight countries around the world. Starting in the United States, this idea has traveled the planet at warp speed, carrying protections for threatened environments and new notions of justice and democracy as well. Author Oliver Houck describes the sites at issue in their place and time, the project promoters, the people who rose up against them, their lawyers, strategies, obstacles, setbacks, and victories.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"This modest volume poisnantly reminds the reader that environmental policy change is achieved not merely by amassing scientific evidence or lobbying for new laws, but by protest that eventually finds its way into courts of law...very useful and readable volume... recommended."

The Midwest Book Review

"Taking Back Eden is a must read for any who want to best understand the world of law and nature."
Choice

"This modest volume poisnantly reminds the reader that environmental policy change is achieved not merely by amassing scientific evidence or lobbying for new laws, but by protest that eventually finds its way into courts of law...very useful and readable volume... recommended."

author of Earth Odyssey: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future - Mark Hertsgaard

“Oliver Houck is a most unusual law professor: he writes with wit and even humor but also great brilliance and compassion. Read him and learn.”
Foreign Affairs

"Interesting and well-written book."

The Midwest Book Review

"Taking Back Eden is a must read for any who want to best understand the world of law and nature."

Mother Nature Network

"Worthwhile read."

Mother Nature Network

"Worthwhile read."
Foreign Affairs

"Interesting and well-written book."
Midwest Book Review

"Taking Back Eden is a must read for any who want to best understand the world of law and nature."
CHOICE

"This modest volume poignantly reminds the reader that environmental policy change is achieved not merely by amassing scientific evidence or lobbying for new laws, but by protest that eventually finds its way into courts of law...very useful and readable volume... recommended."
Professor and former Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies - James Gustave Speth

"A great read, and a highly instructive one. No one but Professor Houck could tell so well this story of environmental litigation's path across the globe. Individually, these turning points in environmental history are fascinating and inspiring; collectively, they reveal patterns of great significance."
Bullitt Foundation President, National Coordinator of the first Earth Day - Denis Hayes

"Who would have guessed that one of the most fascinating books of the year would be a discussion of environmental lawsuits from around the world? Oliver Houck uses this scaffolding to offer a stimulating flood of insights about cultures as diverse as Russia, Japan, and India, explaining how a handful of landmark cases have fundamentally changed the way the nations operate. As a bonus, Taking Back Eden is gracefully written, and it's stocked with some of the most interesting characters you will find in non-fiction."
Stimson Bullitt Professor of Environmental Law, University of Washington - William H. Rodgers

"This book could only have been written by environmental law's greatest story teller—a synthesis of opportunity, courage, slapdash enthusiasm—a relentless pursuit of good law by well motivated people."
former U.S. Secretary of the Interior - Bruce Babbitt

"Oliver Houck, lawyer, teacher and writer, is graced with poetic imagination, a love of history, and a knack for winning environmental lawsuits. These inspirational stories show us how ordinary citizens and their lawyers can change the world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597266475
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 235
  • Sales rank: 1,472,832
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Oliver Houck is professor of law at Tulane University, where he has received several teaching awards. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Environmental Section of the American Bar Association. He is author of a book on the Clean Water Act, editor of Environmental Law Stories, and wrote the foreword to Biodiversity and the Law.
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Table of Contents

Introduction The Awakening 1

Ch. 1 Storm King 7

Ch. 2 Nikko Taro 23

Ch. 3 Minors Oposa 43

Ch. 4 Great Whale 61

Ch. 5 Taj Mahal 89

Ch. 6 Lenin's Trees 111

Ch. 7 Acheloos 131

Ch. 8 Trillium 151

Reflections 175

Acknowledgments 179

Notes 183

Index 229

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