The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love

The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love

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by Jane Goodall, Marc Bekoff
     
 

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Now in paperback–the ten things we must do to ensure a safe and peaceful world, from legendary environmentalist Jane Goodall and brilliant animal behaviorist, Marc Bekoff.

Combining her life's work living among the chimpanzees with her spiritual perspective on the relationship between humans and animals, legendary behavioral scientist Jane Goodall sets

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Now in paperback–the ten things we must do to ensure a safe and peaceful world, from legendary environmentalist Jane Goodall and brilliant animal behaviorist, Marc Bekoff.

Combining her life's work living among the chimpanzees with her spiritual perspective on the relationship between humans and animals, legendary behavioral scientist Jane Goodall sets forth ten trusts that we as humans have as custodians of the planet:

1. Respect all life

2. Live as part of the Animal Kingdom

3. Educate our children to respect animals

4. Treat animals as you would like to be treated

5. Be a steward

6. Value the sounds of nature and help preserve them

7. Do not harm life in order to learn about it

8. Have the courage of your convictions

9. Act knowing that your actions make a difference

10. Act knowing that you are not alone.

Filled with inspirational stories, The Ten Trusts provides lessons Jane Goodall has learned from a lifetime of experience, with the warmth and emotion her readers have come to expect from her. Marc Bekoff, cofounder of the Roots and Shoots program with Jane, also contributes his profound insights and research, which Jane has come to rely on. Together, they share their hope and vision for humanity and all the earth's creatures, distilled into ten eloquent spiritual lessons. Within these ten trusts, Goodall reveals how we can gain true enlightenment by living in harmony with the animal kingdom and honoring the interconnection between all species.

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Editorial Reviews

Peter Singer
“A wonderful mix of science and ethics that deserves the widest audience. Goodall and Bekoff are a marvellous team.”
Allen M. Schoen
“A powerful paradigm for the twenty-first century. Read it and be part of the healing of our planet!”
Huston Smith
“Ten commandments for the future of advanced life of our planet...these too deserve to be chiseled on stone.”
Terry Tempest Williams
“A powerful credo of compassion. May it stand alongside The Earth Charter as a revolutionary text for this century.”
Brenda Peterson
“The Ten Trusts weaves together science, ethics, and vivid storytelling to inspire us. A beautiful and heart-stirring book.”
Bill McKibben
“Jane Goodall, with customary good sense and wisdom, reminds us of the tenderness we owe towards all of creation.”
Publishers Weekly
Goodall (My Life with Chimpanzees; Reason for Hope) and Bekoff, a biology professor at the Univ. of Colorado, offer a prescriptive conservation plan designed to protect animals as well as help educate people about the importance of saving both animals and the environment. The authors, who have also worked on Roots & Shoots, an international service program for young people, explain their position by including personal recollections and statistical evidence. Their position that people have chosen to destroy both animals and habitats and will continue to do so unless they radically change their behavior is stressed throughout the book: "It is sad to have to put a monetary value on the wilderness and on animal species. But until the wealthy nations can agree to pay an annual `rent' on huge areas of land, it seems likely that governments in the developing world will exploit their natural resources in any way they can...." The steps to action, including "Praise and Help Those Who Work For Animals and the Natural World" and "Value and Help Preserve the Sounds of Nature," are sound. For example, having children work with animal protection programs has already been successfully tried. Suggesting that kids "adopt" animal programs by making monetary donations is also practical. The book is particularly likely to interest people already active in environmental causes. (Oct.) Forecast: Given Goodall's reputation along with the 75,000 first printing, national advertising, a 15-city NPR tour along with lectures, initial sales are likely to be strong. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This inspiring book brings together two notables of the animal welfare movement-primatologist Goodall and animal behaviorist Bekoff, who coedited the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare-for the first and, one hopes, not the last time. The result of their labor is a gift to those who care about the environment, animals, and people. How many readers have thought, "I care about environmental issues, but what can I do? My contribution would be a drop in the bucket." The authors answer that questions with their ten trusts, e.g., "Teach our children to respect and love nature" and "Praise and help those who work for animals and the natural world," which one can use as a personal action plan. For instance, in their discussion of the trust "Respect all life," the authors point out that while it was once necessary for humans to wear furs to survive, today it is a needless and thoughtless act perpetuated by fashion designers. Readers are encouraged to examine the facts in such cases and make some life choices. This book will be popular wherever there is an interest in animals and the environment.-Peggie Partello, Keene State Coll. Lib., NH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Hiking through the mountains of Colorado, Bekoff found inspiration for a series of exhortations that he and Goodall believe would drastically improve all animal life (humans included) if enough people took action. Among the 10 trusts are "Rejoice that we are part of the animal kingdom"; "Refrain from harming life in order to learn about it"; and "Have the courage of our convictions." A blend of anecdotes and scientific data illustrates why each trust is important. Informal in style, the book leisurely goes back and forth between authors, creating a conversational feel that works nicely. Plenty of primate stories from Goodall are intermingled with dog tales from canine-loving Bekoff. Particularly riveting are his accounts of his personal involvement with animal experiments. Along with what is cited in the text, the section on sources includes more than a dozen pages of books, articles, and Web sites. Here, readers who are already familiar with animal-rights issues will find fuel for their fire, and those who are not are likely to experience an awakening. Without a doubt, Goodall and Bekoff are very good at tugging at the heartstrings while feeding the mind. Eco-warriors will adore this one.-Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060556112
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/21/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
583,074
Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.52(d)

What People are saying about this

Peter Singer
“A wonderful mix of science and ethics that deserves the widest audience. Goodall and Bekoff are a marvellous team.”
Brenda Peterson
“The Ten Trusts weaves together science, ethics, and vivid storytelling to inspire us. A beautiful and heart-stirring book.”
Huston Smith
“Ten commandments for the future of advanced life of our planet...these too deserve to be chiseled on stone.”
Allen M. Schoen
“A powerful paradigm for the twenty-first century. Read it and be part of the healing of our planet!”
Terry Tempest Williams
“A powerful credo of compassion. May it stand alongside The Earth Charter as a revolutionary text for this century.”
Bill McKibben
“Jane Goodall, with customary good sense and wisdom, reminds us of the tenderness we owe towards all of creation.”

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