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The environment, and the movement that grew up to protect it, is under attack-concerted and purposeful. Yet the need for solutions to pressing environmental problems grows more urgent each day. Teresa Heinz Kerry and Senator John Kerry traveled across the country in a national campaign to see at first hand how these issues unite people across ...
The environment, and the movement that grew up to protect it, is under attack-concerted and purposeful. Yet the need for solutions to pressing environmental problems grows more urgent each day. Teresa Heinz Kerry and Senator John Kerry traveled across the country in a national campaign to see at first hand how these issues unite people across party and ideological lines. From the San Juan Basin to the Gulf of Mexico to the South Bronx, from mothers on Cape Cod to Colorado ranchers, they found a vibrant coalition of people and communities deploying ingenuity, technology, and sheer will power to save the world they know and love.
Now, in this passionate and personal book, Senator John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry shine the spotlight on an inspiring cross-section of these new environmental pioneers. The book combines intensive research with keenly observed personal experiences to present a portrait of Americans devoted to the natural diversity and spectacular uniqueness of our country. It also includes an extensive guide on where and how readers can get involved.
Environmentalism isn't dead; it's just being reborn," declares the Massachusetts senator and his philanthropist wife. The individuals and groups that the couple profile embody a no-nonsense spunk that defies tired old tree-hugger stereotypes. Deirdre Imus, a children's health advocate and wife of recently dethroned radio personality Don Imus, successfully pressured public schools in the New York City area to switch to nontoxic janitorial products. An apple grower in Washington State forced industrial dairy farms in her community to stop contaminating the water supply with fecal waste, while residents of Louisiana formed "bucket brigades" to test air quality in their towns. The citizen success stories, especially as voiced by three-time Audie winner Dick Hill, never fail to inspire, but unfortunately the authors veer into conventional public policy polemics just when their grassroots journey begins to hit its stride. Granted, their conclusions about failed leadership in the current political climate stand on solid scientific ground, but a little more focus might have rendered a more cohesive listening experience. Simultaneous release with the Public Affairs hardcover(Apr.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Posted March 23, 2009
This is a heartwarming account of the environmental issues that challenge, not only America, but the world abroad. The book provides inspiring examples of how everyday individuals have made a difference in their local communities or even globally.
The book brings up several important points. One such is a long standing principle in science which requires anyone challenging a theory to provide another theory that is equally plausible. In the case of global warming, no such case has been made to replace the current compendium of information that leads scientists to believe in its man-made causes. This is a practice in science that was started with Copernicus when he proposed a heliocentric universe instead of Ptolemy's geocentric theory.
Secondly, the idea that the acceptance of global warming is a bad thing is challeneged. Consider that global warming turns out to be false, the changes that the reader is asked to consider could hardly lead to some kind of negative result. The changes, simply put, would help to eliminate our dependence on the oil imported from overseas, keep our lakes, rivers, and oceans free from harmful toxins, and remove dangerous air pollution that leads to increased asthma and other harmful conditions.
As someone who lives in a part of the country where the primary source of jobs come from the oil industry and as someone who has personally worked for over four years in the industry myself I have seen firsthand the damage that is done to the environment. Besides the trash left on most oilfield roads and locations, the amount of unreported spills and chemicals leaked into our soil and eventually to our water supplies is alarming. This alone has encouraged me to actively take part in various environmntal organizations such as The Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy. I hope this books will encourage others to leave their fultility thinking behind and start to take part in the issues that will determine the kind of world that our children will inherit.
Posted December 18, 2008
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