A Voice for Earth: American Writers Respond to the Earth Charter

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A Voice for Earth is a collection of poems, essays, and stories that together give a voice to the ethical principles outlined in the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter was adopted in the year 2000 with the mission of addressing the economic, social, political, spiritual, and environmental problems confronting the world in the twenty-first century.

Part 1 of the book, "Imagination into Principle," comprises Steven C. Rockefeller's behind-the-scenes summary of how the language for the Earth Charter was drafted. In part 2, "Principle into Imagination," ten writers breathe life into its concepts with their own original work. Contributors include Rick Bass, Alison Hawthorne Deming, John Lane, Robert Michael Pyle, Janisse Ray, Scott Russell Sanders, Lauret Savoy, and Mary Evelyn Tucker. In part 3, "Imagination and Principle into a New Ethic," Leonardo Boff offers a new paradigm created through reflecting on the concept of care in the Earth Charter.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Some of our finest writers here make vivid and real the aspirations embodied in the Earth Charter. Efforts like this are our best hope for the future—across national borders, but also across borders of mind and heart."--Bill McKibben, author of The Bill McKibben Reader

"The Earth Charter, arising from and inspired by the interconnectedness of all elements of our existence, is an urgent and essential concept in these times—indispensable, in fact, if 'our land and life,' as the Hopi call it, is to survive. A Voice for Earth is a wonderful compilation of responses to the challenges the Charter represents and extremely valuable on that account."--Peter Matthiessen, author of End of the Earth

"Readers will find here a wealth of insightful views on the ways in which the Earth Charter can re-enchant our imagination and re-engage our ethical and moral values. This timely book is a significant contribution to the creation of a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world."--Mirian Vilela, Executive Director, Earth Charter Initiative

“A collective call for a change of heart that will carry us forward.”--Terry Tempest Williams, from her foreword

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820332116
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,309,295
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Blaze Corcoran is a professor of environmental studies and environmental education and director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is editor of The Earth Charter in Action: Toward a Sustainable World. A. James Wohlpart is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University; he serves as the associate director of the center.
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Table of Contents


Foreword: The Rights of Nature Homero Aridjis Aridjis, Homero

Foreword: Taking the Globe to Our Bosom Terry Tempest Williams Williams, Terry Tempest

Introduction A. James Wohlpart Wohlpart, A. James Peter Blaze Corcoran Corcoran, Peter Blaze

Imagination into Principle

Crafting Principles for the Earth Charter Steven C. Rockefeller Rockefeller, Steven C. 3

The Earth Charter 24

Principle into Imagination: Literary Responses to the Earth Charter

Owning the Imperatives: A Poem for the Earth Charter Alison Hawthorne Deming Deming, Alison Hawthorne 37

Learning to See the Stars: The Earth Charter as a Compass for the New Century Mary Evelyn Tucker Tucker, Mary Evelyn 40

Remembering the Ancient Path: The Original Instructions and the Earth Charter Chief Jake Swamp Swamp, Chief Jake 54

Lake Conestee John Lane Lane, John 61

Restoration: A Plan Rick Bass Bass, Rick 68

Wilderness as a Sabbath for the Land Scott Russell Sanders Sanders, Scott Russell 80

Who Robert Michael Pyle Pyle, Robert Michael 90

Broad Water, Distant Land Stuart Ching Ching, Stuart 92

Possibility Begins Here Lauret Savoy Savoy, Lauret 107

Hope for Democracy Janisse Ray Ray, Janisse 113

Imagination and Principle into a New Ethic

The Ethic of Care Leonardo Boff Boff, Leonardo translated by Philip Berryman 129

Afterword Kamla Chowdhry Chowdhry, Kamla 146

Contributors 149

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