Wisdom for a Livable Planet: The Visionary Work of Terri Swearingen, Dave Foreman, Wes Jackson, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Werner Forn [NOOK Book]

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The author profiles the work of eight visionaries who have dedicated their lives to various environmental issues. Each story provides a portrait of an individual's valiant and inspiring campaign to improve the conditions for life on our planet. Taken together, the work of these people points the way toward creating an ecologically centered civilization in which a brighter future for all life, including human, is possible.
*Terri Swearingen takes on one of the world's largest ...
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Wisdom for a Livable Planet: The Visionary Work of Terri Swearingen, Dave Foreman, Wes Jackson, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Werner Forn

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Overview

The author profiles the work of eight visionaries who have dedicated their lives to various environmental issues. Each story provides a portrait of an individual's valiant and inspiring campaign to improve the conditions for life on our planet. Taken together, the work of these people points the way toward creating an ecologically centered civilization in which a brighter future for all life, including human, is possible.
*Terri Swearingen takes on one of the world's largest hazardous waste incinerators burning toxic waste next door to an elementary school.
*Stephen Schneider establishes the scientific basis for climate change
*Herman Daly advocates a dynamic steady-state economy that respects the laws of nature and human behavior.
*David Orr champions educational reform to make universities a place where students learn how to be environmentally aware citizens
*Werner Fornos works toward empowering every person with the knowledge and means to decide when and how many children to have
*Helena Norberg-Hodge champions local living with appropriate technologies to enhance our spiritual and ecological well-being.
*Wes Jackson promotes sustainable agriculture based on local ecology and community values
*Dave Foreman leads the effort to rewild almost half of North America with wolves, mountain lions, jaguars, falcons, and others to restore functional ecosystems and preserve biodiversity
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595341037
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,223,140
  • File size: 2 MB

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Carl N. McDaniel
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Carl N. McDaniel is co-author, with John M. Gowdy, of PARADISE FOR SALE: A PARABLE OF NATURE (University of California, 2000). He teaches biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and lives in Troy, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2005

    Important book

    'Wisdom for a Livable Planet' highlights the incredible environmental contributions of eight people in various fields. It gives a sense of the breadth of environmentalism today, while uniting all eight of the book's subjects in their resolve to fight against the overwhelming forces of anti-environmentalism found in our political and academic institutions today. Why is it so hard to fight to protect our planet? Because most of us see everything through the filter of economics which treats the environment as a commodity. Until leaders (political, educational, and spiritual) understand the importance of defending our environment, until they spread the word of living within the context of our environment, we are doomed to destroy ourselves. Those leaders could start by educating themselves with this book. I think everyone should read it. I even donated a copy to my local library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    If you love this planet...

    The grandest challenge of all grand challenges since the beginning of humankind will take place in this next century, the race to save the Earth and all of its inhabitants from the destructive ways of human beings; the race to save ourselves from ourselves. To succeed, a sea change will have to take place in our collective consciousness. All that we once believed was good -- growth, luxury, prosperity -- will need to be revealed for the poisoned apples they are. We are so far from this revelation, indeed, it seems at times we are fanning the flames of our own funeral pyre, that salvation seems far- fetched and hopeless, until you read McDaniel's book. Turn the pages and you will see, planetary consciousness has begun and there are heroic figures leading the way. McDaniel profiles eight of them. The world and members of our Congress see these people as fanatical left-wing extemists and 'tree huggers', much like the prevailing public opinions of Martin Luther, Galileo, the Abolitionists, the Suffragettes and Martin Luther King, in their respective historical settings. There is a glimpse of hope in the natural human tendency to seek out and latch onto a heroic figure in times of crisis. Peek through the eyes of McDaniel's eight visionaries and see a worldview for planetary survival.

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