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In this important new book on the declining health of one of America's leading environmental treasures, Howard Ernst reveals a Chesapeake bay that has become functionally dead. He argues that the Chesapeake Bay succumbed to a 'light green' environmental movement that has too often adopted a philosophy of compromise over confrontation and that has fueling a 'political dead zone' where political leaders posture but fail to make the hard decisions needed to achieve real improvement in the Bay's health. While blunt in his evaluation of past and present failures to restore the Bay, Ernst believes that there is still time to turn the restoration effort around and sets out new 'dark green' strategies to do so. In the concluding chapter, five long-time bay activists provide first-person accounts of their battles and hopes for the future. Hailed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as 'a must read for anyone concerned about environmental protection,' this challenging book provides a wake-up call for everyone concerned about the future of the Chesapeake Bay and other ecological treasures through out America.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Debunking the Light Green Paradigm Chapter 4 Environmental Conflict: A Clash of Values Chapter 5 Dark Green Environmental Thought Chapter 6 Light Green Environmental Thought Chapter 7 Cornucopian Thought Chapter 8 The Political Dead Zone Chapter 9 Chapter 2: The Polite Politics of Light Green Environmentalism Chapter 10 Environmental Economics 101 Chapter 11 The Long Struggle for Sensible Environmental Management Chapter 12 Recent Developments in Regional Management Chapter 13 A Model of Success or a Model of Deception? Chapter 14 The Sticky Sweet Stuff of Light Green Environmental Promises Chapter 15 Chapter 3: Environmental Journalists, Our Endangered Filter Feeders Chapter 16 Why Environmental Journalism Matters Chapter 17 The State of Journalism in America Chapter 18 The State of Environmental Journalism in America Chapter 19 Understanding the Environmental Beat Chapter 20 Goals of the Environmental Reporter Chapter 21 Elements of Career Success for Environmental Journalists Chapter 22 How Editors View Their Readers Chapter 23 Chapter 4: Environmental Advocacy in the Dead Zone Chapter 24 In Defense of Sacred Places Chapter 25 The Belly of the Beast Chapter 26 The Outside Game Chapter 27 Media Master Chapter 28 The Last Word Chapter 29 Notes Chapter 30 References Chapter 31 Index Chapter 32 About the Authors
What People are Saying About This
Like Paul Revere, Howard Ernst calls us to arms—to rescue our birthright to a clean environment. Our great waterways are 'functionally dead,' he warns, maimed by 'raw greed, political hypocrisy' and well-intentioned but weak-kneed environmentalists. It is time, Ernst declares, to mount a 'dark green' revolution against our 'political dead zone' and reclaim our birthright. And he points the way.
Ernst's new concept—the political dead zone—will change the way people think about environmental politics. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned with environmental protection.
I read with special interest the chapter on environmental journalism, which describes with accuracy and wisdom the dangerous decline of reporting in this area. It's clearly a major reason why progress is so halting and slow when it happens at all.
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