If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Save the Earth (Revised and updated) by Helen Caldicott
“Helen Caldicott has the rare ability to combine science with passion, logic with love, and urgency with humor.” —Naomi KleinFrom the leader and spokeswoman of the antinuclear movement comes a revised and updated edition of this groundbreaking, widely acclaimed classic. Exploring dangerous global trends such as ozone depletion, global warming, toxic pollution, food contamination, and deforestation, Helen Caldicott presents a picture of our world and the forces that threaten its existence. As always, she gives a prescription for a cure and cause for hope, rallying readers to action with the contention that our fight for the planet will draw its strength from love for the Earth itself.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
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About the Author
Helen Caldicott is an internationally recognized antinuclear activist, cofounder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and founder of the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament and the International Physicians to Save the Environment. She lives in Australia.
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If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ran after him.
From the title she picked for this book, to the language and style she has used, Caldicott succeeds in putting her thoughts to paper and stimulates the reader with very simple language. She explains scientifically and medically the greenhouse effect, ozone depletion, deforestation, species extinction, toxic chemical pollution, nuclear waste, food contamination and the threat of nuclear war. I am sure most readers will find her explanations of what they are how they are caused and their consequences easy to understand. Perhaps the reason for this is because she views the earth like she would a patient, seeing that her vocation is medicine. She wrote to the U. S. President about the cold war and the antiballistic - Treaty and was convinced that he used part of her letter in his inaugural address. She wrote another letter this time to Senator Kennedy regarding her concerns about the nuclear war and the importance of the ABM Treaty, he replied, and this motivated her to go back to her country of origin, Australia to see whether she could help improve the conditions there. Her first undertaking was to inform and educate local people in her city about the nuclear testing being done by the French, and was creating radioactive fallout in their neighborhood. She had become an activist. She has approached this book as doctor would a patient. It is therefore divided into four main sections: a) description of signs and symptoms b) diagnosis c) discussion of causes of the illess d) prescription for a cure. In the first section, Caldicott goes into great detail into what she called 'signs and symptoms.' This section is made up of the first five chapters and describes ozone depletion and the greenhouse effect. She then details how the atmosphere is being degraded with chemicals like CFC and gives alternatives to chemical producing agents, and compares trees to lungs. A chart showing chemical accidents that have occurred since 1959 has been included to further illustrate the contamination of the earth's atmosphere. The next section 'diagnosis' is about overpopulation, and how it can be controlled. The writer points out how the human species is suffocating the other thirty million species by over populating the world. 'Etiology' is the title of section three. It covers three chapters and speaks about how first world countries have food in abundance while third world countries are suffering from lack of it. This section covers the power of the U.S. media, and how it could be used as a tool to educate the rest of the world. The fourth and last section is on ' prescription and cure.' As she has done in the other chapters, there are suggestions on how we could save this planet, by doing what a good doctor does for his/her patient, looking for ways to cure them. A truly inspiring, well written and informative 'little' book.