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A Chicken Soup for the Outdoor Soul meets 50 Ways to Save the Planet, this upbeat collection grippingly tells the true stories of how grass roots Davids slew whichever Goliath was threatening their backyard rivers, forests, deserts and coastlines. These sagas, by nature dramatic and highly readable, offer good guys and bad guys, worthy causes and goals, interesting characters, individuals against corporate giants, and best of all, happy endings. Intriguingly, what bonds this bunch together is their common knight in shining funding--the Conservation Alliance, whose credo is "the outdoor industry giving back to the outdoors." This group of seventy-plus companies, from big boys Patagonia and The North Face to smaller, but no less passionate groups, is headed up by Rick Ridgeway, adventurer, photographer, and author who has been called "the real Indiana Jones" by Rolling Stone. His introduction gives a background and a face to this group of corporate do-gooders who in just a decade have given more than 100 grants to preserve and conserve the wilderness for everyone. At the end of the book, a tutorial by writer-activist John Sterling, now at Patagonia, explains how to join or form a grass roots effort to save the wildlands near your own home.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||1 ED|
|Product dimensions:||5.57(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.69(d)|
About the Author
Formerly a nationally-ranked competitive rock climber and ski guide, wilderness advocate and freelance writer Amy Irvine makes her home among the red rock canyons of southern Utah. Her work has appeared in Climbing and Rock and Ice, as well as several anthologies of short stories.
Read an Excerpt
"Scott had never spoken publicly in his life. He was a quiet guy, who split his time between a dek and a boat. And the gathering was daunting; when he arrived at the library the place was elbow to elbow in people. The press was there too.
"In his even-handed, methodical way, Scott told the community about Friends of the Payette and their plans to organize against the North Fork project. But he didn't come at it as an eco-freakready to chain himself to a dam. Instead he blew apart the project's engineering, explaining each of the flaws in its design. He finished by demonstrating how existing dams along the Payette were poorly run and only operating at 50% efficiency. Why not maximize those dams' production rather than putting in yet another project that would greatly affect everyone's enjoyment of the river?"
Table of Contents
(1) Friends of the Payette (2) Friends of the Shawangunks/The Access Fund (3) Tatashenshini Wild (4) Northeast Alliance (5) InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council (6) Tuolumne River Preservation Trust/Clavey River Preservation Coalition (7) Greater Yellowstone Coalition (8) The Nature Conservancy of Utah (9) River Network (10) South Yuba River Citizens League (11) RESTORE: The North Woods (12) Sea Turtle Restoration Project (13) Headwaters Forest Coordinating Committee
What People are Saying About This
Pete Bodo, Outdoors columnist, New York Times
Amy Irvine's book is inspirational reading for the average "green" citizen - an extremely valuable antidote to the nagging, often crippling suspicion that meaningful environmental action proceeds only from Big Government, Big Money or Big Institutions. This book is about Little People ultimately making Big Differences.
Kelly Pyrek, Editor in Chief, Outfitter magazine
To anyone who has ever thought one person can't change the world, I say read Making a Difference. This powerful book chronicles the sacrifices made by individuals who put everything on the line to fight for the preservation of America's wild places. Not only is it a loving tribute to the efforts of these brave outdoor enthusiasts and the organizations that helped to champion their causes, its infectious, lead-by-example message is a call to action many readers won't ignore.
Engaging and inspirational, Making a Difference is a celebration of the fascinating personalities and compelling stories behind grassroots environmental groups and a must-read for anyone who believes a conviction of the heart can move mountains.
James G. Deane, Editor, DEFENDERS Magazine, Defenders of Wildlife
Anyone concerned about the fate of our wildland and wildlife heritage will be cheered by Amy Irvine's lively accounts of the achievements of citizen activists aided by an unusual coalition of outdoors-oriented business enterprises willing to put part of their profits back into conserving that heritage. More power to them!