From the president and CEO of the Appalachian Mountain Club comes an astounding comprehensive plan to save our planet, make the outdoors the epicenter of our communities, and commit to an active outdoor lifestyle.
In The Outdoor Citizen, John Judge coins the term “Outdoor Citizen” as he delivers an urgent call to action and a remarkably persuasive argument for why we must all become citizens of the natural world, reconnecting with life's most essential foundation, nature, and defending it, embracing it, and advocating for it.
Judge, an international leader in conservation stewardship, covers such topics as how to turn our cities into Outdoor Cities, with a wide range of green spaces, outdoor recreation activities, eco-friendly transportation, and sustainable food sources; how to globally transition to green energy sources; what environmental policies must be implemented and how to enact them; and how to fund a sustainable economy.
At a time when we are facing an unprecedented climate crisis, the continued use of carbon emissions will lead to devastating, irreversible effects on the earth. This unique and riveting volume, brimming with expert advice and case studies, is unparalleled—a game-changer for saving our planet and an entry point into a world of healthier and happier people.
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About the Author
John Judge is president and chief executive officer of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), which was founded in 1876 and is the oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization in the United States. He is an internationally renowned advocate for connecting people with the outdoors, conservation stewardship, and advancing the outdoor economy, and since 2012 has led AMC’s sustainable growth. He oversees the AMC community of hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts, program participants, conservation advocates, members, volunteers, and overnight guests. Prior to working at AMC, Judge served as chief planning and economic development officer for Springfield, Massachusetts, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, and in a variety of nonprofit leadership roles. Judge is a graduate of Stonehill College and the Harvard Kennedy School. He lives in Boston, MA.
Table of Contents
Embarking on an Outdoor Journey
- The Outdoor City
- Fitness and Food
- Changing Our Energy Model
- The Next Ecology and Digital Ecosystems
- Outdoor Policy and the Outdoor Economy
- Funding the Outdoor City
- The Outdoor Global Economy
Afterword: Stepping Up, Stepping Out
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