An inspiring celebration of courageous American innovators who are transforming the way we protect and care for the world we live in.
The environment, and the movement that grew up to protect it, is under attack-concerted and purposeful. Yet the need for solutions to pressing environmental problems grows more urgent each day. Teresa Heinz Kerry and Senator John Kerry traveled across the country in a national campaign to see at first hand how these issues unite people across party and ideological lines. From the San Juan Basin to the Gulf of Mexico to the South Bronx, from mothers on Cape Cod to Colorado ranchers, they found a vibrant coalition of people and communities deploying ingenuity, technology, and sheer will power to save the world they know and love.
Now, in this passionate and personal book, Senator John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry shine the spotlight on an inspiring cross-section of these new environmental pioneers. The book combines intensive research with keenly observed personal experiences to present a portrait of Americans devoted to the natural diversity and spectacular uniqueness of our country. It also includes an extensive guide on where and how readers can get involved.
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About the Author
John Kerry has served four terms as Senator from Massachusetts. As ranking member and Chairman of the Fish and Marine subcommittee, he was able to write or rewrite laws affecting national fisheries, flood insurance, marine mammals, coral reefs, the Gulf of Mexico dead zone and to engage very directly in the battles over global climate change, alternative and renewable fuels and fuel efficiency standards.
Teresa Heinz Kerry is chairman of The Howard Heinz Endowment and the Heinz Family Philanthropies, and a winner of the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal for Humanitarianism for her work protecting the environment, promoting health care and education and uplifting women and children throughout the world.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a heartwarming account of the environmental issues that challenge, not only America, but the world abroad. The book provides inspiring examples of how everyday individuals have made a difference in their local communities or even globally. The book brings up several important points. One such is a long standing principle in science which requires anyone challenging a theory to provide another theory that is equally plausible. In the case of global warming, no such case has been made to replace the current compendium of information that leads scientists to believe in its man-made causes. This is a practice in science that was started with Copernicus when he proposed a heliocentric universe instead of Ptolemy's geocentric theory. Secondly, the idea that the acceptance of global warming is a bad thing is challeneged. Consider that global warming turns out to be false, the changes that the reader is asked to consider could hardly lead to some kind of negative result. The changes, simply put, would help to eliminate our dependence on the oil imported from overseas, keep our lakes, rivers, and oceans free from harmful toxins, and remove dangerous air pollution that leads to increased asthma and other harmful conditions. As someone who lives in a part of the country where the primary source of jobs come from the oil industry and as someone who has personally worked for over four years in the industry myself I have seen firsthand the damage that is done to the environment. Besides the trash left on most oilfield roads and locations, the amount of unreported spills and chemicals leaked into our soil and eventually to our water supplies is alarming. This alone has encouraged me to actively take part in various environmntal organizations such as The Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy. I hope this books will encourage others to leave their fultility thinking behind and start to take part in the issues that will determine the kind of world that our children will inherit.
I could not put this book down. It is a perfect combination of inspiring the reader to do his or her part and providing concrete examples, suggestions, and resources for specific actions one can take. I am in the process of green remodeling a home, and I re-wrote my plan based on what I learned from this book and the resources listed in the appendix.
I was surprisingly inspired by John and Teresa Heinz Kerry's new book, This Moment on Earth. This inspiration snuck up on me around the third chapter. Prior to that, I found the book good, well worth reading, but a little bit like just one more book outlining what humans are doing wrong. Starting around the third chapter I realized I was referring to the book in several conversations and several blog diaries and that several of the people and organizations featured in the book I mentally filed away as worth looking into for future political connections, diaries and general research. In short, almost without my realizing it, John Kerry's book was getting into my brain and inspiring me. The book starts a bit dull but by the end is excellent. The book was billed as the next step in the evolution of the environmental debate. I was ready for a book that took as given the problems and focused primarily on solutions. And, on exactly the same day I started This Moment on Earth I was reading the February 9th issue of Science, America's most respected scientific journal. And in that issue, the scientific community was doing exactly what John Kerry seemed to be proposing...The overwhelming consensus of scientists, as reported in Science, is that anthropogenic (human-caused) warming is happening and the most optimistic scenarios are not the most likely scenarios. We are in for a rough ride and the time is now to accept the problem and move on to solutions. Shift the debate, people. Let's talk what to DO ABOUT IT. I was ready for John Kerry's book to carry the same theme...it is time to take as given the problem and move on to solutions. That isn't quite what I got. And at first I was disappointed. As I read the first two chapters I felt I was reading yet another book that outlined the problem with perhaps a little more emphasis placed on solutions and how individuals and small groups are empowering themselves to fight back. But by the third chapter I found I was taking the most notice of exactly what the Kerrys WANTED me to notice the most: the people who are fighting back. I think it was the case of Majora Carter and Sustainable South Bronx that finally made me realize that this book was inspiring me because I immediately decided she'd be perfect as an invited speaker for a political group I am involved with. The example of Riverkeeper, where ex-marines decided to patrol our nation's waterways to protect them from polluters, was another 'wow' moment. Even radio personality Don Imus and his wife, Deidre, come off inspiring in This Moment on Earth, something I never imagined I'd say. And Chapter 7, discussing energy policy, is the best chapter, showing how right here and now, using existing technology, the city of Portland, OR, as well as companies like Texas Instruments and DuPont are doing EXACTLY what needs to be done to reduce carbon emissions...and doing it while creating jobs and saving money. Chapter 7 shows us that there remain NO EXCUSES for America to continue to avoid taking a leadership role in stopping global warming. All that we lack...is the political leadership on a national level. Kerry shows us that locally there has been considerable leadership by both Democrats and Republicans. But nationally Bush has led us down a path that leads nowhere and that has ceded economic ingenuity to other nations. Put all this together and you may not have the next step in the evolution of the environmental debate, but you certainly have one more important step forward and one that might have a wider appeal than previous books in this genre. [...]
John Kerry is a outstanding man! Who cares about the envierment and people around it. If you care about this world you will read his book.