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Product Details

  • Series: The World As Home
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions (August 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571312641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571312648
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,697,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yoking an activist desire to influence the debate surrounding proposed oil exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the rapid publication now possible with e-book technology, Alaska residents Lentfer and Servid solicited, compiled and completed this powerful collection of 31 essays, letters and poems in eight weeks. The contributors, who range "from global leaders to nomadic hunters," attest to the ecological diversity and spiritual sanctity of the 18 million-acre wilderness, home to caribou, bears, wolves, eagles, wolverines, foxes and ravens, and the 15 villages of the Gwich'in Indians. The most piercing entries range from a brief, plainspoken "Letter to the President" by conservationist Margaret Murie (whose efforts led to the formation of the refuge in 1960) to the hope of a Gwich'in woman, Faith Gemmill, that her children will take their sustenance from the caribou and "listen to traditional teachings in their own traditional language," as she has. Wildlife biologist Bill Sherwonit lyrically describes the habits of pregnant polar bears, while Bill McKibben warns that an "oil spill may not happen in [the Refuge], but it will definitely happen in the atmosphere" when any extracted oil is burned, and Barry Lopez eloquently suggests that we must reign in the adolescent impulses that fuel our consumer economy if we are to solve the dilemmas posed by our ravenous oil consumption.joint effort with the Alaska Wilderness League, this e-book precedes a trade edition coming in June (Milkweed, $15 paper ISBN 1-57131-264-1).n

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles M. Nobles VINE VOICE on August 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
The president and vice-president along with the House of Representatives and a host of unindicted co-conspirators in the oil industry have proposed to explore and drill in a pristine 1.5 million-acre coastal plain in northeast Alaska. It is the calving grounds for the Porcupine River caribou head; a critical onshore polar bear denning area; one of the last available ranges for wolves, numerous fish and other wildlife and, as importantly, home to the Gwich'in Indian tribe which depends on the caribou for food, clothing and spiritual needs. This area has been described as the biological heart of the Arctic Refuge. The book is a collection of essays dealing with the dangers of drilling in ANWR written by some of the best and brightest individuals addressing the issue. There are radicals and prgmatists, advocates and experts, wildlife biologists, Native Americans, environmentalists, and former workers in the Alaskan oil industry. Contributors include Jimmy Carter, Barry Lopez, Rick Bass, WEndell Berry, Bill McKibben, Art Davidson and 25 other thinkers and doers that will make you wonder about not only this proposal but our so-called energy policy in the U.S. Jimmy Carter gives a presidentail perspective on the importance of preserving the Refuge which was created under republican president Eisenhower in 1960. R. Glendon Brunk writes of his experiences working on the north slope and tells of the effects of such oil exploration and drilling on the environment which is chilling and perhaps prophetic for ANWR. Faith Gemmill has a moving essay on the religious importance of the caribou to the Gwich'in Tribe and culture. I will not soon forget Sarah James recounting of British Petroleum's sensitivity to the Gwich'in tribes concerns: "It is inevitable that these Gwich'in people will have to change.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Goldman on December 16, 2008
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This book is a collection of short essays written by a wide variety of folks in response to the threat of oil development in the Refuge. The idea was to package up a bunch of statements against drilling or in praise of the wilderness value of the Refuge and present the collection to Congress. Perhaps this collection of essays has some historical value, but it has not aged well. Instead, I mostly found it worthless. A number of essays were written by people who have never been to the Refuge, and most of them are filled with redundant preachiness and philosophizing. Don't waste your time with this book. Not recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cather-lover on December 2, 2001
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For those of us who are passionate about saving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this book presents our best arguements -the stories are from the heart and the mind, and address so eloquently the importance of the fight we are waging. For those who are unsure about the current fight over oil exploration and oil drilling this is a must read - the words here explain why there is no such thing as safe oil drilling because it is the human imprinting that will destroy this sanctuary. Buy the book for friends and use it to encourage support for the continued protection of "America's Serengeti."
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I received this book at an enviromental meeting. Then I pulled up pictures of the Arctic Refuge,beautiful, remote area almost otherworldly. This is all so controversial. What is right? What is wrong? Is there an answer?

There are thirty two essays by environmental writers, all well written, well stated, interesting and informative. These writers are from different walks of life, Native Americans, biologists, geologists, poets, environmental writers, teachers, homesteaders, people of the earth. All but one felt the Arctic Refuge must not be touched. One writer is ambiguous about the Refuge.

People are worried about their way of life, especially the Gwinch'in who feel Arctic Refuge is a sacred place. Others feel the animals, especially the caribu, should be left alone. It is also their world. The land should be left as is, not molested, not torn apart.

Some feel that America is being held hostage by oil barons. America can produce her own oil by drilling in the Arctic. This topic is so controversial. I have no answer to this question. This book is short, only 105 pages, written by dedicated people.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2001
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Discover Magazine, August 2001: "In short (and sometimes quite moving) essays and poems, scientists, native Alaskans, and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter warn against drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge."
San Francisco Chronicle, March 28, 2001: "...half a dozen of America's finest nature writers, our most distinguished ex-president and several members of the Gwich'in tribe are expected to gather on Capitol Hill and deliver "Arctic Refuge: A Circle of Testimony." If it succeeds, it may prove the most important book published all year."
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