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This Moment on Earth: Today's New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future Hardcover – March 26, 2007

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Environmentalism isn't dead; it's just being reborn declares the Massachusetts senator and his philanthropist wife. The individuals and groups that the couple profile embody a no-nonsense spunk that defies tired old tree-hugger stereotypes. Deirdre Imus, a children's health advocate and wife of recently dethroned radio personality Don Imus, successfully pressured public schools in the New York City area to switch to nontoxic janitorial products. An apple grower in Washington State forced industrial dairy farms in her community to stop contaminating the water supply with fecal waste, while residents of Louisiana formed bucket brigades to test air quality in their towns. The citizen success stories, especially as voiced by three-time Audie winner Dick Hill, never fail to inspire, but unfortunately the authors veer into conventional public policy polemics just when their grassroots journey begins to hit its stride. Granted, their conclusions about failed leadership in the current political climate stand on solid scientific ground, but a little more focus might have rendered a more cohesive listening experience.
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"a forceful new book...which could serve as a primer for how to stop bitching and start a green revolution." --

"a taut, compelling, well written little book that inspires confidence in Kerry's depth of understanding." --, April 25, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1st edition (March 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586484311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586484316
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,904,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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261 of 300 people found the following review helpful By David Michaelson on March 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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 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.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By W. P. Strange on April 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am constantly amazed at the vitriol whenever a politician writes a book. Opnions come down on ideological extremes wanting to praise it instantly if the politico is liked, or panned with acid reviews if he's in the other party.

Face it, this is an interesting book. Not the best book on the subject of the environment, but Kerrys' opinions do reflect intelligent thought. To be condemned for their lifestyle and ignore what they are trying to say shows that the reviewer hasn't read the book. i think there is a hypocritical envy of the wealth the Kerry's have because they are democrats and the reviewer is a rightwing ideologue. But if this was a book by, say Cheney, he'd be praised and his obscene wealth and plutocratic politics will be ignored.

Be fair, read the book for the opinions and ideas, weigh them with your own thoughts and beliefs and in all honesty a serious reader and reviewer can always find something worthwhile.

The environment is becoming a more and more important issue and it shouldn't be viewed through soley political ideology. As a country, together we can make progress, but if we are constantly arguing because the idea comes from the other side of the aisle nothing good will ever happen. Compromise, discussion and reason should win in the end.
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117 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Sam on March 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Well put together, bipartisan book. It covers far more than just global warming, and stresses the importance of fixing the problem ASAP. It includes solutions everyone can use. Everyone should read this book.
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71 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Carl O. Helvie on March 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a nurse with a doctorate in public health I have worked with public health and environmental health issues for most of my 55-year career. The last few years have been the most depressing for me and many of my colleagues because of the abuse of the environment (food, air, water) to the point of endangering life as we know it and a feeling that no one was paying attention or caring about or for the environment. Those who did speak out spoke with a defeatist attitude that nothing could be done or that no problem existed when the scientific data differed. Thus, I was ready for some encouraging news. And this book did not let me down. Not only was it encouraging it was inspiring by showing how individuals and groups are doing their part to make this a better world for ours and future generations.

Numerous examples cited in the book of what individuals and organizations are doing to heal the environment reminded me of a book by another Congressman, former Congressman John Kasick, who wrote a book about people who" bring life and hope to the aged, the homeless, the helpless, sick and dying...They do God's work on this earth." In a similar vein, Theresa and John's inspirational book gives examples of people who are doing God's work to preserve our environment for this and future generations. From the Riverkeeper to Don Imus and his wife, to companies like Texas Instrument and Dupont to the city of Portland, Oregon--at all levels from individual to organizations to cities individuals and groups are doing their part to improve the environment. The examples presented show it can be done and there is no excuse for The United States not moving forward to reduce global warming and heal the environment. Although there has been local leadership the missing ingredient is national leadership.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A. Riley on March 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an enjoyable read and a book that will get you thinking. The people that are written about in this book are real and they are inspiring. I've read many books that outline how grave our situation is and how we are screwing up our environment. This book is different because it concentrates on the positive things that some folks are doing to clean up the places where they live.

The overall message of citizen responsibilty strikes a chord of optimism. This is very much a "glass half-full" kind of book. After reading, I was inspired, and more to the point, energized.

Many very good books on the environment detail the problem we are facing but leave the reader with a sense of frustration and helplessness. Senator Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry have written a book that lifts the reader up with a message of possibility. "We can do this," comes through loud and clear throughout the book.

I recommend this book for anyone who wants to be inspired by ordinary people doing no more and no less than what they feel they have to. These people don't consider themselves heroes, although in a very real way they are. They are just rolling up their sleeves and doing what they know they have to.

Earth is our home and the people the senator and his wife talk about in "This Moment on Earth" know the importance of keeping it clean and safe for ourselves and our children.

In short: "Today's New Environmentalists" are us and the vision we have for our future is up to us.
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