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A Passion for This Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Explore Our Relationship with Nature and the Environment (David Suzuki Foundation Series) Paperback – April 28, 2008
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David Suzuki truly has passion . . . A Passion for This Earth, however, is not Suzuki's book at all, but the product of his remarkable ability to inspire people to think critically, personally, and practically about our environment . . . A Passion for This Earth is a satisfying fusion of appreciation for nature and political activist that stems from the natural diversity of our earth, of the problems that face it and the people who choose to tackle the issues. —Utne Reader(2008-08-06)
Just how much can one man inspire the environmental movement? This collection of 20 essays inspired by David Suzuki shows how one person's idealistic vision for saving the Earth can create ripples through mankind . . . This collection resonates with our local community as well as the global village. —Granville Magazine(2008-09-01)
The book is very reader-friendly, and engaging, and the obligatory instances of feteing Suzuki that pop up are not gratuitous, awkward, or irrelevant. Instead, all of the individual pieces coalesce as the writers express their personal perspective on nature and environmentalism . . . [the essays] create a superb collection that is valuable both in its parts and as a whole. A Passion for This Earth will surely provoke you to think about human practices and policies, to ponder why nature is important for you (and all of us), and to 'get moving; by putting your passion into action. —Sustainablog(2008-09-06)
A Passion for This Earth looks at ways to celebrate the world we live in, and how not only to save it, but also prolong the lives of everyone who is part of it . . . Each chapter has its own distinct voice, and whether you agree totally or not, it gives cause to pause and reflect on the world we live in. —Shelf Life(2008-10-04)
About the Author
Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. He is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College.
Michelle Benjamin, formerly a book publisher, lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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There a very good diversity of people and I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it. You'll see yourself here and there and understand how commitment takes hold. This would be a great gift for people of any age (above 8?), as we all have our perspectives, questions, capacities and mindsets. ALL ACTIVISTS NEED TO READ THIS BOOK, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE TRYING TO FIND OR CREATE MORE ACTIVISTS AT ANY LEVEL. This book doesn't twist any arms through any outright pressure, it does so by giving you the inside scoop, the real story of critical realizations, which are always personally accomplished.
I grew up watching Nature Of Things and have followed David Suzuki's books, public speaking and various specials for quite a while, through the ups and downs. Living in Alberta lets me see both the upside and ugly side of the battle going on for a clean, sustainable and healthy future on Earth. While we try to shift ourselves off strict dependency on the oil money and the oil economy mechanisms, we most definitely need to avoid nuclear power and are fortunate that the sustainable energy support and energy efficiency awareness in Alberta is growing very rapidly. Green jobs are real and sustainable jobs! But we still have a hard fight to get things done at an adequate pace without backsliding or getting unfairly speed-bumped on many fronts, given the resistance from governments, oil money influencing public policy, and underhanded actions in the field.
I have been consistently educating myself on the nature of this battle and related issues for decades and continue to do so. I started to join the activist effort directly about two years ago and am discovering that to do so requires more than a solid grounding in the information about the subject, it requires success stories and insightful, instructional information about activism and democracy at a personal level; what this book offers in abundance.
Thank our lucky stars that Canada does have a strong tendency to spark activism and that we have many fine examples of Canadian activists in a wide range of capacities and locations. We need much more going forward, and the expert experience from around the world gathered up in this book is of great, immediate value. Our problems are not commonly considered "local" only any more, they are seen within the context of a planet undergoing extreme stress from rapid change heavily influenced by human activity. Man's inhumanity to man and the environment persists at full speed around the globe. Ironically, I don't think we can or should control the speed, since innovation is of prime importance; what we need to is to redirect our activity and to do so, requires each of us to think and reprogram ourselves.
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