Earth in the Balance

Earth in the Balance

Ecology and the Human Spirit

Book - 1992
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A passionate and lifelong defender of the environment, Vice President Al Gore describes in this classic best-selling book how human actions and decisions can endanger or safeguard the vulnerable ecosystem that sustains us all. The book's groundbreaking analysis helped place the environment on the national agenda, summoning politicians, the media, and the public to attention and action. The message remains just as urgent today as it did eight years ago: while much has been accomplished, we must meet a global environmental challenge that reaches into every aspect of our society.
In brave and unforgettable terms, Earth in the Balance probes the roots of the environmental crisis and offers a bold and forceful vision of a new, more sustainable path. Having provoked international discussion upon its original publication, it continues to confront us with profound challenges. Human civilization must change its course if we are to heal our ailing environment and preserve the earth's ecology for future generations.
Vice President Gore describes in a new foreword to this classic what we have achieved and what remains to be done, and issues a clarion call to begin the millennium with an "Environment Decade." It is time to reflect deeply on the fate of our planet and commit ourselves to its future.

Baker & Taylor
A U.S. senator convinced that the global environment is on the brink of disaster draws on the latest research on air, water, and soil pollution to develop a strategic plan for a worldwide clean-up effort

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Senator (and vice presidential candidate) Gore (Democrat, Tennessee) demonstrates that the quality of air, water, and soil is at grave risk, not only locally or regionally but globally, and argues that only a radical rethinking of the human relationship with nature can save the earth's ecology for future generations. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, :1992
ISBN: 9780395578216
Branch Call Number: 363.7 Go
Characteristics: 407 p. ; 24 cm


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May 19, 2013

This wide-ranging book, published in 1992, demonstrates the author's substantial understanding of and prescience on global climate change, loss of genetic diversity, soil depletion, and other important issues; and demonstrates why he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2007. The book is very readable with diagrams and photographs to illustrate key points. There is a lengthy index but, unfortunately, no bibliography. The latter half of the book was more emotional and political in presentation. Gore concludes by advocating a new Global Marshall Plan with five strategic goals (p. 305-7).


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May 19, 2013

"... we have assumed that our lives need have no real connection to the natural world ... Precisely because we feel no connection to the physical world, we trivialize the consequences of our actions. And because this linkage seems abstract, we are slow to understand what it means to destroy those parts of the environment that are crucial to our survival. We are, in effect, bulldozing the Gardens of Eden." [p. 144]


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