Writers have been sounding the eco alarm for years. Here are some of the most insightful voices, in order of their publication.
A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold (Ballantine, 1948) In a series of heartfelt essays, pioneer eco thinker Leopold creates an awareness of land as a living community.
Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson (Houghton Mifflin, 1962) After tracking the impact of pesticides on songbird populations, Carson tells us to put away the DDT.
The Tragedy Of The Commons, by Garrett Hardin (Science 162, 1243-1248, 1968) This essay warning of the dangers of looting the planet drew an early ethical blueprint for the ecology movement.
The Lorax, Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1971) When Theodore Geisel became environmentally aware, he brought eco ideas to a huge young audience.
Great Possessions, by David Kline (North Point Press, 1990) The Amish intellectual shattered the stereotypical notion that people who reject fossil fuels and cars are backwards.
The Dream of the Earth, by Thomas Berry (Sierra Club, 1990) Berry demonstrated the extent to which the environmental crisis is primarily rooted in spiritual failings, specifically the surrender to greed.
Green Guerrillas, edited by Helen Collinson (Black Rose, 1996) A political guide to the fusion of left-wing political and environmental struggles in Latin America.
Our Stolen Future, edited by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski and John Peterson Myers (Dutton, 1996) The 90s version of Silent Spring. But while Carson examined the impact of pesticides on wildlife and extrapolated their affect on human fertility, this study looks directly at what's happening to our hormones and reproductive systems.
Divorce Your Car! by Katie Alvord (New Society, 2000) Practical suggestions for how people, even in the most difficult circumstances, can ditch their cars and have a happier life.
Storm Warning, by Lydia Dotto (Doubleday, 2000) This Canadian book probes political realities, exposing, for example, the way donor countries including Australia have blackmailed small island states to take less aggressive advocacy positions on stopping global warming.
2030: Confronting Thermageddon In Our Lifetime, by Robert Hunter (McClelland & Stewart, 2002) Last summer's hurricane disasters - occurring just a few months after Hunter's death - show how prophetic his dire weather warnings were.
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