Environmental Heroes

Entitled PROTECTING THE PLANET: Environmental Champions from Conservation to Climate Change (ISBN 978-1633882256), our book begins with the mounting evidence for climate change as seen in rising carbon dioxide levels, higher global temperatures, melting ice sheets, and sea level rise.

Next we review the history of the US environmental movement—focusing on the key people who changed our understanding of the human impact on our natural surroundings. Our past environmental heroes include John James Audubon, Henry David Thoreau, John Burroughs, George Perkins Marsh, Harriet Hemenway, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Bob Marshall, Roger Tory Peterson, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, David Brower, Barry Commoner, Donella Meadows, and many more.

Turning to the present, we explore the activities of people like James Hansen, Michael Mann, Bill McKibben, James Balog, Al Gore, Naomi Klein, Joe Romm, Thomas Lovejoy, Paul Hawken, Naomi Oreskes, Mark Jacobson, Gus Speth, Elizabeth Kolbert, Elon Musk, and Leonardo Di Caprio who are currently pursuing remedies for climate change. Much of this information is based on personal interviews we conducted with our new environmental heroes.

Finally, we conclude with a set of actionable strategies—demonstrating that there are many excellent reasons to believe that we can achieve a sustainable lifestyle, protect our planet as our home, and ensure the quality of life for our children and grandchildren.

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Author: Budd Titlow

BS, Biology-Chemistry, Florida State University, 1970 MS, Wildlife Ecology-Fisheries Science, Virginia Tech, 1973 btitlow@aol.com / www.agpix.com/titlow / www.buddtitlow.com Home: 850-320-6480 / Cell: 919-886-0330 A Professional Wildlife Biologist and Emeritus Wetlands Scientist currently residing in Tallahassee, Florida, Budd Titlow has authored and published four natural history / environmental conservation books: PROTECTING THE PLANET—Environmental Champions from Conservation to Climate Change (Prometheus Books—ISBN 978-1633882256), BIRD BRAINS—Inside the Strange Minds of Our Fine Feathered Friends (Lyons Press—ISBN 978-0-7627-8755-5), SEASHELLS—Jewels from the Ocean (Voyageur Press—ISBN 978-0-7603-2593-3), and ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK—Beyond Trail Ridge (Westcliffe Publishers—ISBN 0-942394-22-4). As a life-long naturalist, outdoor enthusiast, and educator, Budd has also owned and operated NATUREGRAPHS—Freelance Photography and Writing—for the past 40 years. His photographs have won awards in most major international and national natural history photo contests. He has also published more than 100 photo-essays and 5,000 photographs. His credits include the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Wall Calendar, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Sierra Club Notecards, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife, Audubon, Outside, Nature’s Best, Travel/Holiday, Time/Life Publications, Popular Photography, Petersen’s Photographic, and many more publications. Throughout his career, Budd has shared his love of photography and nature by presenting more than 50 seminars and workshops throughout the nation; including Staff Naturalist for the Umstead Hotel and Conference Center in Cary, North Carolina (two years); Artist-in-Residence at The Ford Plantation in Savannah, Georgia (two years); North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) (two years); New England Council of Camera Clubs (NECCC) (two years); National Wildlife Federation (fifteen years); National Audubon Society (two years); Massachusetts Audubon Society (five years); Maine Island Workshops (two years); Florida State University (four years), and Florida Audubon (three years). Additionally, Budd has presented more than 100 multi-media programs on natural resources (wetlands/wildlife/rare species), conservation, and environmental management topics to monthly meetings, annual conferences, and specialty workshops throughout the United States. Budd also owns and operates Titlow Ecological Services where he provides freelance environmental consulting and permitting. His career includes 13 years as a NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Compliance Specialist with the federal government, including eight years with the National Park Service, and 25 years as a Project/Group Manager for private environmental/engineering consulting firms in New England, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida.

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