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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