Gus Speth’s Angels by the River is not an autobiography or traditional memoir, it’s a series of reflections on the life of one of the nation’s most influential environmental activists, selectively chosen for how they relate to our current and future struggles. As we confront an environmental crisis that is growing increasingly dire, we have to turn to our past failures and successes before we proceed.
|By: Will Potter Sunday November 23, 2014 1:59 pm|
|By: Will Potter Sunday May 5, 2013 1:59 pm|
“Environmentalism” and “going green” are so pervasive today it’s hard to imagine a time when those concepts were largely absent from popular discourse. When Rachel Carson released Silent Spring 50 years ago, it changed everything; not just for Carson, whose already-successful career took a dramatic turn, but for the emergence of the modern environmental movement.
William Souder’s insightful portrait of Carson, On a Farther Shore, is an account of her life and work, but it’s also a vital addition to our understanding of the current environmental crisis.
|By: DSWright Wednesday January 23, 2013 12:25 pm|
To its credit the Sierra Club seems to have recognized that the status quo is not working and has decided to escalate its activism. According to Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune the group will being a campaign of civil disobedience to fight climate change.
|By: Gregg Levine Friday October 12, 2012 2:59 pm|
Dr. Barry Commoner, scientist, activist, educator and one of the founders of the modern environmental movement, died on September 30 at his home in Brooklyn. He was 95.
I met Dr. Commoner in 1980, when he brought his third-party campaign for US president to my university. Running as the candidate of the Citizens Party, which he helped found, Commoner didn’t command an auditorium. Instead, Commoner sat in what I remember as a smallish classroom, discussing the state of the world with an egalitarian equanimity. He knew he wasn’t going to win the election, but he had things he wanted to explain, and a level of participation he wanted to motivate.
|By: Josh Nelson Saturday October 15, 2011 1:59 pm|
Bill McKibben is one of the most effective and widely-respected writers on environmental issues today. Starting with The End of Nature in 1989, he’s written and published a long line of powerful works that make complex environmental issues accessible to a general audience.
|By: Robert Eshelman Sunday September 19, 2010 1:59 pm|
Douglas Bevington’s The Rebirth of Environmentalism comes at a very important moment. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest in U.S. history. Then another in Michigan. Heat waves and record temperatures across the South and along the East Coast. Massive fires in Russia, that ripped into wheat supplies and sent prices soaring. Floods in Pakistan that have displaced at least 20 million people, one-fifth of that country’s population.