A Contract with the Earth

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JHU Press, 1. 11. 2007 - Počet stran: 256
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Focusing the environmental debate on the principle of common commitment, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and eminent conservationist Terry L. Maple present A Contract with the Earth. They declare a need for bipartisan environmentalism—a new era of environmental stewardship with principles that they believe most Americans will share.

While acknowledging that liberals and conservatives do not see eye to eye on many issues, Gingrich and Maple argue successfully that environmental stewardship is a mainstream value that transcends partisan politics. Their thoughtful approaches to our environmental challenges are based on three main premises: environmental leadership is integral to America's role in the world, technologically savvy environmental entrepreneurs can and should be the cornerstone of environmental solutions, and cooperation and incentives must be dramatically increased to achieve workable and broadly supported environmental solutions.

Gingrich and Maple believe that most people—regardless of how they categorize themselves politically—are weary of the legal and political conflicts that prevent individuals and communities from realizing the benefits of environmental conservation. The foundation of the book—a ten-point Contract with the Earth—promotes ingenuity over rhetoric as the way forward.

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A Contract With the Earth is a book-length proposal for a new environmental policy. It wasn’t as science-oriented as Bjorn Lomborg's Cool It, nor as hyperbolic as Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth. It fell ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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Including a foreword by noted scientist E.O. Wilson, former U.S. Speaker of the House Gingrich (Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America ) and Maple (president & CEO, Palm Beach Zoo ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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Framing the Contract
A Contract with the Earth
A Matter of Respect
Missed Opportunities
Partnering for the Earth
Entrepreneurial Environmentalism
Environmental Philanthropy
Renewing the Natural World
Leading the Way to a Better World
From Many One
Sources and Suggested Reading
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Strana 150 - ... ecological disruption than technology of the past. • That there exists no fundamental conflict between the artificial and the natural. • That artificial forces which today harm nature can be converted into allies of nature in an incredibly short time by natural standards. • Most important, that humankind, even a growing human population of many billions, can take a constructive place in the natural order. None of these notions are now common currency. It is possible to find yourself hooted...
Strana 24 - Likewise, the oceans of the world continue to suffer from the survival of the philosophy of the commons. Maritime nations still respond automatically to the shibboleth of the "freedom of the seas.
Strana 28 - The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.
Strana 65 - CI's mission is to conserve the earth's living natural heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.
Strana 63 - If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail. I therefore preach continually the doctrine of the fraternal association of our...
Strana 125 - Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts; and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish.
Strana 162 - To conserve a resource or the productive potential of a resource-generating system is to use it wisely, with the goal of maintaining its future availability or productivity. To preserve is to protect an ecosystem or a species, to the extent possible, from the disruptions attendant upon it from human use of the species or its habitat.
Strana 151 - For seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, Time's Person of the Year is you.
Strana 150 - ... will be the next wave of environmental thinking. The core principles of ecorealism are these: that logic, not sentiment, is the best tool for safeguarding .nature; that accurate understanding of the actual state of the environment will serve the Earth better than expressions of panic; that in order to form a constructive alliance with nature, men and women must learn to think like nature. The coming wave of ecorealism will enable people and governments to make rational distinctions between those...
Strana 9 - The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: We are all in the same boat. That boat is the spaceship earth, a blue jewel glowing in the night of space, radiant and shining with the fluid of life the all-encompassing sea.

O autorovi (2007)

Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999 and is widely heralded as the chief architect of the Republican Contract with America. Since his days as an environmental studies professor, he has been involved in a variety of environmental initiatives. Speaker Gingrich was the founding chair of the West Georgia College Chapter of the Georgia Conservancy. He has championed efforts to create the Chattahoochee River Greenway, protect the wild tigers of Asia, and establish the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Terry L. Maple is president and CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo and professor of conservation and behavior at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Maple is a former president of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a coeditor of Ethics on the Ark. He was president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta from 1985 to 2003.

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