READINGS OF A RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALIST

I think I have always been a radical environmentalist, but my reading, especially in the last two years, has hardened my view that saving the world will require revolutionary, societally wrenching change, and may even be impossible. I challenge you to read these extraordinary books and articles and not see the world, and our human culture, in a new and terrible light: Full House and Rocks of Ages, by the late Stephen J. Gould. The biography for Gould can be found at http://prelectur.stanford.edu/lecturers/gould/ Ockham’s Razor, by Wade Rowland. Here is his official website and links to the interview referred to in my Weblog http://www.waderowland.com/ When Elephants Weep, by Jeff Masson. Here is his official website. http://www.jeffreymasson.com/ Mind of the Raven, by Bernd Heinrich. Here is a review of the book from the Smithsonian magazine http://www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/smithsonian/issues00/feb00/bookreview_feb00.html The writer who brought this to my attention, Bill Atkinson, can be reached at mailto:billatki@axion.net The Unconscious Civilization, by John Ralston Saul. The National Library of Canada site for this book, with online audio excerpts, is at http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/3/8/t8-4007-e.html A good bio can be found at this bookstore site: http://www.nwpassages.com/bios/saul.asp When Corporations Rule the World, by David Korten. Profiled on the site of the People Centered Development Forum that Korten established: http://iisd1.iisd.ca/pcdf/corprule/corporat.htm The Wealth of Man by Peter Jay. A brief bio and review of the book by an online German economists’ forum is at http://www.economics.de/bookshop/book.php3?bid=72 The Freeman Dyson’s Brain interview, in Wired Magazine, is reproduced on the Wired website in its entirety at http://www.wired.com/wired/6.02/dyson.html The Developing Ideas Interview with Herman Daly, done for The Common Good web forum is at http://iisd1.iisd.ca/didigest/special/daly.htm State of the World 2002 edition, by WorldWatch Institute, is summarized on their site at http://www.worldwatch.org/pubs/sow/2002/ World Scientists’ Warning, full text and other related links on the Union of Concerned Scientists’ website at http://www.ucsusa.org/about/warning.html A summary of The Sacred Balance by David Suzuki, along with reviews of his other books, and a new report showing that signing the Kyoto Accord is good for the economy, are at the Suzuki Foundation website at http://www.davidsuzuki.org/ Dream of the Earth by Thomas Berry. Bio and some lecture transcripts can be found at http://ecoethics.net/ops/berrybio.htm Ishmael and The Story of B, by Daniel Quinn. Discussion forum, bio and lots more at the Ishmael Community website at http://www.ishmael.com/welcome.cfm The Axemaker’s Gift by James Burke and Robert Ornstein. Burke Connection website with book summary at http://www.palmersguide.com/jamesburke/burke_book_axe.html A Language Older Than Words, by Derrick Jensen. Jensen’s personal website is at http://www.derrickjensen.org/

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