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    Great Environmental Books:

    The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett

    The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett : Explanations of how we discover what causes epidemics.

     

     

     

     

     

    Last Stand by Richard Manning

    Last Stand by Richard Manning is poetic even though he describes the cutting of forests in Montana by Champion and Plum Creek. He explains the wonderful interconnections of life forms and even how some species depend on forest fires. The black backed woodpeckers favor lodgepole pine forests that have burned in the last 3 years. Their black backs give them camouflage against the charred trees and protect them from predators. The woodpeckers eat beetles that specialize in burned forests. After a few years the woodpeckers move on, leaving holes that make nests for bluebirds. Very old lodgepole pines even give out an audible signal that attracts particular beetles that come to kill the pines. Lodgepole pinecones are adapted to fire - they won’t open until a fire comes through.

     

    The Last Stand by David Harris about the fight to save the redwoods. In it, he relates that the FDIC and the Office of Thrift Supervision have lawsuits (for $250 million and $900 million, respectively) against Charles Hurwitz, the Texas takeover artist who gained control of the Pacific Lumber Co. with junk bonds and then dramatically increased its rate of cutting. Hurwitz was chairman of the board and the largest shareholder of the United Financial Group that controlled the United Savings Association of Texas, which collapsed and cost the public $1.3 billion. Please ask the President and your congressmembers to push these lawsuits and use the money gained to buy back the redwoods.

     

    Toxic Sludge is Good for You by John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton describes how public relations firms manage the news and frame issues to smear environmentalists while giving big companies legitimacy and excuses.

     

     

     

    Sultans of Sleaze by Joyce Nelson describes how public relations firms manage the news and frame issues to smear environmentalists while giving big companies legitimacy and excuses.

     

     

     

     

    Timber Wars by Judi Bari

    Timber Wars by Judi Bari is a good biography by the forest activist who was bombed while organizing save the redwoods rallies.

     

     

     

     

     

    Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber

    Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber is the story of an Illinois farmgirl turned microbiologist who poetically describes the battles against toxic chemicals and toxic incinerators.

     

     

     

     

    A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

    A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr is a tragic account of an attorney and neighbors in Woburn, MA suing WR Grace and Beatrice Foods over the solvent poisons in their wellwater.

     

     

     

     

    Still the Best Congress Money Can Buy by Philip M. Stern

    Still the Best Congress Money Can Buy by Philip M. Stern shows how badly we need campaign finance reform; gives examples of rip-offs given in exchange for campaign contributions.

     

     

     

     

    Losing Ground by Mark Dowie

    Losing Ground by Mark Dowie illustrates how big companies co-opt or marginalize environmentalists.

     

     

     

     

     

    The War Against the Greens by David Helvarg

    The War Against the Greens by David Helvarg tells how mining, logging, oil and other big companies persecute environmentalists.

     

     

     

     

     

    Cut and Run by Grace Herndon

    Cut and Run by Grace Herndon is a good book about how logging companies violate land and water quality laws while cutting forests.

     

     

     

     

     

    The Animal Smugglers by John Nichol

    The Animal Smugglers by John Nichol provides details of animal poaching and smuggling.

     

     

     

     

     

    Grizzly Years by John Peacock

    Grizzly Years by John Peacock details observations of the wild lives of grizzlies in Montana and Wyoming.

     

     

     

     

     

    Hope, Human and Wild by Bill McKibben

    Hope, Human and Wild by Bill McKibben tells how people find solutions that build community and help the environment.

     

     

     

     

    Game Wars by Marc Reisner

    Game Wars by Marc Reisner : Game wardens go undercover in sting operations to stop trade in endangered species.

     

     

     

     

    Woman in the Mists by Farley Mowat

    Woman in the Mists by Farley Mowat is Dian Fossey's studies of the mountain gorilla.

     

     

     

     

     

    The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner

    The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner is an account of a journalist’s interviews with people in the Amazon. He shows how builders, cattle ranchers, gold miners run the state and federal government of Brazil.

     

     

     

     

    Bird of Life, Bird of Death by Jonathan Evan Maslow

    Bird of Life, Bird of Death by Jonathan Evan Maslow is a story of birdwatchers seeking the rare quetzlcoatl in Guatemala during the time the military oppressed the peasants.

     

     

     

     

    The Grizzly by Enos A. Mills

    The Grizzly by Enos A. Mills :  Accounts of grizzlies in Colorado.

     

     

     

     

     

    Links:

    Endangered Species

    Global Warming

    • 350.org – organizes protests, divestment campaigns, non-violent civil disobedience, and local and national movements to stop coal and oil companies
    • Greenpeace – protects wildlife and fights global warming and ocean pollution; fights nuclear power and fights nuclear pollution
    • Clean Energy Action – organizes against coal and helps to  fight global warming, they collect success stories from communities around the world that have increased renewables energy sources and efficiency,  they support municipalization of the Xcel, the Colorado elctric utility, keeps investing in coal power plants and opposing a rapid change to efficiency and renewables
    • Sierra Club
    • Rising Tide North America
    • Ruckus Society – provides environmental, human rights, and social justice organizers with the tools, training, and support needed to achieve their goals through the strategic use of creative, nonviolent direct action
    • SustainUS
    • Students for a Just and Stable Future
    • Oxfam – worldwide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty
    • International Trade Union Confederation – uniting autonomous and democratic trade unions
    • ActionAid International – a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all
    • Friends of the Earth – fights for wildlife and our planet
    • Roots & Shoots – Jane Goodall’s youth-led community action and learning program
    • Earth Guardians
    • Appalachian Community Health Emergency – the first law ever proposed that would end the human rights/health disaster that is Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia
    • Tom Weis

    Sustainability

    • Bioneers – an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet, with DVDs and radio shows
    • Green America
    • Organic Consumers Association – amazing coalition that fights for organic food, peace, economic justice- against GMOs, antibiotics in foods, pesticides, and toxic chemicals
    • Food and Water Watch – works to make food and water safe
    • Institute for Local Self Reliance – creates local sustainable communities through the smart utilization of local resources
    • Institute for Agricultural & Trade Policy – create environmentally and economically sustainable communities and regions through sound agriculture and trade policy
    • Eco-cycle – pushing the zero waste goal. Boulder requires separation by households, but needs to require it by businesses.
    • Treehugger – partial to a modern aesthetic, it shares sustainable design, green news and solutions

    Environmental Justice

    Environmental and Wildlife Groups

     Sea Life and Whales

    Other Animals

    Citizen Protection

    • Iraq Body Count – tries to establish an independent public database of civilian deaths in Iraq resulting directly from military actions by the USA and its allies in 2003
    • OpenStreetMap – was used in Arab Spring to find out what roads were open and to find shelter and to avoid the military; create maps, show local areas, show where there is safe drinking water, etc.
    • Cultural Survival – partnering with indigenous peoples to defend their lands, languages, and cultures

    Citizen Science

    Fracking

    Pollution

    Health

    Smoking

    Consumers

    Human Rights

    Awards

    Anti-Nuclear

    Pesticides

    Population

    Peace

    Forest

    Rainforest

    Water and Rivers

    • American Littoral Society
    • American Rivers
    • Desert Fishes Council – mission is to preserve the biological integrity of desert aquatic ecosystems and their associated life forms, to hold symposia to report related research and management endeavors, and to effect rapid dissemination of information concerning activities of the Council and its members
    • International Rivers Network – organization working to halt destructive river infrastructure projects, address the legacies of existing projects and improve development policies and practices
    • River Network – helps local groups to protect wild rivers from pollution, development, and dams
    • Water Defense – works to create a world where water is safe to drink, a world where the oceans don’t rise and the economy is powered by clean, sustainable sources of energy like wind, water and solar
    • Clean Water Action – a national citizens’ organization working for clean, safe, and affordable water, and prevention of health-threatening pollution
    • Food & Water Watch – fights fracking and pollution in our food and water

    Politics

    • Move to Amend – We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights
    • Public Citizen‎ – a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts
    • New Era – organizes youth to vote and participate in politics; because youth are more progressive than older people, they are supporting issues such as sustainable energy, and the municipalizaion of electric companies
    • Public Campaign – ‎stop corporations and wealthy interests from buying our elections
    • Working Families Party – evaluates thousands of candidates every year and only support the ones who stand with us on the issues that matter most to working families, from good jobs to quality schools to fair taxes to clean energy
    • Green Party – acts to improve the quality of our environment and everyday lives
    • Common Cause – fights for good government and fair elections, against fraud

    Reform

    Election Reform

    • New Era – organizes youth to vote and participate in politics; because youth are more progressive than older people, they are supporting issues such as sustainable energy, and the municipalizaion of electric companies
    • League of Conservation Voters
    • Common Cause
    • Public Citizen‎ – a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts
    • Public Campaign – ‎stop corporations and wealthy interests from buying our elections
    • OpenSecrets – the most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere; it lists campaign contributions to politicians from companies and individuals
    • Move to Amend – We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights
    • League of Woman Voters
    • Sierra Club Committee on Political Education

    Economy

    •  – Divest from the nation’s largest Wall Street banks and move to local financial institutions such as credit unions and local banks. Little has changed to prevent another financial crisis or to end ‘Too Big To Fail,’ and with Congress unwilling to act, we are encouraging individuals to take power into their own hands by voting with their dollars and no longer contributing to a financial system that has lead our country astray.  Give people real, concrete actions they can take to create a more sane, stable and localized banking system.
    • US Uncut – direct action against corporate tax cheats and unnecessary and unfair public service cuts
    • Probe International – rethinking foreign aid, restoring accountability, reinvigorating economies, monitors for corruption and fraud in large overseas projects

    Bicycling

    Media

    Magazines