American Earth

environmental writing since Thoreau

Author: Bill McKibben

Publisher: Literary Classics of United States


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1047

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Author and activist McKibben gathers the essential American writings that changed the way the public looks at the natural world. "American Earth" features essays by Walt Whitman, Rachel Carson, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Pollan, and dozens more.

Whole Green Catalog

1000 Best Things for You and the Earth

Author: Michael W. Robbins

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1594868875

Category: Reference

Page: 400

View: 7582

A consumer's reference to green living counsels readers on how to identify truly eco-friendly products and includes reviews and advice for everything from home furnishings and appliances to toys and clothing. Original.

Empire of Vines

Wine Culture in America

Author: Erica Hannickel

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812245598

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 6962

Empire of Vines traces the development of wine culture as grape growing expanded from New York to the Midwest before gaining ascendancy in California—a progression that illustrates viticulture's centrality to the nineteenth-century American projects of national expansion and the formation of a national culture.

Teaching Sustainability / Teaching Sustainably

Author: Kirsten Allen Bartels,Kelly A. Parker

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

ISBN: 1579227414

Category: Education

Page: 296

View: 7601

Over the coming decades, every academic discipline will have to respond to the paradigm of more sustainable life practices because students will be living in a world challenged by competition for resources and climate change, and will demand that every academic discipline demonstrate substantial and corresponding relevance. This book takes as its point of departure that integrating a component of sustainability into a discipline-specific course arises from an educator asking a simple question: in the coming decades, as humanity faces unprecedented challenges, what can my discipline or area of research contribute toward a better understanding of these issues? The discipline need not be future-oriented: an archaeologist, for instance, could incorporate into a course some aspects of sustainable archaeological practices in areas threatened by rapid climate change, as well as examples of sustainable or unsustainable ways of living practiced by members of the long-gone society under investigation. This book also argues that courses about sustainability need to cross disciplinary boundaries, both because of the inter-relatedness of the issues, and because students will require the ability to use interdisciplinary approaches to thrive through the multiple careers most of them will face. The contributions to this book are presented under four sections. “Sustainability as a Core Value in Education” considers the rationale for incorporating sustainability in disciplinary courses. “Teaching Sustainability in the Academic Disciplines” presents eight examples of courses from disciplines as varied as agriculture, composition, engineering, and teacher education. “Education as a Sustainable Practice” reviews how the physical environment of the classroom and the delivery of instruction need themselves to reflect the values being taught. The final section addresses the issues of leadership and long-term institutional change needed to embed sustainable practice as a core value on campus.

Facing It

Epiphany and Apocalypse in the New Nature

Author: M. Jimmie Killingsworth

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623491770

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 8048

Blending memoir, cultural history, and a literary perspective, Facing It bears witness to controversies like Tellico and Chernobyl, global warming and local drought. But rather than merely drowning readers in waves of ecological angst, M. Jimmie Killingsworth seeks alternative images and episodes to invoke presence without crippling the hope for survival and sustenance in places and communities of value. In deft, highly accessible prose, Killingsworth takes the reader through a Cold-War childhood, an adolescence colored by anti-war and ecological activism, and an adulthood darkened by terrorism and climate change. Inviting us on walks through tame suburbias (riddled with environmental abuse) and wild deserts and mountains (shadowed by industrial development), he celebrates the survival of natural beauty and people living close to the earth while questioning truisms associated with both economic advancement and environmental purity. Above all, this book invites the reader to face it: to look with wide-open eyes on a new nature that will never be the same, but that continues to offer opportunities for renewal and advancement of life.

The Wilderness Warrior

Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

Author: Douglas Brinkley

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061940576

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 960

View: 5343

From New York Times bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley comes a sweeping historical narrative and eye-opening look at the pioneering environmental policies of President Theodore Roosevelt, avid bird-watcher, naturalist, and the founding father of America’s conservation movement. In this groundbreaking epic biography, Douglas Brinkley draws on never-before-published materials to examine the life and achievements of our “naturalist president.” By setting aside more than 230 million acres of wild America for posterity between 1901 and 1909, Theodore Roosevelt made conservation a universal endeavor. This crusade for the American wilderness was perhaps the greatest U.S. presidential initiative between the Civil War and World War I. Roosevelt’s most important legacies led to the creation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and passage of the Antiquities Act in 1906. His executive orders saved such treasures as Devils Tower, the Grand Canyon, and the Petrified Forest.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Natural history

Page: N.A

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Landscapes of Culture and Nature

Author: Rod Giblett

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230235847

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 337

This book is a bold and exciting exploration of the relationship and interactions between humans, the human landscape and the earth, looking at a diverse range of case studies from the nineteenth-century city to the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

Narnia and the Fields of Arbol

the environmental vision of C.S. Lewis

Author: Matthew T. Dickerson,David O'Hara

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 2569

Scholars have discussed the work of C. S. Lewis (1898--1963) for decades, but they have focused on Lewis's Christian and pagan allusions and have largely ignored his other important themes. Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis is the first book dedicated to Lewis's vision of our relationship to nature and the environment. Matthew T. Dickerson and David O'Hara examine The Chronicles of Narnia and the Ransom books, as well as The Great Divorce, The Abolition of Man, and Lewis's essays and personal correspondence, connecting his writing with that of authors more traditionally associated with environmentalism, such as Wendell Berry, Aldo Leopold, and Gary Snyder. Narnia and the Fields of Arbol offers a fresh way for readers across disciplines to understand the work of this literary legend.


The American Landscape at the Tipping Point

Author: Alex S. MacLean

Publisher: N.A


Category: City and town life

Page: 335

View: 856

For more than 30 years, Alex MacLean’s aerial photographs have captured the evolution of the American landscape and the complex relationship between its natural and constructed environments that contribute to climate change. Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point is an ambitious and visually breathtaking catalogue of the extraordinary patterns and profound physical consequences brought about by natural processes and human intervention. The book allows readers to visualize climate change and our culture's excessive use of resources and energy, which account for our oversized carbon footprint. It demonstrates the extent to which the human ecosystem, and our economic and social well being, are dependant upon our wise use of land and its resources. Over is divided into sections covering such as Atmosphere; Way of Life; Automobile Dependency; Electricity Generation; Deserts; Water Use; Sea-Level Rise; Waste and Recycling; and Urbanism. MacLean’s powerful photographs and insightful text make it clear that maintenance of the current American lifestyle is incompatible with a planet of diminishing natural resources and a finite atmosphere. Over compels us all to reconsider our basic assumptions about how we live, work, and play, and reveals that, while the challenges we face today are not insurmountable, the future depends on our collective vision, passion, and commitment.

Walden oder Leben in den Wäldern

Author: Henry D. Thoreau

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3845701382

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 3349

"Ich zog in die Wälder, weil ich den Wunsch hatte, mit Überlegung zu leben, alle Wirkenskraft und Samen zu schauen und zu ergründen, ob ich nicht lernen könnte, was ich lehren sollte, um beim Sterben vor der Entdeckung bewahrt zu bleiben, daß ich nicht gelebt hatte." Thoreau beschreibt in seinem Buch die zwei Jahre, die er allein in einer selbstgebauten Blockhütte am Waldteich "Walden" in Massachusetts verbringt. Er beschreibt sein Leben in den Wäldern, das einfache Leben und wie er sich durch den Anbau von Gemüse und Getreide und durch den Fischfang selbst versorgt und wie er die Natur für sich wahrnimmt. Für ihn ist es der Versuch, ein Leben zu führen, das ihm dem eigentlichen und wirklichen Leben näher bringt. Überarbeiteter Nachdruck der Originalausgabe aus dem Jahr 1905.

The Library of America Collection

2010 Edition


Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9781598530001

Category: Literary Collections

Page: N.A

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The Library of America: Now available in one complete collection. Thirty years ago, The Library of America was founded to undertake a historic endeavor: to help preserve the nation's cultural heritage by publishing America's best and most significant writing in durable and authoritative editions. Hailed as "the most important book-publishing project in the nation's history" (Newsweek), this award-winning series maintains America's most treasured writers in "the finest-looking, longest-lasting edition ever made" (The New Republic). Now the entire Library of America series is available in one complete collection for home, office, or institutional libraries. The set is made up of 255 titles across a wide range of genres, including fiction, history, poetry, drama, essays, philosophy, travel writing, journalism, sermons, speeches, and slave narratives. From the writings of the Founding Fathers to the poetry of Walt Whitman and Robert Frost, from the journalism of the Civil Rights movement to the novels of Zora Neale Hurston and Philip Roth, fromAbraham Lincoln: Speeches & Writings to H.P. Lovecraft: Tales, this is the ultimate collection of American letters. For 2012, the Library of America Complete Collection has been updated and expanded with recently published titles includingKurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories, John Adams: Revolutionary Writings,H.L. Mencken: Prejudices, and The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael. Click here to see the full list of volumes contained in the collection. What are the bestselling titles in the Library of America? Here are the recent favorites, including a number of 20th-century writers new to the series: Dick, Lovecraft, Kerouac, Roth, Bierce: The 50 Funniest American Writers*: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion *According to Andy Borowitz The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s (The Man in the High Castle;Ubik, etc.) Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary, Tales & Memoirs Thomas Paine: Collected Writings (Common Sense; Rights of Man, etc.) H.P. Lovecraft: Tales The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It Jack Kerouac: Road Novels, 1957-1960 (On the Road; The Dharma Bums, etc.) Flannery O'Connor: Collected Works (Wise Blood; Everything That Rises Must Converge; etc.) Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels (Red Harvest; The Maltese Falcon; etc.) Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America Philip Roth: The American Trilogy (American Pastoral; I Married a Communist;The Human Stain) Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau Raymond Carver: Collected Stories (The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; etc.) Ulysses S. Grant: Memoirs and Selected Letters (Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant;Selected Letters, 1839-1865) Raymond Chandler: Stories and Early Novels (The Big Sleep; Farewell,My Lovely; etc.) John Adams: Revolutionary Writings 1775-1783 Tennesee Williams: Plays 1937-1955 John Adams: Revolutionary Writings 1755-1775 Raymond Chandler: Later Novels and Other Writings (The Lady in the Lake; The Long Goodbye; etc.) Thomas Jefferson: Writings (Autobiography; Notes on the State of Virginia; etc.) James Baldwin: Collected Essays (Notes of a Native Son; The Fire Next Time; etc.)

Der stumme Frühling

Author: Rachel Carson

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406704220

Category: Nature

Page: 348

View: 4303

Der stumme Frühling erschien erstmals 1962. Der Titel bezieht sich auf das eingangs erzählte Märchen von der blühenden Stadt, in der sich eine seltsame, schleichende Seuche ausbreitet … Das spannend geschriebene Sachbuch wirkte bei seinem Erscheinen wie ein Alarmsignal und avancierte rasch zur Bibel der damals entstehendenÖkologie-Bewegung. ZumerstenMal wurde hier in eindringlichem Appell die Fragwürdigkeit des chemischen Pflanzenschutzes dargelegt. An einer Fülle von Tatsachen machte Rachel Carson seine schädlichen Auswirkungen auf die Natur und die Menschen deutlich. Ihre Warnungen haben seither nichts von ihrer Aktualität verloren.

Die drei Stigmata des Palmer Eldritch


Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104027269

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 5130

In ›Die drei Stigmata des Palmer Eldritch‹ (1965) entwirft Philip K. Dick eine Welt, in der die Menschen jeden Planeten des Sonnensystems kolonialisiert haben, weil die Erde durch die Klimaerwärmung unbewohnbar geworden ist. Aber das außerirdische Leben ist hart, und so ergibt man sich halluzinatorischen Drogen, mit denen man in jede denkbare virtuelle Welt ausweichen kann. Über allem thront ein Drogentycoon mit gottgleicher Macht. Zum ersten Mal in seinem Werk gibt Dick religiösen Spekulationen nach: Die Zukunft wird gnostisch und das Böse ein Attribut Gottes.

The Lincoln anthology

great writers on his life and legacy from 1860 to now

Author: Harold Holzer,Library of America (Firm)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 964

View: 8617

A volume of forefront writings on the sixteenth president includes works of fiction, history, and poetry by figures ranging from Churchill and Grant to Tolstoy and Twain, in a collection that offers insight into the ways in which American history and culture have contributed to the sixteenth president's legendary persona.