A Contract with the Earth (Google eBook)

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JHU Press, Apr 1, 2009 - Nature - 256 pages
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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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Review: A Contract with the Earth

User Review  - Amanda Linehan - Goodreads

This book was OK, nothing remarkable and not bad either. It was surprising to see him come out in full force of what I see as liberal policies, but nothing that he wrote about was groundbreaking. Read full review

Review: A Contract with the Earth

User Review  - Shaun - Goodreads

I thought this book was okay. There are plenty of things we can do to improve the environment, but it won't be solved by government. Only businesses and motivated individuals can do their part to make a difference. Read full review

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Contents

Framing the Contract
1
A Contract with the Earth
9
A Matter of Respect
19
Missed Opportunities
37
Partnering for the Earth
61
Entrepreneurial Environmentalism
85
Environmental Philanthropy
107
Renewing the Natural World
125
Leading the Way to a Better World
153
From Many One
171
Epilogue
185
Sources and Suggested Reading
199
Index
209
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Page 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.

About the author (2009)

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.