Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit

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Plume, 1992 - Nature - 407 pages
A passionate defender of the environment, Vice President Al Gore described in this now classic best-selling book how the engines of human civilization have brought us to the brink of catastrophe, threatening the destruction of nature and ultimately ourselves. Its groundbreaking analysis placed the environment on the national agenda, prompting politicians, the media, and the public to reckon with a looming disaster. The message remains just as urgent today as it did eight years ago: while much has been accomplished, we are still facing a crisis that reaches into every aspect of society.In brave and unforgettable terms, Earth in the Balance probes the roots of the environmental crisis and offers a bold and forceful vision of a new more sustainable path. Having provoked international discussion on its original publication, it continues to confront us with profound challenges. Human civilization must heal itself, psychologically and spiritually, if we are to heal our ailing environment and savethe earth's ecology for future generations.Now reissued in hardcover with a new introduction bringing the material up-to-date, Vice President Gore's classic will, in the new millennium again be a clarion call to reflect on the fate of our planet.

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About the author (1992)

Politician and businessman Al Gore was born on March 31, 1948. In 1969, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard College. He represented Tennessee in the House of Representatives from 1977-1985 and the Senate from 1985-1993. He was Vice-President of the United States from 1993-2001. He is currently the president of Current TV, chairman of Generation Investment Management, director on the board of Apple Inc., and senior advisor to Google Inc. He lectures on the topic of global warming awareness and prevention and starred in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which won the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their efforts to educate others about climate change and to find ways to counteract it.

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