Hope's Horizon: Three Visions For Healing The American Land

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Island Press, May 1, 2004 - Nature - 350 pages
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At a time of widespread environmental pessimism, Hope's Horizon goes on an inspirational offensive. In this entertaining and thought-provoking book, author Chip Ward tells of his travels among a new generation of activists who are moving beyond defensive environmental struggles and advocating pioneering, proactive strategies for healing the land. Chip Ward's three-year odyssey took him behind the scenes of efforts to reconnect fragmented habitats and "re-wild" the North American continent; the campaign to drain Lake Powell and restore Glen Canyon to its natural state; and the struggle to keep nuclear waste off Western Shoshone ancestral lands and, ultimately, to abolish all nuclear power and weapons. These movements, and the practical visionaries leading them, challenge readers with a new paradigm in which land is used in a spirit of collaboration with natural systems rather than domination of them. Broad in its sweep, Hope's Horizon uses its topical subjects as springboards for exploring how we can redefine our place in the world while restoring damaged habitats, replenishing lost diversity, and abandoning harmful technologies. Lively, literate, and free of the grimness that characterizes so much environmental writing, Hope's Horizon will change the way readers see the world. It makes complicated concepts and issues accessible, and wild ideas compelling. And while the book's starting point is a hard-nosed indictment of humanity's failed stewardship of the earth, the stories that follow tell of catalytic optimism and ecological wisdom in the face of self-destructive habit and blind pride.
 

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To learn more about the ways in which the ecological health of American land is being improved, Ward, a Utah environmental activist, studied three different projects: the Wildlands Project, whose ... Read full review

Contents

Its a Trickster WorldJust Ask Coyote
27
Putting the Wolf at the Door
55
How to Fill Sky Islands with Parrots and Jaguars
69
Making the Map Meaningful
79
Re Wilding Earth
93
Driven by Unquenchable Thirst into the Path
119
From Suicidal Fool to Prophetic HydroHero
127
Dominy
141
Following the Money Through Fear and Loathing
201
White Elephants in the Boneyard of Pride
219
ABOLITION
231
The Perpetual Peril of the Peaceful Atom
245
How the Evil Yellow Ore Returns
253
Activists vs Enablers
280
A Glowing Account of Horatio Algers ABCs
300
Abolition and Precaution 377
317

Diverting Disaster by Inviting Chaos
155
The Draining Debate over Powells
164
A Ridiculous Idea Whose Time Has Come
173
Salmon as Gift or Commodity
189
Epilogue
327
Acknowledgments
339
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Chip Ward is the co-founder of HEAL Utah, Families Against Incinerator Risk, and Citizens Against Chlorine Contamination, and is on the board of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He is the author of Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West (Verso, 1999), a critically acclaimed account of grassroots organizing and citizen activism. He is also the assistant director of the Salt Lake City Public Library System.

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