Hope and Hard Times: Communities, Collaboration and Sustainability

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New Society Publishers, Jan 1, 2010 - Political Science - 336 pages
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More than a dozen years ago, Ted Bernard traveled to nine communities across the United States to meet residents who were working collaboratively to solve natural resource conflicts. While there may have been different perspectives as to process, their common goal was to achieve higher levels of sustainability as vibrant communities. He visited places as diverse as tiny one-mile-square Monhegan Island in Maine and cities as large as Chicago and Chattanooga and, with Jora Young, wrote about his findings in The Ecology of Hope (1997).

Now Bernard has caught up with these communities again, to discover their progress and see what a difference their collaborative conservation has made in fifteen years. Hope and Hard Times chronicles that journey; the successes, the speed bumps, and the remarkable tenacity and persistence of the partnerships and initiatives driving change during exceedingly hard times. Overall, community-based sustainability initiatives have proved resilient, despite the downward-spiraling of the global economy and the looming problems of global climate change. Their quest points to the need for new perceptions of nature and of humankind, more guidance from nature, and less consumption and materialism. They offer advice on how to live on pieces of land without spoiling them.

These narratives offer hopeful roadmaps for other communities who are working toward a sustainable future, and will appeal to community activists, natural resource professionals, educators, and environmentalists.

Ted Bernard is a professor of environmental studies at Ohio University, and co-author of The Ecology of Hope. He lives in the Shade River watershed in southern Ohio.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Hard Times
13
Hard Times
14
Striving For Home Community Collaboration and Sustainability
29
The Journey Back
43
Step Out Boldly Monday Creek Ohio
44
Into the Eighth Generation Monhegan Island Maine
64
Ever Vulnerable The Eastern Shore of Virginia
90
The Eyes of the World Are Upon Us Plumas County California
191
Blowback on Sustainability? Chattanooga Tennessee
215
An Improbable Wilderness Sustaining People and Nature in Chicago
237
Hope
255
Retracing the Path
256
The Sacred Hoop and the Genius That Invents the Future
281
Notes
287
Index
313

Millennia of Resilience The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin
114
Gathering the Borderlands The Sky Islands of the Southwest
138
Healing Relationships Healing Landscapes The Mattole Valley California
165
About the Author
325
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Ted Bernard is a professor of the Environmental Studies Graduate Program at University of Ohio. He is a lifelong environmental activist who has spent over 35 years teaching, writing and organizing for numerous causes. He is the co-author of The Ecology of Hope.

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