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If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earthby Helen Caldicott
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Our planet is desperately ill and must be healed. If the human race does not change its present behavior, the ecosphere may be doomed within the next ten years. A renowned anti-nuclear activist for twenty years, Helen Caldicott here turns from the arms race to the race to save the planet, laying out the grim details of ozone depletion, excess energy consumption, pollution, and global warming. The causes: public apathy, corporate greed, and the cynical manipulation of political leaders.
To save the planet we need to change the way we think and behave. Closer contact with, and appropriate reverence for, nature will help to provide simple answers to seemingly complex problems.
If You Love This Planetdescribes in easy-to-understand language the scientific and medical consequences of the greenhouse effect, ozone depletion, deforestation, species extinction, toxic chemical pollution, nuclear waste, food contamination, and the ever-present threat of nuclear war.
Caldicott, a physician by training, also gives us a prescription for cure'"and a cause for hope. We must learn energy efficiency, we must organize politically (voting, she suggests, should be compulsory), and we must hold corporations and governments accountable for their actions. Above all, she says, our fight for the planet will draw its greatest strength from a love for the Earth itself.
Book News Annotation:
A founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Australian physician Caldicott was named one of the most influential women of the 20th century by the Smithsonian Institute. Originally published in 1992, her groundbreaking book about the environmental dangers facing the planet has been thoroughly revised to offer an updated assessment of the current state of the planet. Targeted in particular at American readers, the text examines the symptoms of the planetary ills, and the connections between them; the causes of the problems, including transnational corporations, their influence on politicians, and the role played by media; and simple, relatively inexpensive, and readily available solutions. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"Helen Caldicott has the rare ability to combine science with passion, logic with love, and urgency with humor." --Naomi Klein
From the leader and spokeswoman of the antinuclear movement comes a revised and updated edition of this groundbreaking, widely acclaimed classic. Exploring dangerous global trends such as ozone depletion, global warming, toxic pollution, food contamination, and deforestation, Helen Caldicott presents a picture of our world and the forces that threaten its existence. As always, she gives a prescription for a cure and cause for hope, rallying readers to action with the contention that our fight for the planet will draw its strength from love for the Earth itself.
About the Author
Helen Caldicott is an internationally recognized antinuclear activist, cofounder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and founder of the Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament and the International Physicians to Save the Environment. She lives in Australia.
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