Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge
A hopeful journey around the world and across time, illuminating better ways to live with water.
The Sloth Lemur’s Song: Madagascar from the Deep Past to the Uncertain Present
A moving account of Madagascar told by a researcher who has spent over fifty years investigating the mysteries of this remarkable island.
Dawn at Mineral King Valley: The Sierra Club, the Disney Company, and the Rise of Environmental Law
The story behind the historic Mineral King Valley case, which reveals how the Sierra Club battled Disney’s ski resort development and launched a new environmental era in America.
In our current age of climate change–induced panic, it’s hard to imagine a time when private groups were not actively enforcing environmental protection laws in the courts. It wasn’t until 1972, however, that a David and Goliath–esque Supreme Court showdown involving the Sierra Club and Disney set a revolutionary legal precedent for the era of environmental activism we live in today.
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Before you read this book, you have homework to do. Grab a notebook, go outside, and find a nearby patch of nature. What do you see, hear, feel, and smell? Are there bugs, birds, squirrels, deer, lizards, frogs, or fish, and what are they doing? What plants are in the vicinity, and in what ways are they growing? What shape are the rocks, what texture is the dirt, and what color are the bodies of water? Does the air feel hot or cold, wet or dry, windy or still? Everything you notice, write it all down.