Why Life Matters

Fifty Ecosystems of the Heart and Mind

Authors: Tobias, Michael Charles, Morrison, Jane Gray

  • Interviews conducted by ecology luminaries Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison
  • An accessible trade book that gives solid background to beginning readers and important insights to experienced ecologists and environmentalists
  • Essays can be read one at a time and form an enlightening whole
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About this book

Dr. Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison are world-renowned ecological philosophers and activists, interdisciplinary social and environmental scientists and broad-ranging, deeply committed humanists. This collection of fifty essays and interviews comprises an invigorating, outspoken, provocative and eloquent overview of the ecological humanities in one highly accessible volume. The components of this collection were published in the authors’ "Green Conversations" blog series, and pieces in the Eco News Network from 2011 to 2013 and feature luminaries from Jane Goodall to Ted Turner to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution to the former head of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Stunning color photographs captured by the authors and contributors make Why Life Matters: Fifty Ecosystems of the Heart and Mind a feast for the eyes as well as the mind and soul.

Ethics, science, technology, ecological literacy, grass-roots renaissance thinkers, conservation innovation from the U.S. to the U.K.; from India to Ecuador; from Bhutan to Haiti; from across Africa, the Neo-Tropics, Central Asia and Japan, to Rio, Shanghai and Manhattan – this humanistic ode to the future of life on earth is a relevant and resonating read.

Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, partners who between them have authored some 50 books and written, directed and produced some 170 films, a prolific body of work that has been read, translated and/or broadcast around the world, have been married for more than a quarter-of-a-century. Their field research across the disciplines of comparative literature, anthropology, the history of science and philosophy, ecology and ethics, in over 80 countries, has served as a telling example of what two people – deeply in love with one another – can accomplish in spreading that same unconditional love to others – of all species.

About the authors

Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, partners who between them have authored some 50 books and written, directed and produced some 170 films, a prolific body of work that has been read, translated and/or broadcast around the world, have been married for more than a quarter-of-a-century. Their field research across the disciplines of comparative literature, anthropology, the history of science and philosophy, ecology and ethics, in over 80 countries, has served as a telling example of what two people – deeply in love with one another – can accomplish in spreading that same unconditional love to others – of all species.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“Why Life Matters is an incredibly eclectic and outstanding book … and an easy read. … I highly recommend them for a broad audience who is interested in human and animal behavior and detailed and credible discussions of many timely topics that are presented in a style so that non-experts can understand them. I also highly recommend them for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in which open discussion is encouraged and appreciated.” (Marc Bekoff, psychologytoday.com, November, 2014)

Table of contents (51 chapters)

  • Technology, Business and Nature: An Economic Primer on Winners and Losers

    Tobias, Michael Charles (et al.)

    Pages 3-5

  • Women, Wall Street and Mitigating Climate Change: The Critical Importance of WOCAN

    Tobias, Michael Charles (et al.)

    Pages 7-11

  • The New Business of Business: Evolution of Culture and The Survival of Humankind

    Tobias, Michael Charles (et al.)

    Pages 13-18

  • Wall Street After Rio: A Discussion with Calvert Investments’ Senior Sustainability Research Analyst, Ms. Ellen Kennedy

    Tobias, Michael Charles (et al.)

    Pages 19-24

  • Investing in the End Game? An EarthDay Post-Mortem

    Tobias, Michael Charles (et al.)

    Pages 25-31

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-07860-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $29.99
price for USA
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-07859-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $29.99
price for USA
valid through November 5, 2017
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 11, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35466-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why Life Matters
Book Subtitle
Fifty Ecosystems of the Heart and Mind
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Authors
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-07860-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-07860-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-07859-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35466-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 419
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations, 248 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Essays and interviews previously published by Forbes.com and Eco News Network, 2010 - 2013
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