Nature's Allies

Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World

Authors: Nielsen, Larry

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  • A compact book with a powerful impact that shows how lives of passion and perseverance can make a difference for
  • nature, and for people
  • Enhanced with historic—some previously unpublished—photos of the profiled subjects
  • The stories of eight ordinary citizens who brought our world into the environmental age and inspired future generations to carry forward the work of sustaining our earth and ensuring quality of life for its inhabitants, human and otherwise
  • Highlights conservationists with a diverse range of backgrounds to show how individuals can make a difference
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About this book

It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of big environmental challenges—but we need inspiration more than ever. With political leaders who deny climate change, species that are fighting for their very survival, and the planet’s last places of wilderness growing smaller and smaller, what can a single person do? In Nature’s Allies, Larry Nielsen uses the stories of conservation pioneers to show that through passion and perseverance, we can each be a positive force for change.
 
In eight engaging and diverse biographies—John Muir, Ding Darling, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Chico Mendes, Billy Frank Jr., Wangari Maathai, and Gro Harlem Brundtland—we meet individuals who have little in common except that they all made a lasting mark on our world. Some famous and some little known to readers, they spoke out to protect wilderness, wildlife, fisheries, rainforests, and wetlands. They fought for social justice and exposed polluting practices. They marched, wrote books, testified before Congress, performed acts of civil disobedience, and, in one case, were martyred for their defense of nature. Nature’s Allies pays tribute to them all as it rallies a new generation of conservationists to follow in their footsteps.
 
These vivid biographies are essential reading for anyone who wants to fight for the environment against today’s political opposition. Nature’s Allies will inspire students, conservationists, and nature lovers to speak up for nature and show the power of one person to make a difference.  

About the authors

Larry A. Nielsen is Professor of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. He has worked in land grant universities—including earlier tenures Virginia Tech and Penn State—for forty years, as a faculty member and administrator, eventually becoming provost of North Carolina State University before returning to teaching and writing in 2009. He is a Fellow and Past President of the American Fisheries Society. He is author, coauthor, or coeditor of six books, including Ecosystem Management, published by Island Press, and Provost, a memoir and an analysis of university administration. Among many professional service roles, he served on the board of directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment for more than a decade. With Sharon, his wife of forty-seven years, he lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. 


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-11

    Nielsen, Larry A.

  • Earth-Planet, Universe

    Pages 12-37

    Muir, John

  • The Best Friend a Duck Ever Had

    Pages 38-63

    Darling, Ding

  • A Very Large & Important Sumpin

    Pages 64-93

    Leopold, Aldo

  • The Lady Who Started All This

    Pages 94-119

    Carson, Rachel

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  • ISBN 978-1-61091-797-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nature's Allies
Book Subtitle
Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Larry A. Nielsen
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-797-1
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-797-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 255
Number of Illustrations
44 b/w illustrations
Topics