Can profits, people and place
co-exist in harmony? Does conservation of nature necessarily mean a
loss of jobs?
With globalization spreading relentlessly throughout the world, such
questions become more and more urgent as ecosystems everywhere are stressed
to the point of collapse. Acts of Balance deals head-on with
this crisis by examining a number of case studies from different sectors
of the Pacific Northwest and coming up with some surprising answers.
For example, it explodes the 'spotted owl' myth - which predicted a
massive loss of jobs following logging reductions designed to save the
spotted owl - showing that employment and economic activity in fact
increased. Similarly, the book shows that future job opportunities exist
when local residents steward their resource base, not when non-locals
have the power to plunder it.
Acts of Balance concludes that community-based development -
centered on smaller, ecologically based economies - is more likely to
ensure a high quality of life and environment, and calls for a concerted
effort by government, industry and activists to redirect development
"Grant Copeland is one of my eco-heroes. His call for an end to the
perverse subsidies that are destroying the very things that give us
life must be heard as we prepare to enter the Ecological Millennium."
-- David Suzuki, ecologist, author, and broadcaster
About the Author
Grant Copeland was an environmental and economic planning consultant
in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. He worked for several levels
of government, and for First Nations. He was a founding director of
the Valhalla Society in British Columbia. Grant Copeland passed away
in December 1999.