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Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times. By Zoe Weil. By the cofounder and President of the International Institute for Humane Education, this book teaches parents how to raise their children to be humane in the broadest sense – to become not only more compassionate in their interactions with family and friends, but to grow up to make life choices that demonstrate respect for the environment, other species, and all people. The book includes chapters for early, middle, teenage, and young adult years, as well as activities, issue sidebars, cases, tips, and profiles. As Kindle | More… | Zoe Weil EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Aquarian Conspiracy. By Marilyn Ferguson. The Aquarian Conspiracy describes the activities of a network of leading-edge thinkers, businesspeople, scientists and politicians who are working to create a new kind of society. More...

Awakening Earth. By Duane Elgin. Just as there are distinct stages that characterize the development of an individual, so too are there stages in the development of our species as we move toward a planetary-scale civilization. This book brings together views from science and spirituality, East and West, the practical and the visionary to present a new picture of human evolution. It explores the human journey from the initial awakening of hunter-gatherers roughly 35,000 years ago, through the agrarian era and industrial revolution, and then goes on to describe three additional stages of development essential for realizing our maturity as a global species-civilization. More... | Duane Elgin EcoSpeakers Info >>

Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering. By Guy Dauncey. Factory farms, habitat destruction, animal product testing, the abuse and neglect of companion animals, the illegal trade in endangered species, all create unnecessary suffering for animals. Extensively researched and drawing on practical examples from around the world, this book provides a voice for animals and for the humans who have dedicated their lives to building a sustainable future for all species. More…

The Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values. Edited by Linda Kalof and Terre Satterfield. Offers analyses of critical developments in environmental values, bringing together the most influential scholarship in the field. Provides students with a framework for understanding the intellectual progress and future development of the study of environmental values. Emphasizes that environmental values must be understood not only as economic, cost-benefit or "willingness to pay" considerations, but also as normative principles fundamental to behavior and management practices. More...

The Environmental Case: Translating Values Into Policy. By Judith Layzer. Gives readers a unique, first-hand feel for some of the most interesting and illuminating controversies in U.S. environmental policymaking. Includes the disaster at Love Canal, the dispute over snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, and the global warming debate. Covers the spectrum of environmental issues, from habitat conservation through air and water pollution and overfishing to environmental justice and urban growth management. More...

Environmental Ethics: Intercultural Perspectives. Edited by King-Tak Ip. These nine essays explore the foundations of environmental ethics in the Western philosophical tradition as well as from the religious perspectives of Christianity, Islam, Daoism, and Buddhism. Proposes morally responsible attitudes towards nature and the environment. More...

Environmental Justice. By Bunyan Bryant. Leading thinkers of the environmental justice movement look at the failure of "top down" public policy. Provides a startling look at social and environmental problems and charts a course for action. As Kindle | More...

Getting to the Source. By Ross McCluney. The history of environmental awareness has been punctuated by stunning essays from a variety of environmental writers, from Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson to E.O. Wilson and Daniel Quinn. Getting to the Source contains a rich collection of thirty essays from the literature on environmental values. The contributions were selected for their relevance to the philosophical and ethical aspects of the subject, for their eloquence in expressing Earth values, and for their special insights and understanding of what we must do to create a sustainable future for humanity. More... | Ross McCluney EcoSpeakers Info >>

A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future. By Roger S. Gottlieb. In a time of darkening environmental prospects, frightening religious fundamentalism, and moribund liberalism, the remarkable and unprecedented rise of religious environmentalism is a profound source of hope. A Greener Faith chronicles the promises of this important movement, illuminating its principal ideas, leading personalities, and ways of connecting care for the earth with justice for human beings. Highly engaging and passionately argued, it is an indispensable resource for everyone concerned about the future. As Kindle | More... | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect. By Paul Ehrlich. Why do we behave the way we do? In this wide-ranging survey of what it is that makes us human, Ehrlich touches on a number of themes - among them, his recurrent observation that science has taught us little about how genes influence human behavior. He urges that scientists take a larger, interdisciplinary view that looks beyond mere genetics to the larger forces that shape our lives. It is a work of synthesis and scholarship as well as a primer on genetics and evolution, and it makes complex scientific concepts accessible. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change. By Roger S. Gottlieb. Explores the values religion and progressive politics bring to their respective spheres and their potential to offer a common vision in addressing a range of issues, including human rights, the environment, globalization, and world poverty. As Kindle | More... | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

Liberating Faith: Religious Voices for Justice, Peace, and Ecological Wisdom. By Roger S. Gottlieb. This sweeping anthology shows how religion has joined with and learned from movements for social justice, peace, and ecological wisdom. It surveys the entire range of religious social activism, from liberation theology and feminist religion to ecotheology and peace activism. It includes position papers, denominational statements, manifestos, rituals, prayers, biographical accounts, and journalistic descriptions of real world struggles, beginning with a survey of ethical teachings from traditional sources. More... | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

Living Legacies: How to Write, Illustrate, and Share Your Life Stories. By Duane Elgin and Coleen Ledrew. Creating stories allows people to see and honor their connection to older and younger generations. Through such writing, individuals not only communicate the meaning and spirit of their lives to their loved ones but also gain perspective on the larger world. More… | Duane Elgin EcoSpeakers Info >>

Of Paradoxes, Metaphors, and Lessons. By Chris Maser. Looks at our world through relationships personal and global. His questions for the Great Mystery spring from interactions within the human web. He nudges us to our own questions for the Universe, which will point each of us toward our own truth, and asks us to have the courage and humility to find that truth. As Kindle | More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology. Edited by Roger S. Gottlieb. In the face of the environmental crisis, believers from all faith traditions have come to recognize that religion's relation to ecology is of critical importance. Vital new theologies and ecologically oriented visions of God, Enlightenment, and human beings have arisen. Religious morality has expanded to include human relations to other species and ecosystems. Religious leaders and institutions have committed themselves to a new green gospel, and in countless places across the globe people engage in environmental activism for religious reasons. More… | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

Path for Greatness: Work as Spiritual Service. By Linda Ferguson. This book is about seeing our work as central to our spiritual growth. It outlines ways that our work is done in spiritual service to others. More… | Linda Ferguson EcoSpeakers Info >>

Radical Philosophy: Tradition, Counter-Tradition, Politics. By Roger S. Gottlieb. Essays by the leading figures in contemporary radical philosophy, this provocative collection defines for the first time the boundaries and accomplishments of a body of work deeply critical of both the philosophical and social dimensions of domination. The contributors draw on diverse traditions and movements, including feminism, critical theory, Marxism, deconstruction, democratic socialism, theories of race and ethnicity, deep ecology, and politicized spirituality. More... | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

Rattling The Cage. By Steven M. Wise. Are animals more than property? In this unprecedented yet long-awaited book, Steven Wise finally breaks through the wall that has separated non-humans from human animals for centuries. As Kindle | More...

Reworking Success. By Robert Theobald. An eloquent call by futurist Robert Theobald for fundamental social change to deal with the overwhelming challenges facing humankind at the start of the new millennium. More...

Shards & Circles: Artistic Adventures in Spirit and Ecology. By Daniel Dancer. As his stories unfold, Daniel Dancer reflects on spirituality, indigenous knowledge, quantum physics, psychology, and ecological principles. Humor, synchronicity, delight, and heartfelt struggle are all present in these tales. The result is a breath of wholeness, a gift for our apocalyptic times and for a culture that has forgotten its connection to nature. Entertaining, full of surprise at every turn, and beautifully illustrated, Shards & Circles helps map the way home to our authentic selves. More… | Daniel Dancer EcoSpeakers Info >>

A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth. By Roger S. Gottlieb. This powerful book speaks to anyone who has ever wondered how to be happy when there is so much suffering in the world – anyone who seeks a peaceful heart in a dark time. Its unique combination of spiritual insight, political commitment, and environmental knowledge reveals the ties between spiritual aspiration and ecological activism. By connecting personal fulfillment to activism, it shows how a peaceful heart is only possible if we devote some of our energies to resisting the forces of destruction. More... | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Stork and the Plow: The Equity Answer to the Human Dilemma. By Paul Ehrlich, Anne Ehrlich, and Gretchen C. Daily. Focusing on the issue of equity (between nations, classes, and genders), this book confronts the nexus of population, environmental decline, and global resource control. It looks at the interaction between population size and food supply, and offers strategies for achieving a balance between the two. These strategies include improving the status of women, reducing racism and religious prejudice, reforming the agricultural system, and shrinking the growing gap between rich and poor. More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings. By John Seed, Joanna Macy, and Pat Fleming. This book of readings, meditations, rituals and workshop notes prepared on three continents provides a context for ritual identification with the natural environment. As relevant today as when it was originally published in 1988, this classic of the sustainability movement helps us experience our place in the web of life - rather than at the apex of some human-centered pyramid. An important deep ecology educational tool for activist, school and religious groups, it can also be used for personal reflection. More... | John Seed EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Whispering Pond. By Ervin Laszlo. In this highly original and breath-takingly argued book, Laszlo produces a new view of the cosmos, an interconnected, all-embracing cosmos of which we are part. More...

The World Is In My Garden: A Journey Of Consciousness. By Chris Maser. Based on the simple premise that a private garden is a metaphor for everything, including the ecological, social, personal, and spiritual realms. Chris and Zane Maser develop the metaphor in a rich way. Chris is an environmental scientist and activist who has worked around the world to protect and preserve the world’s ecosystems. The Masers show us how to connect a simple personal act (the home garden) to larger issues. Written with passion, warmth, and deep understanding, it is a book that teaches us how to live a more balanced life. As Kindle | More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

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