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Hands on Environmentalism [Paperback]

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 27, 2005
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1594030855  
EAN  9781594030857  

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Advocates civic environmentalism as a corrective to flawed American regulatory policies and traces the history of the environmental movement, presenting success stories exemplifying personal responsibility and local control.

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The political environmentalism of the past 35 years was born of necessity: business as usual was not protecting the air, water and land. Brent Haglund and Thomas Still believe that the regulatory actions of the 1960s and 1970s were essential medicine for a careless society. But over time, the cure became something of a disease itself, a command-and-control system that widened the gulf between people and the natural world they live in. Writing for those who want to move past the environmental nanny state and reach the next level of stewardship, Haglund and Still describe a "civic environmentalism" based on local control, personal responsibility, government accountability and economic opportunity. They offer success stories demonstrating that civic environmentalism works. In Louisiana, private landowners formed the Black Bear Conservation Committee to restore the black bear from near extinction while avoiding an endangered species designation that would have constricted property rights. In Arizona, the White Mountain Apache tribe uses income from hunting licenses to fund an innovative wildlife management program that fosters economic development. In Wisconsin, the last dam was removed from the Baraboo River after the River Alliance brought landowners and governmental agencies together to promote change without polarizing lawsuits. HANDS-ON ENVIRONMENTALISM shows how to find voluntary, enduring solutions to environmental problems apart from heavy-handed governmental intervention.

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A few good points beneath a lengthy rant  May 15, 2006
Hands-On Environmentalism caricatures a villain that is a composite of stereotypes of ineffective bureaucrats and inflammatory activists. The book seems confused about what environmentalism is and doesn't devote due attention to the solutions it touts.
Clearly, a centralized bureaucracy that has little stake in success and limited local presence is a poor solution to most problems. Equally clearly, those who choose environmentalism as the fleeting vehicle for adolescent rebellion generally succeed in little more than rebelling. The authors dwell too long on this.
Haglund and Still suggest that many environmentalists don't care about solving problems and those who do care don't know how to. They also discuss several groups of people who identify problems related to natural resources and then go about solving them. People have been solving local environmental problems since before anyone coined the term "environmentalism". What should we call people committed to understanding the natural world and solving environmental problems, if not environmentalists?
The book includes a number of case studies, which are fairly well-researched. These vignettes summarize problems solved through community involvement, but are short on detail and (after a lengthy treatment at the beginning of the book) return to attacking government and activists.
Despite what the authors state, environmentalism based on problem-solving, resource management, and stakeholder involvement has been taught in universities for years. The authors of this book are not the only people who have ever read Aldo Leopold. I would stick with A Sand County Almanac, and pass on Hands-On Environmentalism.
Our Environmental American Revolution   Feb 6, 2006
My hunch is this book will put off a lot of committed environmentalists and give a little too much comfort to those who don't really care about environmental issues very much. But, the folks in between those two polls will find the book encouraging; even inspiring. That probably amounts to about 80% of the people we know in the real world.

The authors' position that the government has been too "coercive" about environmental protection is a little too easy in the current political climate. Just think about this for a few moments. We're hearing the same kind of thing from the slickest politicians of our time.

I believe Theordore Roosevelt, our first environmentalist president, had a better idea. "The government is us. We are the government, you and I," he famously said. Let's work to make it so.

So, here's a more realistic starting point. It comes right out of this book! The authors concede in the early pages of the book that government regulation was necessary in the 60s and 70s. We needed a good push. Times have changed. Nowadays, they figure we can ease up. Loosen the rein. Let the civic partnerships assume more responsibility. Good point!

Maybe we've been living something of an environmental American Revolutionary War since the 60s and 70s. The war began back then. It's been a long hard fight. Today, we're beginning to write our environmental constitution. There's plenty of work to be done.

Everyone wants more freedom. That's a no-brainer. But, we also need an effective system checks and balances to protect our rights. For example, now we see that our citizens have a right to a clean environment.

After these checks and balance are put into place, we'll need to try them out. Amendments and new interpretations are likely. We've done this before. Mother Nature works like this, too.

One of these new interpretations is the idea that the power and responsiblity to protect our environment ought to be shared more widely. Civic partnerships, for example. That's where this book steps onto the stage. There are many many good stories in here about civic efforts that work and work very well.

The authors remind us in the last few pages that we still need to take more civic responsiblity and they are hopeful about our willingness to do so. Another good point!

The Environmental Book of the Year  Nov 18, 2005
Hands on Environmentalism is the environmental book of the year. In time it may prove to be more than that. This book tells an important story and it tells it without the preaching from on high that too often is the hallmark of this field. Instead it tells the story that improving the envornment is not someone else's problem, not exclusively the role of the government, but gives real world and contextual examples of how our communities, our businesses, landowners, individuals and even government can act to improve environmental quality. This is a must read for professionals as well as people interested in the environment.
An intriguing survey of volunteer efforts which are making a difference  Nov 8, 2005
The last few decades of environmental activity were important and needed - but over time these activities became dated and have needed revision. Any who want to reach the next level of environmental stewardship will find Hands-On Environmentalism key to building new strategies: the authors promote 'civil environmentalism' based on local issues, control, and economics, and provide examples from real-world success stories across the country. An intriguing survey of volunteer efforts which are making a difference.

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