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Hope for Animals and Their World

by Jane Goodall with Thane Maynard and Gail Hudson
416 pages, Grand Central Publishing, 2009

Jane Goodall, inspired by Tarzan books, moved to Africa in her twenties to live with and learn about chimpanzees. She is such an icon that she deserves her very own species classification. Her dedication and tireless enthusiasm have not only contributed significantly to our understanding of evolution, but have also served as inspiration for countless others. In her latest book, Hope for Animals and Their World, Goodall magnanimously shines a light on…
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by: Audrey Webb – Autumn 2009

A Little Light Summer Reading?

Earth Island Institute founder David Brower once said, “Have fun saving the world, or you are just going to depress yourself.” If you’re currently needing a laugh, pick up a copy of Mom, Will This Chicken Give Me Man Boobs? Author Robyn…
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by: Audrey Webb – June 18, 2009

Dandelions Just Dandy

My granny often mentioned to me how fond she'd been of the dandelion wine she made every summer on the farm. Today I happened to stumble upon a site that suggests another way to use these common plants. If there is an…
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by: Audrey Webb – June 11, 2009

Remembering Luke Cole

Luke Cole, environmental lawyer, died as the result of an accident in Uganda on June 6. Cole was the executive director of the San Francisco-based Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment. A brilliant lawyer who graduated from Stanford University and Harvard…
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by: Audrey Webb – June 10, 2009

More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want

by Robert Engelman
303 pages, Island Press, 2008

Many people associate the advent of birth control with the introduction of the Pill. Since it was approved for use in 1960, the Pill has caught on quickly – 100 million women worldwide use this form of contraception. Many more than that, however, are sexually active, don’t want to become pregnant, but are not using any form of contraception. Finding ways to regulate fertility has been on women’s minds long before the…
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by: Audrey Webb – Summer 2009

Fuel

Directed by Josh Tickell; Josh Tickell Productions
89 minutes

It would be wonderful if there was no need for Fuel, a feature-length documentary on biodiesel and alternative fuels, to have been made. The world would be a better place if nobody had to watch this film. It’s not that the film is bad – not at all. The movie is well researched, well presented, informative, and inspiring, and has justifiably earned such recognition as The Audience Award from the Sundance Film…
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by: Audrey Webb – Summer 2009

The Division Over Multiplication

Among the growing ranks of the eco-aware, it’s commonly understood that many environmental problems, as well as their solutions, are linked to individuals’ choices. For example, the car you drive contributes to the planet’s level of greenhouse gases. By choosing not to drive a vehicle, you can reduce your contribution to global climate change. Your decision alone cannot reverse the situation, but, with enough people making similar choices, change can be effected.…
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by: Audrey Webb – Summer 2009

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