Beyond the Fray: Reshaping America's Environmental Response

Daniel D. Chiras, Author
Daniel D. Chiras, Author Johnson Books $17.95 (210p) ISBN 978-1-55566-067-3
Reviewed on: 03/31/1990
Release date: 04/01/1990
American environmentalism has been found wanting, argues the author, who teaches environmental science at the University of Washington; the movement's goals have been too limited and too dependant on lobbying for laws. Chiras charges that the movement has failed to develop a future because of ties with conservation ideology and its reactionary roots. He advocates individual responsibility and action, warning that we must make profound changes in our attitudes and the way we live. Chiras criticizes mainstream environmental groups for their Madison Ave. approach to soliciting membership and raising funds; they send mixed messages to the public with floods of direct mail printed on non-recycled paper. The author recommends building a sustainable society patterned after nature: recycling, renewing resources, controlling population. He urges flexibility and adaptability in resource management and suggests specific actions for individuals. This is a timely, important book for educators, concerned citizens and public leaders. (July)
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