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Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement [Paperback]

Mary Lou Finley , John Passacantando , Susanne Moser , Rebecca Gould , Bob Musil , Bill Shutkin , Julia West , Ben Gore , Eban Goodstein , Julian Agyeman , Harriet Bulkeley , Aditya Nochur , Bob Doppelt , William Chaloupka , Kenton de Kirby , Pamela Morgan , Ted Nordhaus , Michael Shellenberger , Christopher McGregory Klyza , David J Sousa , Barry Rabe , Eileen Claussen , Jared Duval , Nathan Wyeth , Jonathan Isham , Sissel Waage , Bill McKibben

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July 30 2007 1597261564 978-1597261562
The evidence is irrefutable: global warming is real. While the debate continues about just how much damage spiking temperatures will wreak, we know the threat to our homes, health, and even way of life is dire. So why isn’t America doing anything? Where is the national campaign to stop this catastrophe?
 
It may lie between the covers of this book. Ignition brings together some of the world’s finest thinkers and advocates to jump start the ultimate green revolution. Including celebrated writers like Bill McKibben and renowned scholars like Gus Speth, as well as young activists, the authors draw on direct experience in grassroots organization, education, law, and social leadership. Their approaches are various, from building coalitions to win political battles to rallying shareholders to change corporate behavior. But they share a belief that private fears about deadly heat waves and disastrous hurricanes can translate into powerful public action.
 
For anyone who feels compelled to do more than change their light bulbs or occasionally carpool, Ignition is an essential guide. Combining incisive essays with success stories and web resources, the book helps readers answer the most important question we all face: “What can I do?”

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It is one thing for citizens to recognize a problem; it is quite another for them to compel legislators to actually do something about it. Like the civil rights and women's campaigns before it, the climate movement, despite its so-called birth with the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, is still in its nascency; and like its forerunners, it, too, must rely heavily on the grassroots efforts of individuals to pressure government at every level, from local to international, to create and enforce the laws and regulations critical to stopping the eco-destruction of the planet. To learn what works and what doesn't in this basic form of activism, the editors have assembled a veritable who's who of scholars, student leaders, and civic officials that includes such environmental heavy hitters as Bill McKibben, Ted Nordhaus, and Jared Duval. The goal is to create a persuasive and constructive handbook designed to turn a groundswell of environmental awareness into a tidal wave of strategic initiatives specifically formulated for twenty-first-century issues and opportunities. Haggas, Carol

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"Ignition is at different times both visionary and very practical...it has lessons for all of those now helping build a true worldwide movement to tackle climate change."
(Mark Lynas Nature Reports)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Contribution Sept. 10 2009
By W. Parish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ignition is one of the most useful books I've read on building the climate movement. It includes important new ideas - strategic and tactical - from key movement leaders and academics and would be useful to anyone interested in solving this critical problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fired up by "Ignition" Sept. 9 2009
By L. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The authors are so clearly passionate about all of the issues that truly matter in fighting the global climate crisis. This is an inspiring read for anyone seeking a strong foundation in the science and economics of the energy challenges we're facing, as well as thoughtful strategies for making a real difference. Great book for long-time and soon-to-be activists.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book to read Sept. 9 2007
By UNFCCC LIBRARY & DOCUMENTATION CENTRE - Published on Amazon.com
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Combining incisive essays with success stories. It shows how to save our planet and fight global warming.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Moral Highground Oct. 14 2007
By Randall W. Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wanted to love this book, because I wanted to find some hope in the matter of global warming. But I couldn't find much within the covers that I would call practical. There is little here to appeal to ordinary citizens. It makes me think of the Federalist Papers, the theoretical arguments in favor of representative government. It just doesn't have a lot to do with ordinary citizens, trying to earn a living and support a family. "Ignition" is probably a great read for theorists, but if your interests lie more in the realm of practical action, rather than theoretical underpinnings, "Ignition" is going to be a tough slog. It surely was for me.

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