Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist Paperback – Dec 15 2010
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In an engaging and entertaining style, Moore chronicles the exhilarating early days of Greenpeace, its roots in Vancouver, its improbable victories, its meagre budget, its brushes with disaster on the high seas, the media circus, and its meteoric rise to global celebrity. From stopping nukes to saving whales, the whole story is here.
But the book does not stop with tales of the Greenpeace glory days. Moore wades into the political morass that engulfed them when the organization's growth went wild. We read about how the movement nearly failed, how it emerged in its current form, and the forces that caused Greenpeace to take increasingly extreme positions.
A scientist with a Ph.D. in Ecology, Moore explains passionately his commitment to reason, which put him at odds with an increasingly ideologically driven Greenpeace. They were 'against' many things, but offered few practical solutions to the planet's challenges. Moore illuminates readers on how and why a movement about saving the planet has become, as he writes, "anti-human."
Moore takes on one activist myth after another, debunking spurious claims with facts and arguments, offering readers an education on key topics from forestry to fish farming. For example, there's a brilliant exposé of the trumped up hysteria over the planet's supposedly irreversible march toward mass species extinction, which he shows to be based on statistical wizardry and dubious assumptions.Read more ›
Should be compulsory reading for all our politicians, students, NGOs, and all environmental zealots and others, and just about everybody else interested in our future.
Congratulations to Patrick Moore for writing a courageous, intelligent, frank and insightful history and vision of being a 'greenie" and then finding a way of being a "sensible environmentalist". Powerful, as it is from someone who was on "the other side".
Quite brilliant, really.
Confessions can be split into two parts of about equal length. The first is primarily an insider's look at the exciting and revolutionary, for the time, birth and growth of Greenpeace, from the initial brave forays to stop surface testing of nuclear weapons to more recent campaigns such as the initiative seeking a global ban on chlorine. Sadly, the account ends with Greenpeace's descent into junk science which the author, a trained scientist, could not bear and lead to his "dropout" from the organization. Happily, Dr. Moore shows little, if any, bitterness or inclination to settle old scores.
The second half of the book is a chapter by chapter examination of environmental issues from salmon farming to genetically engineered crops all presented from a "sensible" perspective which more often than not challenges the dogma of environmental organizations like Greenpeace and The Sierra Club. The chapter on climate change alone is worth the price of admission. If you have been following this issue through mainstream media and accept the oft quoted dictum "the science is settled" be prepared for some revealing surprises. This is not to suggest Dr. Moore is a climate change denier. He is not.
The book is a comfortable read even with the modicum of scientific data and graphs unavoidably included in the second half.Read more ›
You need to read this book draw your own conclusions and then share it with your friends.
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I don't remember reading any book that showed more respect for the audience. Dr Moore has that rare ability....to convey a complex subject in an understandable manner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by garret seinen
Patrick Moore has a tremendous book here, as one who initially was one of the Greenpeace group who later came to realize that many of the group were merely activists who were going... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Floyd W Gunter
Interesting history and ideas. Even if you don't agree with everything he addresses it makes you think more critically about many environmental issues. Read morePublished 20 months ago by SEan
A must read if you wonder about the truth on the green movement and how it has lost it's way to greed, hypocracy and self serving lies and where some groups like greenpeace cause... Read morePublished on Dec 19 2012 by Jo Oil
I always thought I was well-informed on issues and realistic in my dedication to the environment. This book reminded me that there is always more to know and many sides to a... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2012 by Galen C
Patrick Moore should win an environmental prize for his level headed and scientific approach to environmental issues. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2012 by Ian Clark
Patrick Moore brings a wonderful perspective to a world consumed in green rhetoric. He brings a balanced book with scientific evidence to support his conclusions. Read morePublished on May 29 2012 by sfwalsh
Finally, a balanced view, free of the hyperbole of the war between Environmentalists and Industry. People trapped in the dogma of hysterical environmentalism may attempt to... Read morePublished on March 20 2012 by The Amazonian Gopher
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