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Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement Paperback – Jul 30 2007

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press (July 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597261564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597261562
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,995,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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


"This diverse and unfailingly astute group of authors shows how global warming affects us all and how we can all help fight it. Read this book. Join the movement. You'll make a profitable investment in your future, in our planet, and in prosperity."
(L. Hunter Lovins President and founder, Natural Capitalism, Inc.)

"A spark-plug for the emerging climate movement, this book inspires, shapes, motivates, and empowers! Ignition helps transform our baby steps into mature, fresh, energetic, and unswerving strides."
(Prof. Calvin B. DeWitt University of Wisconsin-Madison and President, Academy of Evangelical Scientists)

"Ignition assembles some of the movement's best thinkers and most promising strategies, and one can begin to see how all the pieces add up to something that just might work. This is a crucial handbook for anyone who wants to be part of the solution."
(Billy Parish co-founder of the Energy Action Coalition)

"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."
(Nature Reports)

"Global warming is depressing. Ignition is not. In fact, it's hopeful, sometimes irreverent, and always inspiring. Its authors 'get it'! They understand that combating climate change is a long-term struggle that will require determination, political savvy, and even a little bit of humor."
(Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand filmmakers, "Everything's Cool" and "Blue Vinyl")

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HASH(0xa15ec324) 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ab8750) 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
HASH(0xa12b196c) out of 5 stars A good book to read Sept. 9 2007
Format: Paperback
Combining incisive essays with success stories. It shows how to save our planet and fight global warming.
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HASH(0xa17ea0f0) 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.