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At a time of widespread environmental pessimism, Hope's Horizon goes on an inspirational offensive. In this entertaining and thought-provoking book, author Chip Ward tells of his travels among a new generation of activists who are moving beyond defensive environmental struggles and advocating pioneering, proactive strategies for healing the land.
Chip Ward's three-year odyssey took him behind the scenes of efforts to reconnect fragmented habitats and "re-wild" the North American continent; the campaign to drain Lake Powell and restore Glen Canyon to its natural state; and the struggle to keep nuclear waste off Western Shoshone ancestral lands and, ultimately, to abolish all nuclear power and weapons. These movements, and the practical visionaries leading them, challenge readers with a new paradigm in which land is used in a spirit of collaboration with natural systems rather than domination of them. Broad in its sweep, Hope's Horizon uses its topical subjects as springboards for exploring how we can redefine our place in the world while restoring damaged habitats, replenishing lost diversity, and abandoning harmful technologies.
Lively, literate, and free of the grimness that characterizes so much environmental writing, Hope's Horizon will change the way readers see the world. It makes complicated concepts and issues accessible, and wild ideas compelling. And while the book's starting point is a hard-nosed indictment of humanity's failed stewardship of the earth, the stories that follow tell of catalytic optimism and ecological wisdom in the face of self-destructive habit and blind pride.
"Hope's Horizon is an engrossing, even wonderful, secret history of contemporary environmentalism."
Washington Post Book World
"an engaging and informative ecology book with a rare positive outlook."
"Chip Ward writes about problems of great import with wit and charm...he is a highly intelligent, morally determined man who knows what he is talking about."
Deseret Morning News
"Hope's Horizon tells us not to deny those crazy thoughts we have about changing the world. In fact, those thoughts are what change the world—they are the first green sprigs of a flower pushing through the spring soil....This book would make a good gift for someone who is learning about the environmental movement and might be inspired by personal, compelling stories of change."
"Hope's Horizon is a lively and often downright poetic acount of an emerging movement for conservation."
David Johns, Portland State University, President, The Wildlands Project
"A must-read for all who seek a safe energy future."
Harvey Wasserman, author of "Harvey Wasserman's History of the United States"
Prologue: Diving into Soup for Fun and Profit: Hubris and Progress in a Pothole
PART I. Reconnection
Chapter 1. Keeping Track, Watching Hawks
Chapter 2. It's a Trickster World-Just Ask Coyote
Chapter 3. Putting the Wolf at the Door
Chapter 4. How to Fill Sky Islands with Parrots and Jaguars
Chapter 5. Making the Map Meaningful
Chapter 6. ReWilding Earth
Chapter 7. I Used to Stomp on Grasshoppers, but Oysters Made Me Stop
PART II. Restoration
Chapter 1. Flash Flood: Driven by Unquenchable Thirst into the Path of Danger
Chapter 2. Flashback: From Suicidal Fool to Prophetic Hydro-Hero, John Wesley Powell's Strange Trip Downriver
Chapter 3. Dammed If You Do, Damned If You Don't: Dominy vs. Brower
Chapter 4. Faux Flood: Diverting Disaster by Inviting Chaos
Chapter 5. Flash Forward: The Draining Debate over Powell's Dead Body
Chapter 6. A Ridiculous Idea Whose Time Has Come
Chapter 7. Fire in the Water: Salmon as Gift or Commodity
Chapter 8. Following the Money Through Fear and Loathing
Chapter 9. White Elephants in the Boneyard of Pride
PART III. Abolition
Chapter 1. First, They Killed John Wayne
Chapter 2. The Perpetual Peril of the Peaceful Atom
Chapter 3. How the Evil Yellow Ore Returns
Chapter 4. Activists vs. Enablers
Chapter 5. A Glowing Account of Horatio Alger's ABCs
Chapter 6. Abolition and Precaution