Hope Beneath Our Feet Restoring Our Place in the Natural World

ISBN-10: 1556439199
ISBN-13: 9781556439193
Edition: 2010
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Description: The environmental "tipping point" we approach is more palpable each day, and people are seeing it in ways they can no longer ignore-we need only turn on the news to hear the litany of what is wrong around us. Serious reflection, inspiration, and  More...

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List price: $21.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 9/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The environmental "tipping point" we approach is more palpable each day, and people are seeing it in ways they can no longer ignore-we need only turn on the news to hear the litany of what is wrong around us. Serious reflection, inspiration, and direction on how to approach the future are now critical. Hope Beneath Our Feetcreates a space for change with stories, meditations, and essays that address the question, "If our world is facing an imminent environmental catastrophe, how do I live my life right now?" This collection provides tools, both practical and spiritual, to those who care about our world and to those who are just now realizing they need to care. Featuring prominent environmentalists, artists, CEOs, grassroots activists, religious figures, scientists, policy makers, and indigenous leaders,Hope Beneath Our Feetshows readers how to find constructive ways to channel their energies and fight despair with engagement and participation. Presenting diverse strategies for change as well as grounds for hope, the contributors to this anthology celebrate the ways in which we can all engage in beneficial action for ourselves, our communities, and the world.

Barbara Kingsolver was born on April 8, 1955 in Annapolis, Maryland and grew up in Eastern Kentucky. As a child, Kingsolver used to beg her mother to tell her bedtime stories. She soon started to write stories and essays of her own, and at the age of nine, she began to keep a journal. After graduating with a degree in biology form De Pauw University in Indiana in 1977, Kingsolver pursued graduate studies in biology and ecology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She earned her Master of Science degree in the early 1980s. A position as a science writer for the University of Arizona soon led Kingsolver into feature writing for journals and newspapers. Her articles have appeared in a number of publications, including The Nation, The New York Times, and Smithsonian magazines. In 1985, she married a chemist, becoming pregnant the following year. During her pregnancy, Kingsolver suffered from insomnia. To ease her boredom when she couldn't sleep, she began writing fiction Barbara Kingsolver's first fiction novel, The Bean Trees, published in 1988, is about a young woman who leaves rural Kentucky and finds herself living in urban Tucson. Since then, Kingsolver has written other novels, including Holding the Line, Homeland, and Pigs in Heaven. In 1995, after the publication of her essay collection High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, De Pauw University.

Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for "The New York Times Magazine" as well as a contributing editor at "Harper's" magazine. He is the author of two prizewinning books: "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education" & "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder". Pollan lives in Connecticut with his wife & son.

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. Her other bestselling novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eaton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.

Howard Zinn grew up in the immigrant slums of Brooklyn, where he worked in shipyards in his late teens. He saw combat duty as an air force bombardier in World War II, and afterward received his doctorate in history from Columbia University. His first book, "La Guardia in Congress", was an Albert Berveridge Prize winner. In 1956, he moved with his wife and children to Atlanta to become chairman of the history department of Spelman College. He has since written and edited many more books, including A People's History of the United States, SNCC: The New Abolitionist; Disobedience and Democracy; The Politics of History; The Pentagon Papers: Critical Essays; You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times; and The Zinn Reader (Seven Stories Press, 1997). The Spanish-language edition of A People's History of the United States, La otra historia de los Estados Unidos, is due to be released later this year by Seven Stories Press under its Spanish-language imprint, Siete Cuentos Editorial. Zinn is also the author of three plays, Emma, Daughter of Venus, and Marx in Soho. Among the many honors Zinn has received, the most recent is the 1998 Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction. A professor emeritus of political science at Boston University, he lives with his wife, Roslyn, in the Boston area, near their children and grandchildren.

Introduction
What's at Stake
Commencement Address
Awakening to Our Evolutionary Responsibility
The Original Human Vocation
Living with Losing
Humanity's Rite of Passage
Why Bother?
A Way Forward
Letter from the Future
A Way Forward in an Uncertain Future
Living with Purpose in the End Times
Love the Things We Love
Gandhi Then and Now
Inspiring and Sustaining Action Over Time
Taking Single Steps
Dusting Off the Energy Solution in the Basement
Every Day We Choose
With the Turn of a Key, I Can Make a Difference
Shut Up and Vote
One Piece of Paper
A Five-Hundred-Year Plan
Little Steps to Big Leaps
Fight It Head On
Become an Urban Homesteader
To Build a Better Future, Start with a Better Question
Getting Ready for Change
Thinking Like an Island
The World Is Falling Apart! What Should I Do?
Challanging a Corporation to Clean Up Its Act
Nothing Else Matters
The Body of the World
Eyes Wide Open
The Healing Power of Nature
A Sense of Place-A Sense of Self
Body as Place
Morality Is a Somatic Experience
Earth Rights
Indigenous Mind
Balanced Engagement
Wonder: A Practice for Everyday Life
Embodying Change
The World Doesn't Need to Be Saved
What Keeps Me Alive: Making It Real
In the Climate Era the Personal Is Political
Coping with New Realities
Meditations on Living in These Times
Eden Is a Conversation
Fostering Light in Dark Times
From Mourning into Daybreak
Walking Up from Despair
River Gods
Questions for a Sacred Life
To Do the Will of God, Come What May
Hope in Challenging Times
To Endure Climate Chaos, Live Dangerously and Cultivative Hope
Fighting Fatalism about War
Little by Little
The Grandmothers Speak
The Ultimate Miracle Worker
The Challenge of Building Sustainably
The Optimism of Uncertainty
Afterword
Sabbaths: VI
Gratitude
Index
About the Editor
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