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This Moment on Earth: Today's New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

John Kerry , Teresa Heinz Kerry , Dick Hill


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1 April 2007
Senator John Kerry and his wife, the philanthropist Teresa Heinz, take an inspiring look at the ways in which individuals and organizations are working to change the environment for the better. In this inspirational new book, long-time environmental champions John and Teresa Kerry travel through America to celebrate some of the innovative pioneers, who are determined, as individuals, small groups, whole towns and even cities, to change their environment for the better. The chapters move from the Glacier National Park to the Powder River Basin, from the mesas of New Mexico to the South Bronx. It yokes together the story of what one person can achieve (i.e. the doctor who stopped the power station), to those responding to the greatest challenge of our era: global warming. The book shows how the more people gather together, the greater their potential achievement while at the same time confronting the scale of the environmental menace we face if we take no action. From Atlantic oceanographers to hunters in Idaho, toxicologists to ranchers, Teresa and John Kerry show that there is a vibrant coalition of interests determined through ingenuity, technology and sheer will power to save the world they know and love. Combining cutting-edge research with keenly observed personal experiences, it presents a picture of people determined to save their country - its flora and fauna, woods and forests, rivers and streams, glaciers and ground wells, its natural diversity and spectacular uniqueness.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400104386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400104383
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 16.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,562,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry have written a book that is a profound challenge to all of us but contains - in the examples of the men and women who are fighting the great fight for a better future for our environment - the clear hope that if we can embrace their resourcefulness, determination, and essential patriotism, we will prevail." --Former Vice President Al Gore --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Kerry has served four terms Senator of Massachusetts, and in 2005 was Democratic nominee for President of the United States. A graduate of Yale and Boston College Law School, he is also a US Navy veteran who was decorated with 3 purple hearts for service in Vietnam. He has been praised as one of the leading environmentalists in the Senate. Teresa Heinz Kerry is chairman of the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Heinz Family Philanthropies, which are widely known for developing innovative strategies for protecting the environment and improving education and the lives of young children. Teresa has received numerous awards for her work, including the Albert Schweitzer award for Humanitarianism. John and Teresa's mutual interest in environmental issues brought them together in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and they married in 1995. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  46 reviews
261 of 300 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was disappointed briefly, then greatly inspired 27 Mar 2007
By David Michaelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was surprisingly inspired by John and Teresa Heinz Kerry's new book, This Moment on Earth. This inspiration snuck up on me around the third chapter. Prior to that, I found the book good, well worth reading, but a little bit like just one more book outlining what humans are doing wrong. Starting around the third chapter I realized I was referring to the book in several conversations and several blog diaries and that several of the people and organizations featured in the book I mentally filed away as worth looking into for future political connections, diaries and general research.

In short, almost without my realizing it, John Kerry's book was getting into my brain and inspiring me. The book starts a bit dull but by the end is excellent.

The book was billed as the next step in the evolution of the environmental debate. I was ready for a book that took as given the problems and focused primarily on solutions. And, on exactly the same day I started This Moment on Earth I was reading the February 9th issue of Science, America's most respected scientific journal. And in that issue, the scientific community was doing exactly what John Kerry seemed to be proposing...The overwhelming consensus of scientists, as reported in Science, is that anthropogenic (human-caused) warming is happening and the most optimistic scenarios are not the most likely scenarios. We are in for a rough ride and the time is now to accept the problem and move on to solutions. Shift the debate, people. Let's talk what to DO ABOUT IT.

I was ready for John Kerry's book to carry the same theme...it is time to take as given the problem and move on to solutions.

That isn't quite what I got. And at first I was disappointed. As I read the first two chapters I felt I was reading yet another book that outlined the problem with perhaps a little more emphasis placed on solutions and how individuals and small groups are empowering themselves to fight back.

But by the third chapter I found I was taking the most notice of exactly what the Kerrys WANTED me to notice the most: the people who are fighting back. I think it was the case of Majora Carter and Sustainable South Bronx that finally made me realize that this book was inspiring me because I immediately decided she'd be perfect as an invited speaker for a political group I am involved with. The example of Riverkeeper, where ex-marines decided to patrol our nation's waterways to protect them from polluters, was another "wow" moment. Even radio personality Don Imus and his wife, Deidre, come off inspiring in This Moment on Earth, something I never imagined I'd say. And Chapter 7, discussing energy policy, is the best chapter, showing how right here and now, using existing technology, the city of Portland, OR, as well as companies like Texas Instruments and DuPont are doing EXACTLY what needs to be done to reduce carbon emissions...and doing it while creating jobs and saving money. Chapter 7 shows us that there remain NO EXCUSES for America to continue to avoid taking a leadership role in stopping global warming. All that we lack...is the political leadership on a national level. Kerry shows us that locally there has been considerable leadership by both Democrats and Republicans. But nationally Bush has led us down a path that leads nowhere and that has ceded economic ingenuity to other nations.

Put all this together and you may not have the next step in the evolution of the environmental debate, but you certainly have one more important step forward and one that might have a wider appeal than previous books in this genre.

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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you review it, try reading it first! 23 April 2007
By W. P. Strange - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am constantly amazed at the vitriol whenever a politician writes a book. Opnions come down on ideological extremes wanting to praise it instantly if the politico is liked, or panned with acid reviews if he's in the other party.

Face it, this is an interesting book. Not the best book on the subject of the environment, but Kerrys' opinions do reflect intelligent thought. To be condemned for their lifestyle and ignore what they are trying to say shows that the reviewer hasn't read the book. i think there is a hypocritical envy of the wealth the Kerry's have because they are democrats and the reviewer is a rightwing ideologue. But if this was a book by, say Cheney, he'd be praised and his obscene wealth and plutocratic politics will be ignored.

Be fair, read the book for the opinions and ideas, weigh them with your own thoughts and beliefs and in all honesty a serious reader and reviewer can always find something worthwhile.

The environment is becoming a more and more important issue and it shouldn't be viewed through soley political ideology. As a country, together we can make progress, but if we are constantly arguing because the idea comes from the other side of the aisle nothing good will ever happen. Compromise, discussion and reason should win in the end.
117 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 27 Mar 2007
By Uncle Sam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Well put together, bipartisan book. It covers far more than just global warming, and stresses the importance of fixing the problem ASAP. It includes solutions everyone can use. Everyone should read this book.
71 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Book with Hope for Life and the Environment 29 Mar 2007
By Carl O. Helvie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a nurse with a doctorate in public health I have worked with public health and environmental health issues for most of my 55-year career. The last few years have been the most depressing for me and many of my colleagues because of the abuse of the environment (food, air, water) to the point of endangering life as we know it and a feeling that no one was paying attention or caring about or for the environment. Those who did speak out spoke with a defeatist attitude that nothing could be done or that no problem existed when the scientific data differed. Thus, I was ready for some encouraging news. And this book did not let me down. Not only was it encouraging it was inspiring by showing how individuals and groups are doing their part to make this a better world for ours and future generations.

Numerous examples cited in the book of what individuals and organizations are doing to heal the environment reminded me of a book by another Congressman, former Congressman John Kasick, who wrote a book about people who" bring life and hope to the aged, the homeless, the helpless, sick and dying...They do God's work on this earth." In a similar vein, Theresa and John's inspirational book gives examples of people who are doing God's work to preserve our environment for this and future generations. From the Riverkeeper to Don Imus and his wife, to companies like Texas Instrument and Dupont to the city of Portland, Oregon--at all levels from individual to organizations to cities individuals and groups are doing their part to improve the environment. The examples presented show it can be done and there is no excuse for The United States not moving forward to reduce global warming and heal the environment. Although there has been local leadership the missing ingredient is national leadership.

I thank Theresa and John for a book that advocates for the environment and motivates us to do our part with the knowledge that others also care about and are doing their part to heal the environment. Written in a style that motivates and inspires the book will appeal to all who care about others and the environment we all share.

Carl O. Helvie, R.N., Dr.P.H., Author "Healthy Holistic Aging"
41 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Usual Doom & Gloom Book on the Environment 28 Mar 2007
By A. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an enjoyable read and a book that will get you thinking. The people that are written about in this book are real and they are inspiring. I've read many books that outline how grave our situation is and how we are screwing up our environment. This book is different because it concentrates on the positive things that some folks are doing to clean up the places where they live.

The overall message of citizen responsibilty strikes a chord of optimism. This is very much a "glass half-full" kind of book. After reading, I was inspired, and more to the point, energized.

Many very good books on the environment detail the problem we are facing but leave the reader with a sense of frustration and helplessness. Senator Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry have written a book that lifts the reader up with a message of possibility. "We can do this," comes through loud and clear throughout the book.

I recommend this book for anyone who wants to be inspired by ordinary people doing no more and no less than what they feel they have to. These people don't consider themselves heroes, although in a very real way they are. They are just rolling up their sleeves and doing what they know they have to.

Earth is our home and the people the senator and his wife talk about in "This Moment on Earth" know the importance of keeping it clean and safe for ourselves and our children.

In short: "Today's New Environmentalists" are us and the vision we have for our future is up to us.
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