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Hope Is an Imperative
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 392

Hope Is an Imperative

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011-03-01
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  • Publisher: Island Press

For more than three decades, David Orr has been one of the leading voices of the environmental movement, championing the cause of ecological literacy in higher education, helping to establish and shape the field of ecological design, and working tirelessly to raise awareness of the threats to future generations posed by humanity’s current unsustainable trajectory. Hope Is an Imperative brings together in a single volume Professor Orr’s most important works. These include classics such as “What Is Education For?,” one of the most widely reprinted essays in the environmental literature, “The Campus and the Biosphere,” which helped launch the green campus movement,and “Loving Chil...

Down to the Wire
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

Down to the Wire

"The real fault line in American politics is not between liberals and conservatives.... It is, rather, in how we orient ourselves to the generations to come who will bear the consequences, for better and for worse, of our actions." So writes David Orr in Down to the Wire, a sober and eloquent assessment of climate destabilization and an urgent call to action. Orr describes how political negligence, an economy based on the insatiable consumption of trivial goods, and a disdain for the well-being of future generations have brought us to the tipping point that biologist Edward O. Wilson calls "the bottleneck." Due to our refusal to live within natural limits, we now face a long emergency of ris...

The Nature of Design
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 248

The Nature of Design

The environmental movement has often been accused of being overly negative--trying to stop "progress." The Nature of Design, on the other hand, is about starting things, specifically an ecological design revolution that changes how we provide food, shelter, energy, materials, and livelihood, and how we deal with waste. Ecological design is an emerging field that aims to recalibrate what humans do in the world according to how the world works as a biophysical system. Design in this sense is a large concept having to do as much with politics and ethics as with buildings and technology. The book begins by describing the scope of design, comparing it to the Enlightenment of the 18th century. Sub...

Dangerous Years
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

Dangerous Years

A leading environmental thinker takes a hard look at the obstacles and possibilities on the long road to sustainability This gripping, deeply thoughtful book considers future of civilization in the light of what we know about climate change and related threats. David Orr, an award-winning, internationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability and environmental education, pulls no punches: even with the Paris Agreement of 2015, Earth systems will not reach a new equilibrium for centuries. Earth is becoming a different planet—more threadbare and less biologically diverse, with more acidic oceans and a hotter, more capricious climate. Furthermore, technology will not solve complex problems of sustainability. Yet we are not fated to destroy the Earth, Orr insists. He imagines sustainability as a quest and a transition built upon robust and durable democratic and economic institutions, as well as changes in heart and mindset. The transition, he writes, is beginning from the bottom up in communities and neighborhoods. He lays out specific principles and priorities to guide us toward enduring harmony between human and natural systems.

Ecological Literacy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 210

Ecological Literacy

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1992
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  • Publisher: SUNY Press

The most important discoveries of the 20th century exist not in the realm of science, medicine, or technology, but rather in the dawning awareness of the earth s limits and how those limits will affect human evolution. Humanity has reached a crossroad where various ecological catastrophes meet what some call sustainable development. While a great deal of attention has been given to what governments, corporations, utilities, international agencies, and private citizens can do to help in the transition to sustainability, little thought has been given to what schools, colleges, and universities can do. Ecological Literacy asks how the discovery of finiteness affects the content and substance of education. Given the limits of the earth, what should people know and how should they learn it?"

Earth in Mind
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 221

Earth in Mind

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2004-07-30
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  • Publisher: Island Press

In Earth in Mind, noted environmental educator David W. Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that: alienates us from life in the name of human domination; causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are; overemphasizes success and careers; separates feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical; deadens the sense of wonder for the created world. The crisis we face, Orr explains, is one of mind, perception, and values. It is, first and foremost, an educational challenge. The author begins by establi...

Environmental Literacy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 24

Environmental Literacy

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1995
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Campus and Environmental Responsibility
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 112

The Campus and Environmental Responsibility

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1992-04-21
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  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

In a college commencement address , poet, philosopher, and farmer Wendell Berry raised a simple but nearly impossible challenge. "Find work, if you can," he said, "that does no damage" to the world or its future. Had he addressed the same students four years before at their high school graduations, saying, "Find a college, if you can, that does not damage," where would they have gone? How many institutions have analyzed their resource flows of energy, water, materials, food, and waste? How many have attempted to minimize the damage that they do to the world that their graduates will inherit? How many of the proudest of our colleges and universities educate their graduates even to understand ...

Design on the Edge
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Design on the Edge

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2006
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  • Publisher: Mit Press

The story of the building of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College in the context of ecological design, institutional learning, and the green campus movement.

The Last Refuge
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 232

The Last Refuge

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-09-26
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  • Publisher: Island Press

"Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels" -SAMUEL JOHNSON, 1775 "a tightly reasoned, excellently written book that should be lethally effective in helping readers who aren't experts understand the contours of the crisis." -TOLEDO BLADE Updated and revised following the 2004 elections, The Last Refuge describes the current state of American politics against the backdrop of mounting ecological and social problems, the corrosive influence of money, the corruption of language, and the misuse of terrorism as a political issue. Setting out an agenda that transcends conventional ideological labels, David Orr contends that partisan wrangling is only a symptom of a deeper dysfunction: The whole p...