Simple Things Won't Save the Earth by J. Robert HunterSimple Things Won't Save the Earth by J. Robert Hunter

Simple Things Won't Save the Earth

byJ. Robert Hunter

Paperback | January 1, 1997

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We drive cars with "Save the Whales" bumper stickers, buy aerosol sprays that advertise "no chlorofluorocarbons," and wear T-shirts made from organically grown cotton. All of these "earth friendly" choices and products convince us that we are "thinking globally, acting locally" and saving the planet. But are we really?

In this provocative book, J. Robert Hunter asserts that using catchy slogans and symbols to sell the public on environmental conservation is ineffective, misleading, and even dangerous. Debunking the Fifty Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth approach, Hunter shows that there are no simple solutions to major environmental problems such as species extinction, ozone depletion, global warming, pollution, and non-renewable resource consumption.

The use of slogans and symbols, Hunter argues, simply gives the public a false sense that "someone" is solving the environmental crisis—while it remains as serious now as when the environmental movement began. Writing in plain yet passionate prose for general readers, he here opens a national debate on what is really required to preserve the earth as a habitat for the human species.

For more than forty-five years, the late J. Robert Hunter was a tropical environmentalist, working on a wide range of crops, forests, and land use practices. He held a Ph.D. in agronomy from Michigan State University.
Title:Simple Things Won't Save the EarthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:217 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292731132

ISBN - 13:9780292731134

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. A Symbol of Our Environmental Dilemma
  • 2. The Para Rubber Tree
  • 3. Natural to Synthetic
  • 4. Dream the Impossible Dream?
  • 5. Disappearing Jungles—and Forests
  • 6. Jungle Myths and Tall Timber Tales
  • 7. Everybody Plant a Tree
  • 8. The Role of Diversity
  • 9. Impossible Dream into Inevitable Nightmare
  • 10. What to Do with a Used Tire
  • 11. Are We Capable of Doing the Right Thing?
  • 12. High-Tech to the Rescue?
  • 13. Roll Out the Barrel
  • 14. The Para Rubber Tree and Global Ecology
  • 15. “Man’s Inhumanity to Man”
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Index

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In this provocative book, J. Robert Hunter asserts that using catchy slogans and symbols to sell the public on environmental conservation is ineffective, misleading, and even dangerous. Debunking the Fifty Simple Things You Can do to Save the Earth approach, Hunter shows that here are no simple solutions to major environmental problems such as species extinction, ozone depletion, global warming, pollution, and non-renewable resource consumption.