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Earth in the Balance
Forging a New Common Purpose


Al Gore

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Book Description

With over half a million copies of Earth in the Balance sold, this timely re-issue benefits from a major new Foreword. It is a powerful and passionate analysis of the most crucial and far reaching issues confronting humanity. 'When I wrote this book, terms like global warming and greenhouse gases seemed exotic, unfamiliar, and unimportant to the lives of ordinary Americans. That has changed dramatically - except for those who still want to pretend that no one cares. There is a powerful awareness of the danger, and a widespread determination that we must not and will not leave our grandchildren a ravaged planet ringed with a thickening layer of carbon dioxide concentrations. So we have to strengthen, not weaken, environmental protection across the board, from global warming to stabilizing world population. This was my conclusion when this book was first published: We can believe in that future and work to achieve it and preserve it, or we can whirl blindly on, behaving as if one day there will be no children to inherit our legacy. The choice is ours; the Environment Decade is within our reach; the earth is in the balance.' AL GORE, December 1999 From the Foreword

Table of Contents

Ships in the Desert * The Shadow Our Future Throws * Climate and Civilization * Buddha's Breath * If the Well Goes Dry * Skin Deep * Seeds of Privation * The Wasteland * Self-Stewardship * Eco-Nomics * We Are What We Use * Dysfunctional Civilization * Environmentalism of The Spirit * A New Common Purpose * A Global Marshall Plan

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