The environmental handbook Author:garrett de bell "The phrase 'health of the environment' is not a literary convention. It has real biological meaning, because the surface of teh earth is truly a living oranism. Without the countless and immensely varied forms of life that the earth harbors, our planet would be just another fragment of the unicers with a surface as drab as that of of the moon... more » and an atmosphere inhospitable to man."
--Ren? Dubos, from the chapter 'Limits of Adaptability'
IS OUR ENVIRONMENT TO BE DEALT WITH IN THESE TERMS, OR IS IT TO BE HANDED OVER TO CEASELESS, UNTHINKING DEVELOPMENT BY THOSE WHO THINK ONLY OF WHAT IT COULD YIELD TO THEM TODAY?
There is a generation of Americans who are demanding better answers to this question, and to man more about our environment. They speak out in this book with an urgency born of the realization that time is running out. They are joined by those who have long warned that our reckless devotion to headlong development will threaten our very existence. At most we have a decade to deal with some of the problems. In many cases we have already damaged the environment beyond repair . . .
Perhaps a little overly dramatic forty years later, but still a good and useful book.« less