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50 Ways to Save the Ocean. By David Helvarg. The oceans are so vast that it’s easy to feel powerless to protect them. 50 Ways focuses on practical, easily implemented actions to protect and conserve this vital resource. It addresses daily choices that affect the ocean's health: What fish should and should not be eaten; How and where to vacation; How to protect local water tables; How to support local marine education. It also looks at what can be done about toxic pollutant runoff, protecting wetlands and sanctuaries, stopping oil rigs off shore, saving reef environments, and replenishing fish reserves. As Kindle | More... | David Helvarg EcoSpeakers Info >>

       50 Ways to Save the Ocean

Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World. By Diane MacEachern. Explains how women can harness the "power of their purse" and intentionally shift spending to commodities that have the greatest environmental benefit. Targets twenty types of products, including cars, cosmetics, coffee, food, paper, appliances, and cleansers, where women's dollars can make a dramatic difference. Provides easy-to-follow guidelines and lists to help women choose the greenest options. As Kindle | More… | Diane MacEachern EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World

Delusional Democracy: Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government. By Joel Hirschhorn. Fake patriots manipulate a pseudo-democracy that no longer works for the good of its citizens. Delusional Democracy connects far-ranging dots for a compelling account of America’s steady decline and presents specific actions that can reverse it. Written for conservatives, libertarians, liberals, moderates, independents, greens, and progressives, as well as dissatisfied Democrats and Republicans. Delusional Democracy will convince readers that we the people have the power to begin American democracy over again. More... | Joel Hirschhorn EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Delusional Democracy: Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government

Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice. By Roger S. Gottlieb. Chronicles the efforts of American Christian activists who agitate for a world free of racism, patriarchy, bigotry, retribution, ecocide, torture, poverty, and militarism. While pundits speak of the “Religious Right,” this is the underreported story of American Christians who are progressive because they are religious. By profiling social justice activists, Divine Rebels articulates a forward-thinking, faith-based alternative to both the conservative drone warping religion as well as the political left’s cynicism. As Kindle | More… | Roger S. Gottlieb EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice

Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement: The Case for River Conservation. By Tim Palmer. Based on careful research and hundreds of interviews, this information-packed narrative is regarded as a classic. The first edition is now updated and includes two new chapters that chart the course of conservation during the past twenty years and explore how the movement will likely change in the future. This book will fascinate all who care about rivers, and it will engage those who seek to understand environmental history, resource management, and the evolution of programs in response to changing needs. As Kindle | More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement: The Case for River Conservation

Engaging Outraged Stakeholders: How-To Guide for Uniting the Left, Right, Capitalists, and Activists. By Bill Shireman et al. An in-depth look at the stakeholder engagement process, helping readers understand what it takes to see past differences and work together. Includes case studies of unlikely alliances, beginning when the groups, at best, did not understand one another, and, at worst, vehemently hated each other. Also includes steps to engage opposing parties and interviews with experts on economics and the environment. Features success stories as well as some sobering words on the potential for failure. As Kindle | More... | Bill Shireman EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Engaging Outraged Stakeholders: How-To Guide for Uniting the Left, Right, Capitalists, and Activists

Evaluating Sustainable Development: Giving People a Voice in Their Destiny. By Chris Maser. Presents principles and tools for participatory evaluation of sustainable development. This empowers anyone impacted by a proposal to determine both what is to be evaluated and how it is to be evaluated. Acknowledging that the concepts, challenges, opportunities, and circumstances surrounding sustainable development differ from one place or group to another, the book provides a framework for developing an evaluation plan as well as the tools for collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Evaluating Sustainable Development: Giving People a Voice in Their Destiny

Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry. By David Gottfried. Tells the twenty-year story of the global green building movement through the eyes of David Gottfried, the man who helped start it all. Describes how the industry has evolved, and how this evolution has helped fight climate change and prevent further damage to the environment while creating a multibillion-dollar industry. Filled with unique insights and self-deprecating humor, this riveting memoir demonstrates how one person can start a global movement. Winner of three 2014 Indie Book Awards. As Kindle | More… | David Gottfried EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry

Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming. By Eban Goodstein. Focuses on our connections with all forms of life. Provides an overview of the current global warming crisis, and explores the question of whether the scale of mass extinction we are beginning to witness in the 21st century has more ominous implications for human welfare than it did in the 20th century. Argues that if we are to hold global heating to a manageable level, we must stabilize emissions of global warming pollutants and invest tens of billions of dollars every year in clean-energy technology. More… | Eban Goodstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming

Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing. By Doug McKenzie-Mohr. Our consumption patterns are threatening to outstrip Earth's ability to support humanity. A sustainable future will require sweeping changes in behavior. Social marketing identifies and overcomes barriers to behavior change. This book is the primary resource for the new field of community-based social marketing. It is an invaluable guide for anyone involved in designing public education programs to promote sustainable behavior, from recycling and energy efficiency to alternative transportation. As Kindle | More… | Doug McKenzie-Mohr EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing

Global Warming and Political Intimidation: How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists As the Earth Heated Up. By Raymond Bradley. Some prominent politicians have tried to destroy the reputations of scientists researching climate change by undermining the credibility of their research. In this powerful book, highly respected climate scientist Raymond Bradley provides the inside story from the front lines. In clear and direct language, he describes the tactics used to intimidate him and his colleagues. Bradley’s book is a cautionary tale of how politics and science can become fatally intertwined. As Kindle | More… | Raymond Bradley EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Global Warming and Political Intimidation: How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists As the Earth Heated Up

The Great Growing Up: Being Responsible for Humanity's Future. By John Renesch. We face an urgent collective choice: To opt for responsible adulthood over the largely adolescent ways we have been relating to one another and our planet. Renesch demonstrates that it is not too late to create the future we all say we want for our children and our children's children – a future that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just. This book describes a change of thinking – from adolescent self-centeredness to adult responsibility. Renesch offers an optimistic option. As Kindle | More… | John Renesch EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Great Growing Up: Being Responsible for Humanity's Future

Green Marketing: Opportunity for Innovation. By Jacquelyn Ottman. It provides an understanding of the multitude of interconnected issues involved in green marketing, describes the state of green consumerism, analyzes success strategies, and points to direction for the future. Includes case studies that show how green marketing can increase profits and market share and be a means to dialogue with and educate the public. It will also help you improve your company's environmental performance. Published in 1998, an updated version entitled The New Rules of Green Marketing (see below) is now available. More… | Jacquelyn Ottman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Marketing: Opportunity for Innovation

Humanity on a Tightrope: Thoughts on Empathy, Family, and Big Changes for a Viable Future. By Paul Ehrlich. Focuses on what families and family values are, and how they often create an "us vs. them" mentality that is at the root of many of today's most crucial problems – from terrorism, racism, and war to the failure of humanity to come to grips with potentially lethal global environmental problems. Explains how civilization is unlikely to persist unless more people learn to spread the domain of empathy – to put themselves in the shoes of others to keep society balanced and on the path to sustainability. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Humanity on a Tightrope: Thoughts on Empathy, Family, and Big Changes for a Viable Future

Igniting Inspiration: A Persuasion Manual for Visionaries. By John Marshall Roberts. This book exposes the hidden dynamics of inspiration. It unveils a new paradigm for creating inspirational messaging called Transformational Design. A blend of systems theory, developmental psychology, and common sense, this framework allows marketers, business leaders, and activists to design messages that overcome cynicism and inspire action. This book is a call to arms for a new generation of socially savvy leaders who are determined to achieve personal success and fulfillment while making the world a healthier, more sustainable place. As Kindle | More… | John Marshall Roberts EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Igniting Inspiration: A Persuasion Manual For Visionaries

Innovation Nation: Toward a Right-Left Alliance to Unleash America's Creative Capacity and Entrepreneurial Energy. By Bill Shireman. To successfully walk the path to innovation rather than financial, social, and environmental debt, we must break the political gridlock that cements in place the policies of a bygone era. The Right and Left can work functionally together applying core principles from both sides to cultivate genuine long-term prosperity. Stepping only to the right, or only to the left, we walk in circles. But by stepping right, then left, then right and left again, we move ahead. As Kindle | More… | Bill Shireman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Innovation Nation: Toward a Right-Left Alliance to Unleash America's Creative Capacity and Entrepreneurial Energy

Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln and Lady Gaga. By Joe Romm. Joe Romm pulls together the tools and techniques of the greatest communicators both past and present, and explains how you can apply these to your writing and speaking. Language Intelligence will not only prepare you to be a more effective communicator, it will also help you understand how the tricks of the trade are used and often misused. With a few easily digestible and memorable concepts, Language Intelligence offers readers a roadmap for more powerful writing, speaking, and blogging. As Kindle | More… | Joe Romm EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln and Lady Gaga

Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment. By Pamela Gordon. This book dispels the myth that a business or organization has to choose between making a profit and protecting the environment. Appealing to employees at every level, it provides more than 100 examples of environmental practices from prominent companies – including Intel, Louisiana-Pacific, and Polaroid – that bring savings or new sources of revenue to an enterprise. It also coaches employees to make their environmental cases to management using no-nonsense business language – leading their argument with profitability. As Kindle | More… | Pamela Gordon EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment

Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence. By Melissa Everett. A timely and informative guide to a working life built on principled choices and an entrepreneurial attitude. It's "about" greener enterprises and technologies, socially responsible business, innovative nonprofit work, and reinventing government… but it’s really about putting the pieces together with creativity and hope. With dozens of rich personal stories, and a thorough look at the options, this is the comprehensive life/work guide for people who care about their communities and the planet. As Kindle | More… | Melissa Everett EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence

Marketing in the Public Sector: A Roadmap for Improved Performance. By Nancy Lee. Written exclusively for governmental agencies, Marketing in the Public Sector offers dozens of marketing success stories from all types of agencies. It shows that marketing is far more than communications and has at its core a citizen-oriented mindset. You’ll become familiar with the marketing toolbox and understand how to engender citizen support for your agency, increase utilization of your products and services, influence positive public behaviors – even increase revenues and decrease operating costs. As Kindle | More… | Nancy Lee EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Marketing  in the Public Sector: A Roadmap for Improved Performance

Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. By Zoe Weil. Weil shows us that change doesn't have to start with an army. It starts with each one of us. This book argues that the true path to inner peace doesn't require a retreat from the world. Instead, it explores direct ways to become involved with the community, make better choices as consumers, and develop positive messages to live by, showing readers that their simple decisions really can change the world. Provides the reader with practical tools to improve both our planet and our personal lives. As Kindle | More… | Zoe Weil EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life

Nature's Keepers: The Remarkable Story of How the Nature Conservancy Became the Largest Environmental Group in the World. By Bill Birchard. With more than $3.7 billion in assets and annual revenue of $800 million, the Nature Conservancy has generated staggering growth that would be the envy of any business. Nature's Keepers goes behind the scenes and details its inner workings. Highlighting the efforts of nine extraordinary leaders, Nature's Keepers examines the organization's culture, management, strategy and decisions, and the courageous and ingenious individuals who have dedicated their lives to conservation. As Kindle | More… | Bill Birchard EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Nature's Keepers: The Remarkable Story of How the Nature Conservancy Became the Largest Environmental Group in the World

The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living. By David Wann. Wann challenges us to transform our non-sustainable culture by transforming ourselves. To nurture our world, he challenges us to rethink our lives, stand up for a healthy planet and move towards a "new normal" lifestyle. The agenda for this includes initiating local business alliances that actively lobby for local buying, creating an investment strategy that values the balance of nature, supporting the design, manufacture, and use of products made with natural chemicals, and publicly advocating a more efficient use of water by placing a higher cultural value on wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes. As Kindle | More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living

The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools, and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding. By Jacquelyn Ottman. Green products have been around since the 1970s, but it’s only in recent years that they’ve become ubiquitous. This book takes the best of Ottman’s previous groundbreaking work into the 21st century. Her “new rules” relegate “green guilt” approaches to the recycling bin, break green products out of their niche, and ultimately do a far better job of advancing the triple bottom line of people, profits, and planet. An emphasis on primary benefits is critical to winning over mainstream consumers. As Kindle | More… | Jacquelyn Ottman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools, and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding

New World New Mind: Moving Toward Conscious Evolution. By Paul Ehrlich. There is no longer time to rely on the normal pace of cultural evolution to deal with today's dilemmas... Humans have always been the most adaptable creatures on the planet, and they should be able to chart a new course. Some of that is already being done. The old mind today is being changed by many scattered efforts. Can we bring these efforts together to produce a large-scale program for rapid change? We know the problem. The solution is to generate the will to move conscious evolution to the top of the human agenda. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

       New World New Mind: Moving Toward Conscious Evolution

The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide 2005-2006. By David Helvarg. A new environmental movement is emerging to help combat threats to America's oceans and coasts. The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide is a comprehensive overview of the “Blue Movement.” This one-of-a-kind reference details more than 2,000 organizations and institutions that are working to understand, protect, and restore our ocean and coastal areas. Along with the state-by-state listings, the directory includes sections that identify government agencies, academic marine programs, and marine and coastal parks and protected areas. As Kindle | More... | David Helvarg EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide 2005-2006

One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future. By Paul Ehrlich. A look at current trends of overpopulation, overconsumption, and inequality. Fish stocks are seriously depleted, farmlands, freshwater, and forests are declining, and there is an immense divide between superconsumers and the impoverished. Each chapter analyzes one area in detail (using current research in ecology, demographics, migration, economics, biodiversity, ethics, climate, politics and globalization) and then suggests ways to alter course toward a sustainable world. Action is critical to prevent disaster. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

       One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future

The Power of Sustainable Thinking: How to Create a Positive Future for the Climate, the Planet, Your Organization and Your Life. By Bob Doppelt. Provides both an easy to understand explanation and practical methods for transforming our climate-damaging, unsustainable ways into sustainable thinking and behaviors. Explains how the mind works and how people change, then provides methods for transforming thinking and behavior, first with the reader's own cognitive patterns, then how individuals can motivate other people to change, and finally to how teams and organizations can be motivated to change. As Kindle | More… | Bob Doppelt EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Power of Sustainable Thinking: How to Create a Positive Future for the Climate, the Planet, Your Organization and Your Life

The Practice of Managerial Leadership. By Nancy Lee. Describes a comprehensive, science-based set of principles and practices called Requisite Organization, developed by Elliott Jaques through consulting research work in 15 countries. Nancy Lee worked with Dr. Jaques for more than 20 years. The book is focused on the managerial role because this is where guidelines are most needed to accomplish the goals of an organization. The use of these ideas results in increased productivity and profitability, enhances trust, and provides employees with a healthy working environment conducive to personal growth. As Kindle | More… | Nancy Lee EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Practice of Managerial Leadership

Resolving Environmental Conflicts, Second Edition. By Chris Maser. This volume demonstrates how to practice conflict resolution to not only settle disputes but also heal people. It covers the basic transformative concepts vital for resolving conflicts, and it includes discussions of biophysical principles as well as principles of social behavior. It also examines new dynamics in making decisions, including the effects of younger people shifting from nature-oriented interests to technologically-oriented interests. This shift undermines understanding of the importance of the natural environment. As Kindle | More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Resolving Environmental Conflicts, Second Edition

Resolving Environmental Conflict Towards Sustainable Community Development. By Chris Maser. Polarization and litigation often yield results with which no one is truly satisfied. Enemies are made, lines are drawn, and both people and the environment are degraded. Resolving Environmental Conflict explains the transformative approach to facilitation. It shows how to help parties empower themselves to define the issues and determine a settlement on their own terms through understanding one another's perspectives. It examines notions of development, sustainability, synergy, and community. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Resolving Environmental Conflict Towards Sustainable Community Development

Save Our Planet: 750 Everyday Ways You Can Help Clean Up the Earth. By Diane MacEachern. This guide offers simple suggestions on how to conserve the Earth's resources. It is divided into chapters corresponding to where we lead our lives. There is one chapter each for home, garden, garage, supermarket, school, office, and community. A section for renters and apartment dwellers has been included, as well as one on vacations that will give you – and the planet – a break. The Appendix lists additional books, catalogs, agencies, and organizations that you can join or from which you can get more information. More… | Diane MacEachern EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Save Our Planet: 750 Everyday Ways You Can Help Clean Up the Earth

Setting the Stage for Sustainabilty: A Citizen's Handbook. By Chris Maser. This invaluable text looks at resolving environmental conflicts through a "transformative" rather than a "problem-solving" approach. The transformative approach emphasizes the capacity of facilitation for personal growth, and it helps create a sense of "place" where it did not previously exist. The text analyzes good and bad institutionalized social patterns in an ecological sense. The authors explain that through positive thinking and the willingness to take risks, we can become creative forces in our communities and in the world. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Setting the Stage for Sustainability: A Citizen's Handbook

Social Marketing to Protect the Environment: What Works. By Doug McKenzie-Mohr & Nancy Lee. Behavior change is central to the pursuit of sustainability. This book details how to use community-based social marketing to motivate environmental protection behaviors as diverse as water and energy efficiency, alternative transportation, and watershed protection. With case studies of innovative programs from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, and Jordan, the authors present a clear process for motivating social change for both residential and commercial audiences. Includes case studies. As Kindle | More… | Doug McKenzie-Mohr EcoSpeakers Info >> | Nancy Lee EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Social Marketing to Protect the Environment: What Works

Social Marketing for Public Health: Global Trends and Success Stories. By Nancy Lee. Explores how marketing principles and techniques are being used to increase the effectiveness of public health programs around the world. The book highlights successful health behavior change campaigns launched by governments, NGOs, businesses, and citizens on five continents. Each chapter examines a success story, ranging from anti-smoking campaigns to AIDS prevention, from promotion of healthy lifestyles to battles against obesity, and from public educational campaigns on hepatitis B to contraceptive marketing. As Kindle | More… | Nancy Lee EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Social Marketing for Public Health: Global Trends and Success Stories

Teaching Kids to Change the World. By Chris Maser. This resource guide offers educators and youth-group leaders a means of inspiring social consciousness and action among youth. It helps teach young people how to think rather than what to think. Without money, power, or the right to vote, how do children and teenagers find a voice in society? How can educators and leaders talk meaningfully with students about such broad concepts? Avoiding partisan politics and moral debates, this resource equips educators with philosophical discussion questions, concrete illustrations, and active examples. As Kindle | More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Teaching Kids to Change the World

The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy. By Raj Patel. This short, timely and inspiring book reveals that our current crisis is not simply the result of too much of the wrong kind of economics. While we need to rethink our economic model, Patel argues that the larger failure beneath the food, climate and economic crises is a political one. If economics is about choices, Patel writes, it isn't often said who gets to make them. This book offers a fresh and accessible way to think about economics and the choices we will all need to make in order to create a sustainable economy and society. As Kindle | More… | Raj Patel EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy

The War Against the Greens. By David Helvarg. A reign of violence and intimidation, including arson, bombings, rape, assault and even murder has been unleashed against environmentalists by proponents of the “Wise Use” movement. This expose rips the veneer off this right-wing backlash that stretches from armed militias to the halls of Congress, exposing the corporations and fringe groups who have set out to destroy America's environmental protections. “Helvarg demolishes the fiction that anti-environmentalism is a grassroots movement by demonstrating its massive corporate underpinnings,” writes Publishers Weekly. As Kindle | More... | David Helvarg EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The War Against the Greens

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