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The environmental movement : from its roots to the challenges of a new century
Pringle, Laurence, 1935-
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2000]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Chronicles the history, key players, and future challenges of the environmental movement.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 10.0 5.0 36669.
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GE195.5 .P76 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Environmentalism is one of the most powerful social revolutions of the twentieth century. It has affected our legal and educational systems, the economy, politics--and our day-to-day lives. And it will continue to promote change in the new millennium.

Noted science writer Laurence Pringle examines this extraordinary force. He traces the movement's evolution from its grassroots beginning in seventeenth-century New England town meetings to its present-day focus on global issues. He describes the key events and concerns that have shaped it and tells how writers, thinkers, scientists, politicians, and ordinary people have played major roles through the years. Finally, he looks forward to a new century, discussing some of the challenges that must be faced and overcome in the years ahead.

Informative and thought provoking, The Environmental Movement is important reading for everyone who cares about our planet.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL)

Author Notes

Laurence Pringle was raised on an isolated farm in western New York. He studied wildlife biology at Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and had begun to seek a doctorate in that field. But for several reasons, including trouble with some subjects, Pringle decided to switch to journalism.

In 1962, he was looking for a job as an editor and writer with an outdoor or science magazine. He found an opening with Nature and Science, a children's magazine published by The American Museum of Natural History. Pringle joined that magazine in early 1963 and during the seven years of that magazine's life, learned a lot about writing for young readers. His friend and editor at the magazine encouraged Pringle to write a book for children. His first manuscript was rejected by several publishers but was finally accepted and published in 1968.

When Nature and Science was disbanded in the spring of 1970, Pringle had two choices: look for another editing job or try to survive as a freelance writer. He chose to become a writer and is now the highly acclaimed author of over a hundred books. He writes mainly biographical and environmental stories for children and young adults.

Pringle is the recipient of two major awards for his body of writing; the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award in 1999. He has won national awards from the American Nature Study Society and the National Wildlife Federation. Many of his books, including Everybody Has a Bellybutton, have been cited by the National Science Teacher's Association/Children's Book Council as "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children." In 1998, the National Council of Teachers of English selected his book An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly for the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Pringle, who is well-known for his science, health, and ecology titles, offers an accessible, wide-ranging overview of environmentalism in the U.S. Beginning with the polarized ideologies of Native Americans and the early settlers, the brief chapters examine Americans' wavering attitudes toward land stewardship. Topics covered include the rise of the conservation movement, the roles of legislation, big business, and eco-warriors. there's also a brief look at the struggles ahead. In the simple, nicely balanced text, Pringle introduces both the key figures in the movement's history (among them, George Perkins Marsh, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carson), and some of the most challenging contemporary issues, always making sophisticated concepts easily understood. Well-chosen photographs and a comprehensive resource section round out this engaging, useful title that will find cross-curriculum support and hook readers both familiar with and new to the movement. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-Pringle traces the relationship of humans and the environment in America from the arrival of European settlers until the present. The author deftly incorporates a wide range of topics from the establishment of national parks to the threat of global warming. Although he includes information about people who have played important roles in preserving the environment, his focus is not biographical. He considers the complex interplay of politics, corporate profits, and environmental advocacy, and discusses differences of opinion among various groups about the best way to preserve ecosystems. Black-and-white photographs offer examples of both preservation and destruction. Lengthy lists for further reading and addresses for many environmental groups and government agencies are appended. Overall, a realistic overview of accomplishments and setbacks as well as future challenges to preserve the environment.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.