Trinity University Press

Books about Environment

The Burning Island: Myth and History in Volcano Country, Hawai‘i

Pamela Frierson (author)

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Westerners—from early missionaries to explorers to present-day artists, scientists, and tourists—have always found volcanoes fascinating and disturbing. Native Hawaiians, in contrast, revere volcanoes as a source of spiritual energy and see the volcano goddess Pele as part of the natural cycle of a continuously procreative cosmos. Volcanoes hold a special place in our curiosity about nature. The Burning Island is an...

An extraordinary book. . . . Frierson has tackled one of the most profund issues in Hawai‘i. — Honolulu Star Bulletin

The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall

Marc Bekoff (editor), Dale Peterson (editor)

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Jane Goodall, who turned eighty on April 3, 2014, is known around the world as a groundbreaking primatologist, the foremost expert on chimpanzees, and a passionate conservationist. In her nearly sixty-year career, Goodall has touched the hearts of millions of people. The Jane Effect is an anthology of testimonies by Goodall’s friends and colleagues honoring her as a scientific pioneer, inspiring teacher, devoted...

Jane Goodall powerfully redefined the way we see our fellow primates.New York Times

The Last Atoll: Exploring Hawai‘i’s Endangered Ecosystems

Pamela Frierson (author)

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The Last Atoll is Pamela Frierson’s decade-long exploration of the least known part of Hawai‘i—the islands, atolls, and reefs at the far northwestern end of the archipelago. In travels that span over 1,200 miles, Frierson chronicles natural wonders and a troubled history, ending up at Kure Atoll, the most ancient Hawaiian landfall and the northernmost atoll on earth. Hers is an adventurous journey across the geology,...

The Last Atoll draws a vivid portrait of what might just be my favorite place on Earth (and that’s saying something), the secret islands Northwest of Hawaii. It’s a place...Carl Safina

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Kathleen Dean Moore (editor), Michael P. Nelson (editor), Desmond Tutu (foreword)

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Moral Ground brings together the testimony of more than eighty visionaries—theologians and religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturists, activists, and writers—to present a diverse and compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibilities to our planet.

Will light a righteous fire under those who are receptive to its message; the best we can do is hope that it spreads, and spreads, and spreads.Utne

Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream

Char Miller (author)

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In Not So Golden State, environmental historian Char Miller looks below the surface of California’s ecological history to expose some of its less glittering conundrums. In this necessary book, Miller asks tough questions as we stand on the edge of a human-induced natural disaster in the region and beyond. He details policy steps and missteps in public land management, examines recreation's impact on national forests,...

One of the environmental history profession's most thoughtful and astute observers.Environmental History

On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio

Char Miller (editor)

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This collection of eleven essays examines the environmental history of San Antonio, drawing on an interdisciplinary array of authors and insights to highlight the evolving relationship between the city’s residents and the South Texas landscape and showing how the human community and the natural environment have shaped each other. The border of the title refers to San Antonio’s location at the edge of the Great Plains...

Scholars interested in regional, environmental, and urban history will appreciate the book. So will thoughtful residents of San Antonio, if they hope that their city will...American Historical Review

The Power of Trees

Gretchen C. Daily (author), Charles J. Katz Jr. (photographs)

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Intimate in size yet quietly breathtaking in scope, this graceful gift book will forever change how you think, and how you feel, about trees. In poetically charged scientific observations, renowned conservation biologist Gretchen Daily narrates the evolution, impact, and natural wonder of trees. Charles Katz’s twenty-six duotone black and white photographs illustrate the development of trees: how trunks were formed,...

As Daily points out, trees come in at least 60,000 varieties. Over their some 400 million year history, they have staked their claim in nearly every terrestrial...Shelflife

Self-Portrait with Dogwood

Christopher Merrill (author)

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In the course of researching dogwood trees, poet and essayist Christopher Merrill realized that a number of formative moments in his life had some connection to the tree named—according to one writer—because its fruit was not fit for a dog. As he approached his sixtieth birthday, Merrill began to compose a self-portrait alongside this tree that, from an early age, he has regarded as a talisman.Dogwoods have never been...

Christopher Merrill has always believed in quests. Over many years and many books he has traveled out, confronting fear, admiring the courage and conviction of others,...Los Angeles Review of Books

Wisdom for a Livable Planet: The Visionary Work of Terri Swearingen, Dave Foreman, Wes Jackson, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Werner Fornos, Herman Daly, Stephen Schneider, and David Orr

Carl N. McDaniel (author)

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Carl McDaniel profiles the work and lives of eight visionaries who have dedicated their lives to various environmental issues. Each of their stories provides a portrait of an individual's valiant and inspiring campaign to improve the health of our planet.  The narratives of these visionaries collectively give us hope, and they suggest to us ways to act to create a brighter future for all life. *Terri Swearingen,...

A supremely important book about some of the leaders in the battle to maintain our life support systems. Read it and be inspired and thankful.Paul R. Ehrlich