Author(s): Helen Caldicott
Since the 1980s, Helen Caldicott - whom Meryl Streep has called 'my inspiration to speak out' - has worked tirelessly for a safe, sustainable, nuclear-free planet. Now she has edited Loving This Planet, which offers an accessible overview of the chief environmental and social issues of our times and includes captivating interviews with 25 contributors, including Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute, Denis Hayes (coordinator of Earth Day), David Krieger of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and many, many more.
"The book is a treasure trove of anecdotes featuring high-profile politicians, academics, and celebrities, including Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Bob Herbert, and Lester Brown. . . .Alongside the celebrity sightings runs the thread of a growing urgency to change our energy, environmental, and military policies in the United States and on a global scale. Surprising statistics about nuclear waste storage, rising sea levels, and military spending serve as an alarm, but Caldicott and her collaborators also offer many innovative solutions."
"Without fail, Caldicott asks thoughtful, deeply nuanced questions, and her subjects respond with intense and often personal reflections on many important issues. With a level of intellectual discussion all too absent in our national discourse, this is a worthy collection that educates with each turn of the page."
Lannan Award winner Dr. Helen Caldicott is a co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and was named one of the most influential women of the twentieth century by the Smithsonian Institute. She is the author of numerous books, including "Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer" (The New Press). She lives in Australia.