By David Helvarg

This book is all about actions each of us can take, in the course of our daily lives, to help assure the continued health of our coasts and oceans, and to protect their wild and living waters. It is a lot easier than you might expect. And, you can have a lot of fun doing it. Supporting, enjoying and saving our oceans is entirely within our reach, within our lifetimes, if we make a few conscious and mindful choices, then act upon them now.

Author David Helvarg is the president of Blue Frontier Campaign, an organization that works to strengthen ocean awareness through education and enhancement of public awareness. He invites us to make an effort to enjoy, conserve, clean, protect, learn and share as caretakers of our oceans.

Each of the five sections in the book contains ten specific line items for immediate deployment. Each chapter has an additional five to ten things we can do to help our actions take effect. The book touches upon the public trust doctrine and public access to beaches and encourages us to enjoy these areas, being careful to leave the area as we found it, or even cleaner, by being aware of things like litter, and making the effort to remove it. There is a comprehensive section offering advice, as well as some additional resource material to help in our efforts.

This is a great gift book that can be passed on from friend to friend, family to family, and can be understood by and acted upon by any generation. The advice won’t go stale and it helps all of us to support the health of our shores and seas.

Published by Inner Ocean, this book is available at your local bookstore, or at the publisher’s website at
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

Leading Thinkers on the Restoration of Man and Creation
By Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld with Jessica van Tijn.
What is love? What is nature?   Do all living things have a soul?  Is awareness the same as a soul?  These are some of the poignant and important questions author Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld, princess of the Netherlands and social reformer, asks of twelve respected visionary thinkers. Contributors include illuminaries, teachers, writers and philosophers such as Jane Goodall, Denise Linn, Patri-cia Mische, and Arne Naess, as well as Rigoberta Menchu Tum, a 1992 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

The compilation of these interviews is enlightening, as well as sincerely thought provoking. Each contributor brings a unique cultural and social perspective as well as unique understanding to the definition of what our place is on this earth and with the world, in general. While their message is mainly hopeful, many believe we are witnessing a great ignorance regarding all of Earth’s life forms, ourselves included.

Our personal healing is linked to the healing of the Earth. Wars start when we lose contact with the Earth. Connecting with the earth is a powerful way in which we can contribute to reverse the destruction of the earth.

Each contributor adds insights on how we must adopt a change in consciousness in order to heal the earth.

The concept of social unity and an awareness of nature is the theme of this book. The goal is to bring these visions and concepts together in order to insure the survival of our earth.

Published by Bear & Company, a division of Inner Traditions, International. This book is available through the website at
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

Personal Solutions For a Healthy Planet
By Chris Spence
A recent news poll revealed that fifty-six percent of Americans believe global warming is a real phenomenon that is happening, while forty percent disagree. Half the population feels that further investigation and research is necessary, while the other half feels it requires urgent action. In the last two decades, there has been tremendous research on the subject of the greenhouse effect and climactic changes, bringing to light even more uncertainties, especially about how much and how fast changes in global weather, if any, will impact our planet.

Author Chris Spence, a climate change expert, assumes that global warming is a real threat and makes the case for his theory. After first providing a realistic and plausible definition as well as description of global warming, from a scientific as well as practical viewpoint, he also discusses other related issues such as the “Ozone Myth” and theories on the end of the world, along with Arctic environmental changes.

He covers the topics of our air, land, pestilence and disease as well as the economy, including regional impacts and global consequences. He feels some vested interests want to hide the truth and suggests that you and I can execute our voting power to exude influence.

Finally, Spence offers sincere discussion and specific solutions on what we can do to tackle the problem, from investing in environmentally-conscious mutual funds, to less dependency on our automobiles, to active recycling. Whether you are a believer or are skeptical about this issue, there is a wealth of practical information here which will allow you to make your own informed decision, as well as take action.

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, this book is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

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