Where We Live: A Citizen's Guide to Conducting a Community Environmental Inventory
by Donald Harker, Elizabeth Ungar Natter
AVAILABILITY: Usually ships within 2-5 days
Publication Date: 1995
Topics: Democracy: Theory & Practice, Economics, Energy, Human Health & Welfare, Nature, Social Movements, Sustainable Community, Toxics, Transportation, United States
Description: 'Where We Live' is a practical workbook to help citizens find information concerning their local environment and to use that information in furthering environmental goals. The book includes general information on human impact on the environment and instructions for citizens to use in creating a community environmental map. In addition, it guides the user through various environmental programs and available documentation of community environmental hazards. Included are addresses and phone numbers for state environmental and natural resource agencies in all fifty states, and a listing of chemicals and their effects on humans and the environment. The final section of the book presents a series of exercises to help groups explore methods of approaching various community issues.
'Where We Live' is a valuable resource for community development practitioners, local government officials and citizen activists concerned with the impact of environmental decisions on local communities, as well as teachers at both the college and secondary-school levels.
Published in association with the Mountain Assoc for Community Economic Development.
Review(s): "A valuable resource guide that will teach citizens how to monitor the environmental conditions in their own communities. Filled with clearly written explanations of environmental science and law, it will help people become active participants in efforts to clean up pollution in towns where they live. It will also be a useful tool for journalists interested in learning how to cover local environmental issues." - Jim Detjen, president, Society of Environmental Journalists and staff writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer