The Eco Barons

The Eco Barons

The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet

Book - 2009
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Monkey Girl describes the steps being taken by the current generation of philanthropists and conservationist who have dedicated themselves to the environment, from Doug and Kristine Tompkins's preservation of the South American rain forest to Roxanne Quimby's work with the Burt's Bees company.


“Well written and compelling, Eco Barons gives the reader a first glimpse of the activists, philanthropists and gadflies who may well turn out to be the J.D. Rockefellers and Rachel Carsons of our time.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer


Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Humes offers readers an eye-opening look at the remarkable philanthropists and visionaries who are devoting their lives to saving the earth from overdevelopment and destruction. In Eco Barons, Humes, the bestselling author of Mississippi Mud and Monkey Girl, gives us fascinating portraits of extraordinary men and women who are dedicated to humankind’s survival—as important a contribution to the environmental cause as Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. As the New York Times points out, “Humes’s urgent message is clear: We must all strive to become ‘eco barons’ in our own right if we are to save Planet Earth.”

Book News
Humes, an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, tells the stories of individuals who are making efforts to save the planet. He describes the work of those such as the Doug Tompkins, founder of Esprit, to save rainforests; Kieran Suckling and Peter Galvin, former forest service employees who launched an environmental law firm; Ted Turner, who buys and preserves American land; Andy Frank, who developed the plug-in hybrid car; Roxanne Quimby, founder of Burt's Bees, who is fighting to preserve the Maine woods; and Terry Tamminen, a former pool cleaner who became the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Describes the steps being taken by the current generation of philanthropists and conservationists who have dedicated themselves to the environment, from Doug and Kristine Tompkins's preservation of the South American rainforest to Roxanne Quimby's Burt'sBees company.
The story of the remarkable visionaries who have quietly dedicated their lives and their fortunes to saving the planet from ecological destruction. While many people remain paralyzed by the scope of Earth's environmental woes, eco barons--a new and largely unheralded generation of Rockefellers and Carnegies--are having spectacular success saving forests and wildlands, pulling endangered species back from the brink, and pioneering the clean and green technologies needed if life and civilization are to endure. Journalist Humes tells of the former fashion magnate who has saved more rainforests than any other person, the college professor who patented the plug-in hybrid car, the impoverished owl wranglers who founded the nation's most effective environmentalgroup, and the former Hollywood pool cleaner who became the guiding force behind a worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This book proves that one person with determination and vision can make a difference.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, c2009
Edition: First ed
ISBN: 9780061350290
Branch Call Number: 363.70092 H8833e 2009
Characteristics: x, 367 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 26, 2015

Quote from description: // . . a new and largely unheralded generation of Rockefellers and Carnegies. . \\ Yeah, riiiiiiiggghht, Rockefellers having illegally shipped oil, through Spain and Switzerland, to support the Third Reich during World War II; Carnegie obtaining his starter fortune in his position as Superintendent of Military Railways and Telegraphs during the Civil War, then later, at the beginning of World War I, travelling ostensibly on peace trips to Germany, and secretly selling the Kaiser submarines [used in the sinking of the Lusitania] from Carnegie's and Schwab's shipyards, et cetera. Nope, until the major investors in BlackRock, Vanguard Group, State Street Corporation and Fidelity are known and transparent, I would take Mr. Humes pronouncements with several thousand tons of salt! [The NY Post ran an excellent article, back in 2011, about Mark Fitler Rockefeller's federal tax payouts received for unused farmland in Idaho, while mentioning his soon to be inheritied 65,000 square kilometers of land in Australia! The government payouts are in the name of conservation, thanks to laws successfully lobbied for the Rockefeller family over the decades, all in the name of // conservation\\!]


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