Adam Werbach is the youngest and most visible general in the battle for America's environment. His youthful energy and boundless enthusiasm have mobilized the slumbering Sierra Club, fired the imaginations of the media and fueled a grassroots environmental movement among Gen Xers that most people would have thought impossible.
He began his activist career 15 years ago, when he organized a petition drive at school that called for the dismissal of then Secretary of the Interior James Watt. He was only eight years old. At 13, he founded the Sierra Student Coalition, a student-run adjunct to the Sierra Club that now boasts 30,000 members. Today, he is the youngest president the Sierra Club has ever had.
Act First, Apologize Later shares Werbach's thoughts on a wide array of subjects in such chapters as Ferns and Cougars: Why We Need Nature; The California Desert Protection Act: The Anatomy of a Victory; Eco-Thugs: Profiles of Members of Congress Who Are in the Pockets of Polluters; and Solutions: Beyond "Band-Aid" Environmentalism. Written with the passion and zeal that has already inspired hundreds of thousands of people, it is an important call to arms in a war America must not lose.
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Adam Werbach is the 24-year-old president of the Sierra Club, North America's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, with more than 500,000 members, chapters in every sate and province, and a history that began with the protection of Yosemite National Park. He lives in San Francisco, California.From Library Journal:
How many trees died to produce this shallow, disappointing book by the youngest president of the Sierra Club? Somehow, one had expected something more insightful and inspiring from the dynamic 24-year-old Werbach, who revitalized an aging, moribund environmental organization by attracting younger members and media attention. Instead, he has compiled a disorganized mishmash of badly written (and edited) MTV soundbites and Generation X platitudes on the importance of protecting the environment and the evils of Newt Gingrich. While Werbach tries to inspire readers to get involved by citing the actions of individuals who have made a difference, he also uses as examples such "celebrities" as Steven Seagal and Woody Harrelson. One hopes that the bright and talented Werbach eventually acquires the maturity and wisdom of Sierra Club founder John Muir. This book might appeal to high school and college students, but older readers will pass.
-?Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
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