World-renowned behavioral scientists Jane Goodall and Marc Bekoff have set forth ten trusts that we must honor as custodians of the planet. They argue passionately and persuasively that if we put these trusts to work in our lives, the earth and all its inhabitants will be able to live together harmoniously. The Ten Trusts expands the concept of our obligation to live in close relationship with animals -- for, of course, we humans are part of the animal kingdom -- challenging us to respect the interconnection between all living beings as we learn to care about and appreciate all species.
The world is changing. We are gradually becoming more aware of the damage we are inflicting on the natural world. At this critical moment for the earth, Goodall and Bekoff share their hope and vision of a world where human cruelty and hatred are transformed into compassion and love for all living beings. They dream of a day when scientists and non-scientists can work together to transform the earth into a place where human beings live in peace and harmony with animals and the natural world.
Simple yet profound, The Ten Trusts will not only change your perspective regarding how we live on this planet, it will establish your responsibilities as a steward of the natural world and show you how to live with respect for all life.
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Jane Goodall is one of the world's leading conservationists. The author of many books, including the New York Times bestseller, Reason for Hope, she is renowned for her work with the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, as well as for her extensive worldwide lecturing on conservation and preservation of all species.
Marc Bekoff is professor of biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of many books, including Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions and Heart, and is a former Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society. Bekoff is also regional coordinator for Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program, which promotes environmental awareness and community involvement of young people, senior citizens, and prisoners in over seventy countries through education and hands-on activities.From Booklist:
Scientist Goodall's profound compassion and respect for life have induced her to become a tireless activist on behalf of animals, over whom humans hold the power of life and death. Here she teams up with ethologist Bekoff, author of Minding Animals [BKL Ap 1 02], to present a riveting treatise on how to "become better and more compassionate inhabitants of Earth" by embracing 10 "trusts" that will put a stop to animal abuse, environmental destruction, and concomitant human suffering. In deeply moving true-life stories of love and altruism involving various creatures from dogs to a parrot, donkey, and pot-bellied pig, matched by indelible accounts of the healing properties of mutually affectionate human-animal relationships, these two lucid scientists declare once and for all that animals do, as any close observer will attest, possess emotions and intelligence; they do feel pain. This is prelude to harrowing descriptions of how these sentient, most likely sapient beings are routinely tortured in the service of science, medicine, agriculture, cosmetics, and entertainment. Goodall and Bekoff's mission is not to horrify but to inspire. Determinedly optimistic, they insist that every effort to eradicate these crimes against animals, no matter how modest, from buying free-range eggs to supporting animal rights groups, proves that we can still become "wise stewards of life on Earth." An accessible, compelling, and important expose. Donna Seaman
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