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A Reader for Writers

Carl Herndl

Publication Date - 03 December 2013

ISBN: 9780199947508

448 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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Read. Write. Oxford. Can writing about the environment make invisible issues visible?


Read. Write. Oxford.

Sustainability: A Reader for Writers focuses on the timely and vital subject of sustainability, examining the latest research on economics, society, resource planning, and the environment. It takes on key issues including climate change; food, water, and soil; energy and resource management; and trash. The articles embody a range of experiences, ideas, and strategies-from scientific research and engaging questions to poetic reflection and powerful arguments.

Developed for the freshman composition course, Sustainability: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and scientific reading selections, providing students with the rhetorical knowledge and compositional skills required to participate effectively in academic and public conversations about the environment.

Sustainability: A Reader for Writers is part of a series of brief single-topic readers from Oxford University Press designed for today's college writing courses. Each reader in this series approaches a topic of contemporary conversation from multiple perspectives.

About the Author(s)

Carl G. Herndl is Professor of English and teaches in the graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition in the English department at the University of South Florida. He is also Associate Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability where he teaches in the Masters program in Sustainability.

Table of Contents

    1. Us: How We Live With Each Other and With the World
    Rachel Carson, "The Obligation to Endure." Silent Spring
    Aldo Leopold, "Thinking Like a Mountain." Sand County Almanac
    Jared Diamond, "The World as Polder: What Does it Mean to Us Today." Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
    Garrett Hardin, "Tragedy of the Commons." Science
    2. Trash: The Costs of Throwing "Stuff" Away
    Annie Leonard, "The Story of Stuff: Electronics." Story of Stuff Project
    Annie Leonard, "The Story of Stuff: Bottled Water." Story of Stuff Project
    Chris Caroll, "High Tech Trash." National Geographic
    Luke W. Cole and Sheila R. Foster, "We Speak for Ourselves: The Struggle of Kettleman City." From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement
    Emily Fontaine, "Where Did Our Clothes Come From?" Le Quaintrelle blog
    Lucy Siegle, "Why It's Time to End Our Love Affair With Cheap Fashion." The Observer
    Gay Hawkins, "Worm Stories." The Ethics of Waste: How We Relate to Rubbish
    3. Food: A Different View of the Food Chain
    Jeff Opperman, "Getting to Know Your Bacon: Hogs, Farms, and Clean Water." The Nature Conservancy blog
    Sarah Lozanova, "Starbucks Coffee: Green or Greenwashed?" GreenBiz.com blog
    Stephanie Wear, "Finding Nemo on Your Plate." The Nature Conservancy blog
    Dan Charles, "How Community Supported Agriculture Sprouted in China." The Salt. National Public Radio blog
    Michael Pollan, "The Genius of the Place." Omnivore's Dilemma
    Deborah Whitman, "Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?" ProQuest
    Paul Epstein, "Food Security and Climate Change: The True Cost of Carbon." The Atlantic
    4. Climate Change: What It Is, How It Affects Us, and Why We Argue About It So Much
    Ralph Cicerone, "Finding Climate Change and Being Useful." National Council for Science and the Environment
    National Research Council, "Advancing the Science of Climate Change." Advancing the Science of Climate Change
    Terry Cannon, "Gender and Climate Hazards in Bangladesh." Gender and Development
    Roman Krznaric, "Empathy and Climate Change: A Proposal for a Revolution of Human Relationships." Future Ethics: Climate Change and Apocalyptic Imagination
    New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, "Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action." Evangelical Climate Initiative webpage
    5. Energy: Supply, Demand and Invisible Consequences
    National Research Council. "Energy Supply and Use." Advancing the Science of Climate Change
    Liz Barratt-Brown, "It is All About the Framing: How Polls and the Media Misrepresent the Keystone XL [Tar Sands] [Oil] Pipeline." National Resources Defense Council blog
    Climate Guest Blogger, "'Thinking Big' on Efficiency Could Cut U.S. Energy Costs up to $16 Trillion and Create 1.9 Million Net Jobs by 2050."
    Vandana Shiva, "Food for Cars or People: Biofuels a False Solution to Climate Change and a Threat to Food Security." Soil Not Oil
    Thomas L. Friedman, "The Age of Noah: Biodiversity." Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew America
    Evan I. Schwartz, "How Not to Make Energy Decisions: Lessons from the Battle Over Cape Wind." Technology Review MIT
    Willett Kempton, "The Offshore Power Debate: Views from Cape Cod." Coastal Management
    Christopher Bateman, "A Colossal Fracking Mess." Vanity Fair
    6. Soil and Water: Resources We Take for Granted
    David Montgomery, "Good Old Dirt." Dirt: the Erosion of Civilization
    Monday Creek Restoration Project, "Upstream Rock Run Coal Mine Remediation." from Up the Creek, Fall 2010 1.1 Newsletter
    Sandra Steingraber, "The Case for Gardening as a Means to Curb Climate Change." Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis
    Bryan Walsh, "Nature: A Major Company Puts a Value on the Environment." Time blog, "Science and Space"
    Dan Charles, "Putting Farmland on a Fertilizer Diet." The Salt. National Public Radio blog
    Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, "About Hypoxia." Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico webpage
    Cynthia Barnett, "The Illusion of Water Abundance." Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis
    Michael Specter, "Why Sewers Should EXCITE Us." from "We Are All Downstream." water.org
    Lisa Stiffler, "All You Need to Know About Storm Water Runoff." Sightline Daily, Blog of the Sightline Institute
    Elizabeth Kolbert, "The Darkening Sea." The New Yorker

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