Denis L. Daigneault, Jean Chevrier,
Jeanne Poulin, and
Gerald C. Gummersell, Editors
The environmental movement, whose modern form began in the late 1940s and early 1950s, is a worldwide scientific, social, and political cause that has sensitized the public, governments, and industry to issues such as preserving the natural environment and combating climate change. Its advocates have promoted sustainable development in public policy and changes to individual behaviour to minimize human impacts on world ecosystems. Private citizens, politicians, scientists, non-profit organizations and individual advocates figure in this international initiative.
The biographies in this book explore the achievements, influence and legacy of environmental leaders since World War II. The individuals profiled are all visionaries and innovators dedicated to issues such as maintaining ecological diversity and curbing environmentally harmful human activities, which have had huge international repercussions.
The Environmentalists is the first in a new series of books on inter-national leaders, in English and French. This series continues the successful format of the Canadian Leadership Collection, which has proven popular among students, academics, the media and the public.
In addition to biographical essays, the book will include an introductory chapter on the history of environmentalism and its early proponents.
The book will also include some of the major reports of environmental groups and the solutions or pathways put forward to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The following individuals represent a preliminary list of people whose biographies will appear in the book. The names listed here are for purposes of illustration only. Specialists with expertise in the field will help make the final selection.
Sir David Attenborough, David R. Brower, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Berta Cáceres, Joan Carling, Rachel Carson, Dominic Champagne, Charles, Prince of Wales,
Barry Commoner, Jacques Cousteau, Jane Goodall, Al Gore, Steven Guilbeault, Antonio Guttierez, Naomi Klein, Jean Lemire, Aldo Leopold, Wangari Maathi
Karel Mayrand, John Muir, Mohan Munasinghe, Gaylord Nelson, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Vo Quy, Vanada Shiva, Marina Silva, Maurice Strong, David Suzuki, Paul Watson, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Abdul Hamid Zakri.