Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit

Version: Abridged
Author: Albert Jr. Gore
Narrator: Albert Jr. Gore
Genres: Politics, Current Affairs, Science & Technology, Animals & Nature
Publisher: Phoenix Audio
Published In: September 2007
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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First published in 1992, it helped place the environment on the national agenda; now, as environmental issues move front-and-center in the public consciousness, the time is right to reflect deeply on the fate of our planet and commit ourselves to its future. While An Inconvenient Truth closely examines one menace to our environment global warming Earth in the Balance takes a broader approach, focusing on the threats that everyday choices pose to our climate, water, soil, and diversity of plant and animal life. A passionate, lifelong defender of the environment, Gore describes in brave and unforgettable term show human actions and decisions can endanger or safeguard the vulnerable ecosystem that sustains us.

Reviews (3)

Don't Bother

Written by Chandlerb on July 21st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Dated, inaccurate when originally written, wandering, a total waste of time.

Informative, but a bit outdated

Written by Anonymous on May 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very good read but was published in 1992, so quite a bit of the information is outdated. The sad part is that the author points out problems that we have done next to nothing to fix over that past 18 years. A bit depressing how little has been done for the environment in the past several decades.

Somewhat dry and dated but still relevant

Written by Anonymous from Arlington, MA on August 31st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Al Gore wrote this over twelve years ago, but many of his points still resonate painfully today. His gripes about Bush I are eerily applicable to Bush II. Gore wrote this prior to the surging popularity of SUVs, 9/11, the Enron scandal, the US backing out of Kyoto, the second Gulf war, and daily record-high oil prices; it's uncanny to listen to Gore's perspectives with the hindsight of twelve years. Where might we be if Gore were President? How would Gore's acceptance of science and zen-like approach to his Christian faith (as opposed to hardcore neo-con fundamentalism) have affected policy? At the very least, we likely wouldn't have to hear Michael Moore whining all the time. Though Gore tried to end on an optimisitc note, I'm left in a mournful state of regret thinking about what could have been. I've never been much of a tree-hugger or activist, but today's Earth is completely out of balance.

Author Details

Author Details

Gore, Albert Jr.

Former Vice President Al Gore is chairman of Current TV, an independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people. He also serves as chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that focuses on a new approach to sustainable investing. The author of two previous bestsellers, "Earth in the Balance" and "An Inconvenient Truth,"