Take Heart: Encouragement for Earth's Weary Lovers by Moore, Kathleen Dean

Take Heart: Encouragement for Earth's Weary Lovers

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Earth's weary lovers are tired, perplexed, and battered from all directions. Their hearts have so often been broken. It's hard to go on, but it is morally impossible to quit. How do Earth's protectors find the heart to continue the struggle?

To this question, environmental philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore and Canadian artist Bob Haverluck bring twenty-two life-affirming essays and drawings. Their entwined art offers pluck, stubborn resolve, and even some laughter to those who have for years been working for environmental sanity, social justice, and ecological thriving.

What Moore and Haverluck offer is encouragement to join or keep on with Earth's work--not distractions, but deep and honest reasons to remember that the struggle matters. Rather than another to-do list or an empty promise of hope, Take Heart is a thank-you gift to the multitudes of Earth's defenders. Inside its pages, they will find reason to take heart.

Taking heart is not hope exactly, but maybe it's courage. Not solutions to the planetary crisis, but some modest advice for the inevitable crisis of the heart. A rueful grin, and gratitude to be part of this strange and necessary work for the endangered Earth.

Author: Kathleen Dean Moore
Binding Type: Paperback
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Published: 06/14/2022
Pages: 160
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.40h x 6.90w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780870711770

About the Author
Kathleen Dean Moore is a philosopher, environmental advocate, and award-winning nature writer, best known for books that celebrate rivers and shores, like Riverwalking and Wild Comfort. Her concern about climate change and ecosystem collapse led her to turn her writing to the defense of the wild, reeling world she cares so much about. She writes from Corvallis, Oregon, and from a cabin in southeast Alaska.

Bob Haverluck is an artist and storyteller who works with community groups using the arts to help engage issues of conflict and violence against the Earth and her creatures. His drawings have appeared in Harpers, New Statesman, and other publications. A former adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg and a current mentor with the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation in Montreal, Bob teaches with an eye to the role of comedy in social change. His most recent book is When God Was Flesh and Wild: Stories in Defence of the Earth.