I wrote it, so what I think is perhaps not as salient as what others think:
“Gailus delivers a left hook to Parks Canada’s bogus claims to put conservaI wrote it, so what I think is perhaps not as salient as what others think:
“Gailus delivers a left hook to Parks Canada’s bogus claims to put conservation ahead of tourist development, and gives a well deserved right cross to our cynical Alberta Government, which seems bent on letting grizzly bears blink out into oblivion. If you care about wild bears and wild lands, read this book.”
~ Sid Marty recently won the Grant MacEwan Literary Arts Award, Albert’s most prestigous writing prize. His latest book, Black Grizzly at Whiskey Creek, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award.
“Like the roar of an angry bear, this book should set your pulse racing. Jeff Gailus weaves science, policy, and personal experience into a passionate and provocative critique of Canada’s failed efforts to halt the decline of the grizzly bear.”
~ David R. Boyd is an environmental lawyer, professor, activist and author of Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy.
“I think Ed Abbey would recognize an articulate and angry compatriot in Canadian Jeff Gailus, author of The Grizzly Manifesto. His book is urgent and incisive, a clarion call to Albertans to save their Great Bear, and in the process, themselves. American readers will find a comparative reassurance about our recent progress in preserving grizzlies, and at the same time a stark reminder of how interconnected the natural world is, and how seductive the industrial tourist model of development can be. This is a supple, strong book that every Albertan should read and a book that will inspire any one anywhere who cares about the living world.”
~ Phil Condon, author of Nine Ten Again, Clay Center, Montana Surround; Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Montana
“In this …well-written and well-researched book, Jeff Gailus makes it clear that the grizzly bear is more than just a symbol of the wilderness in which we both evolved. A perfect blend of science and story-telling, The Grizzly Manifesto reminds us that the Great Bear is an essential part of the healthy ecosystems we on which we so desperately rely. Perhaps more important, it provides a compelling case for why Canadians should care about the grizzly’s future – and a thoughtful blueprint for how we can ensure it remain a part of our natural and social heritage for generations to come.”
~ David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.
“The Grizzly Manifesto provides a compelling critical assessment of efforts by Parks Canada, the Alberta government, and the federal Canadian government to protect the grizzly bear from extirpation/extinction in Canada. Jeff Gailus accurately documents the reasons why Canada’s national parks legislation and endangered species legislation have failed the grizzly bear. His indictment of our inherent trust in government to do the right thing when it comes to environmental protection goes to the core of what is wrong with Canadian environmental law today. His ability to deliver these messages together with heartfelt narrative on what it means to observe or encounter a grizzly bear in the wild makes The Grizzly Manifesto required reading for anyone interested in environmental protection or the rule of law in Canada.”
~ Shaun Fluker, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Calgary...more
This is no happy-go lucky book celebrating the progress of the last 30 years. Indeed, Mr. Judt, whom some have called one of the West’s leading thinkeThis is no happy-go lucky book celebrating the progress of the last 30 years. Indeed, Mr. Judt, whom some have called one of the West’s leading thinkers, starts the book off by admitting that “something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today.” He then goes on to explain, in readable and eloquent prose, how we got here and how we might turn things around to create a better future for ensuing generations.
Alberta suffers, as much or more as the United States and the United Kingdom of which he writes, of the moral malaise that has overcome us here in the early twenty-first century. “For thirty years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest: indeed, this very pursuit now constitutes whatever remains of our sense of collective purpose. We know what things cost but have no idea what they are worth. We no longer ask of a judicial ruling or a legislative act: Is it good? Is it fair? Is it just? Is it right? Will it help bring about a better society or a better world? Those used to be the political questions, even if they invited no easy answers. We must learn, once again, to pose them.”
It’s worth noting that Judt wrote this book, as he was dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease, for “young people” on both sides of the Atlantic, by which he meant the future generations of North America and Europe, that they may better understand where we have come from, where we are headed, and what other options might help solve some of our most pressing problems.