Conservation Science and Advocacy for a Planet in Peril

Conservation Science and Advocacy for a Planet in Peril

Speaking Truth to Power

1st Edition - August 18, 2021
  • Editor: Dominick DellaSala
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128129883
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129890

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Conservation Science and Advocacy for a Planet in Peril: Speaking Truth to Power helps equip scientists working on environmental and sustainability challenges with new tactics for success. Global efforts and cooperation by member states of environmental conventions have steadily increased but lack efficient and scalable mechanisms of translating conservation science to policy. The gap between science and policy is growing and very little time remains before the climate change and biodiversity lossess trigger widespread disruptions of the planet's life support systems. This book covers these important topics, providing a must read for environmental and conservation scientists, climate change activists, students, social scientists, economic professionals, sustainable businesses and policymakers.

Key Features

  • Provides an unprecedented collection of local, regional, and national case studies from scientists and practitioners engaged in outreach to decision makers and the public
  • Covers personal accounts that bring science into policymaking, providing usable guidelines for those working to bridge this gap
  • Includes the requisite information needed for effective communications and campaign strategies by sharing lessons learned


Environmental activists and conservation scientists and students, social scientists, economic professionals, sustainable businesses, and policy makers

Table of Contents

    1. The Nuts and Bolts of Science-Based Advocacy
    Dominick A. DellaSala
    2. When scientists are attacked: strategies for dissident scientists and whistleblowers
    Derek Lee, Monica Bond, Chad Hanson
    3. Sounding the Climate Alarm: Scientists and Politics
    Franz Baumann
    4. Science integrity and environmental decision-making in Canada: a fragile renaissance
    Jeremy T. Kerr
    5. Blowing the Whistle on Political Interference: The Northern Spotted Owl
    Dominick A. DellaSala

    6. Overcoming the politics of endangered species listings
    Noah Greenwald
    7. Scientific Integrity and Advocacy: Keeping the Government Honest
    Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists
    8. Why advocate and how?
    Robert M. Hughes, Amnis, Robert L. Vadas Jr., J. Hal Michael Jr., Beverly E. Law, Arthur C. Knutson, Jr., Dominick A. DellaSala, Jim Burroughs, and Hal Beecher
    9. Climate Reality Leadership
    Bill Bradbury

    10. Out of the Ivory Tower: Campaign Based Science Messaging for the Public
    Rich McIntyre
    11 - Essays from the Trenches of Science-based Activism
    Joel Clement, Randi Spivak, and Jennifer Mamola
    12. Shifting the Burden of Proof to Minimize Impacts During the Science-Policy Process
    Kara A. Whittaker and Peter Goldman
    13. To zero emissions and beyond? Oregon Stumbles Forward
    Angus Duncan
    14. The politics of conservation: Taking the biodiversity crisis to the streets
    David Johns
    15. When Science is Silenced: Scientists Fighting Back Against the Politicization of their Work.
    Augusta C. F. Wilson
    16. Speaking Truth to Power for the Earth
    Dominick A. DellaSala

Product details

  • No. of pages: 450
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: August 18, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128129883
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129890

About the Editor

Dominick DellaSala

Dominick DellaSala
Dominick DellaSala, Ph. D, is Chief Scientist of Wild Heritage, a project of the Earth Island Institute, and former President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America. He is an internationally renowned scholar of over 200 publications on forest ecology, endangered species, conservation biology, and climate change. Dominick has given keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations Earth Summit. He has been featured in hundreds of news stories and documentaries, testified in the US congress numerous times, and received conservation leadership and book writing awards. He is on the editorial board of Elsevier’s Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, co-chief editor of Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, The World’s Biomes, and Encyclopedia of Conservation; Co-editor the Ecological Importance of Mixed Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix (Elsevier), editor and author of the award winning Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation; and subject editor of several scientific journals. He is driven by a passion to save life on Earth for his daughters, grandkids, and future generations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Scientist, Wild Heritage, a project of the Earth Island Institute