About the Book

newsletter cover imageIn the Light of Humane Nature takes on one of the most critical problems of our time, the environmental crisis, and proposes solving it through a fundamental change in our values toward the world around us.

Narratives and discussion about the recent greening of the economy demonstrate both the direction society needs to take and what is still lacking in society’s approach. The author gives hope that we might achieve a more sustainable world by connecting with the deepest, most humane values of which we are capable.

What People Say

“I opened your book over lunch at my desk and found it so engaged that I had difficulty putting it down and returning to my year-end obligations at work. It’s beautifully composed and compelling.” – Denis Hayes, President of Bullitt Foundation, First CEO and chair of Green Seal, and gained prominent recognition as National Coordinator of the first Earth Day


Despite significant progress in recent decades, the environmental crisis is far from over. We know what needs to change, but we don’t seem to know—economically, politically, or socially—how to stop the juggernaut of destructive development and resource depletion. Something continues to undermine our efforts to become a truly sustainable society.

In the Light of Humane Nature highlights the positive accomplishments we have made recently in greening the economy and also exposes the underlying causes for our continued march toward disaster. A seasoned environmental professional, Arthur Weissman argues that what causes our environmental problems and stymies solutions ultimately relates to human values and our attitudes toward the world around us, including other humans, other species, and nature as a whole.

He provides a twist on the usual environmental critique of society by demonstrating that we will attain our true relationship to nature only when we embrace the highest human values. When our moral and aesthetic values become all encompassing and not just self serving, we will indeed be part of nature and not apart from it.

Through this engaging work he encourages all of us to live up to our highest human (and humane) ideals so that we may solve our environmental and social problems and become better human beings in the process.

In the Light of Humane Nature weaves personal narrative and autobiographical detail with professional and philosophical discussion to describe the growth of the green economy movement and what it still lacks. Throughout the discussion Weissman sticks to essential concepts all can comprehend, and he concludes with a contemporary solution and appeal to the younger generation.


•In the Light of Humane Nature addresses one of society’s most critical problems today, the environmental crisis, in a fresh, compelling way.

•The vast majority of Americans professes to be concerned about our environmental crisis but doesn’t know what to do about it; In the Light of Humane Nature provides a fundamental conceptual approach to resolving it.

•In the Light of Humane Nature interweaves personal narrative, autobiographical detail, and expository and philosophical discussion in an enticing way.

•Unlike most other works about values toward the environment, In the Light of Humane Nature is deliberately not “academic.” While it delves deeply into these concepts, it strives to be accessible to the general educated reader by using essential concepts and avoiding technical and philosophical jargon.

•In the Light of Humane Nature narrates the recent development of the green economy, putting it in context and explaining why it still falls short.


•Environmentally conscious individuals: from the “true greens” to those who just think about recycling

•Environmental and policy making professionals: all those working in non governmental organizations, agencies, etc., dealing with environmental issues

•Corporate sustainability officers, corporate C level executives, and marketing and branding professionals

•Educated readers interested in broad social issues and their solutions



Chapter 1 – Introduction: And Still the World Burns

Chapter 2 – An Historical Perspective: From End of Pipe to All of Pipe

Chapter 3 – Responsible Parties: Who Makes the Economy Green?

Chapter 4 – Common Consumer Concerns

Chapter 5 – Our Moral Relationship with Nature

Chapter 6 – Now All Is Beautiful

Chapter 7 – Conclusion: The Moral and Aesthetic Imperative

Appendix – The Green Platform


● The Bridge at the Edge of the World, James Gustave Speth, 978 0 300 15115 2, 3/10/2009

● Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Karen Armstrong, 978 0 307 74288 9, 12/27/2011

● Sandy, Asbury Park Press, 978 1 59725 417 5, 1/1/2012

Product Information

Shipment Date: 02/08/2014Pub Date: 04/08/2014Price: $16.95 USD / $16.95 CADEAN: 978‑1‑61448‑760‑9Trim: 5 x 8

Format: Trade Paper

Pages: 140

Carton Qty: 52

BISAC CodeCategory: NAT000000 ‑ Nature/GeneralBUS094000 ‑ Business & Economics/Green Business


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