The Authors

"The mission of environmentalism is to mobilize society at all levels to confront the danger and disorder into which human activity has propelled us and guide us to a safer, saner way of living on the planet.... Environmentalism has never been about catastrophe. It is about alternatives, about changing course, about transforming the future."

— Philip Shabecoff, from Earth Rising

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Philip Shabecoff was the New York Times's chief environmental correspondent for 14 of the 32 years he spent as a reporter for that paper. He also served the NY Times as a foreign correspondent in Europe and Asia; as White House correspondent during the Nixon and Ford administrations; and he covered national economics, labor, and health care policy. After leaving the Times, he founded and was publisher of Greenwire, the online daily digest of environmental news. He is the author of three well-received books about environmental history and policy, including A Fierce Green Fire: A History of the American Environmental Movement.

He has been a commentator on the media including Meet the Press, Face the Nation, the McNeil-Lehrer Hour, Washington Week in Review, CNN News, C-Span, National Public Radio, and the BBC. He has served on numerous industry and nonprofit-advisory boards.

Philip was an original selectee of the prestigious "Global 500" award from the United Nation's Environmental Program. He received the James Madison Award from the American Library Association for leadership in expanding the public's right to know.

Alice Shabecoff was executive director of the National Consumers League, the country's oldest consumer organization; served as Director of the Office of Neighborhood Information in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and founded and was executive director of the national nonprofit Community Information Exchange. She is the co-author of A Career Guide to Community Development, which is regarded as the standard in its field.

As a freelance journalist, focusing on family and consumer topics, Alice has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune, and other U.S. and international media.