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FGCU Professors Co-Edit Book on Earth Charter; Published by University of Georgia Press

FORT MYERS, FL - The University of Georgia Press recently released a new book co-edited by Florida Gulf Coast University professors Peter Blaze Corcoran and A. James Wohlpart. "A Voice for Earth: American Writers Respond to the Earth Charter," is a collection of poems, essays and stories that together give a voice to the ethical principles outlined in the Earth Charter. They will be presenting the book at the upcoming Miami Book Fair, Sunday, Nov. 16.

Adopted in 2000, the Earth Charter's mission is to address the economic, social, political, spiritual and environmental problems confronting the world in the 21st century.

Part 1 of the book, "Imagination into Principle," comprises Steven C. Rockefeller's behind-the-scenes summary of how the language for the Earth Charter was drafted.

In part 2, "Principle into Imagination," ten writers breathe life into its concepts with their own original work. Contributors include Rick Bass, Alison Hawthorne Deming, John Lane, Robert Michael Pyle, Janisse Ray, Scott Russell Sanders, Lauret Savoy and Mary Evelyn Tucker.

In part 3 of the book, "Imagination and Principle into a New Ethic," Leonardo Boff offers a new paradigm created through reflecting on the concept of care in the Earth Charter.

Peter Blaze Corcoran is a professor of environmental studies and environmental education and director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at FGCU. He is editor of "The Earth Charter in Action: Toward a Sustainable World."

James Wohlpart is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at FGCU. He is the former associate director of the center.

The book is available in paperback and retails for $16.95.

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all peoples a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family and the larger living world.

For more information, contact Corcoran at (239) 590-7166, or Wohlpart at (239) 590-7181.

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