Earth visionaries. Climate drivers. Believers. World in their Hands tells the stories of those who saw the importance of our natural world and dedicated their lives to its conservation, preservation, and protection in diverse and inspiring ways. These were tireless champions—thinkers, doers, and fighters who spoke up and took action long before it was fashionable, or critical.
Thinkers such as Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold ground us in their deeply rooted emotional and physical attachments to nature. Doers like Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Rachel Carson include those who geared up and went out there to study, learn, record, report, and otherwise inspire the rest of the world. Fighters are the folks that got vocal, sometimes loudly, and stood their ground in the face of staunch adversity and resistance. Even at their own peril, they refused to abandon their commitment to saving a species or coveted piece of land.
Taking the preservation of the natural world into their own hands, their efforts led to the founding of the National Park Service and the Wilderness Society, the establishment of the Wilderness Act, the preservation of untold millions of acres of land around the world, and countless other victories. Their inspiring stories evoke a deeper appreciation of nature in each of us; showing us where we’ve been, how far we’ve come, and what the road ahead will look like for the next generation of conservation crusaders, at a time when conservation, environmentalism, and action is more vital than ever.
Steve Johnson is a self-propelled recreation junkie and fan of all things outdoors. Author of more than thirty outdoor interest titles and regular appearances in Backpacker and other award-winning magazines, he has also partnered with some of America’s most influential business leaders to write their riveting stories, including an influential and in-progress look at sustainability efforts around the world. And don't miss his first children’s book, The Big Bog, a fun outdoor learning adventure story with a great message and start of a nationwide series.
Building on a dynamic career in sustainability, natural resources communication, and editing, Steve’s work includes outdoor where-to and related subjects, with additional publications in the sports world, government agencies, business and memoir writing, historic preservation, and climate change. His lifelong passion for nature inspired responsible outdoor recreation efforts in the Upper Midwest and Colorado, as well as student-led conservation campaigns including Small Grass Big Earth, a movement to reclaim millions of acres of America’s lawns. Steve hails from Wisconsin’s far north.
NetGalley Review: 3 stars
Updated 15 Feb 2021
"This book consists of roughly ten-page recaps of the lives and accomplishments of people involved with the natural world. They’re categorized as thinkers, doers, or fighters, but I found the placements rather arbitrary as most people could easily have been placed in more than one category.
"There’s also one person who simply doesn’t belong in the book in my opinion. Nothing against his accomplishments, but agriculture doesn’t fit with the careers of all the other people profiled. I reread the introductory material and that chapter looking for an explanation without success. I think it will be obvious to all readers.
"It’s not really suitable as an introduction for children because of language used.
"I was familiar with most of the people included, but the book did make me want to read more by or about a few of them.
"Thanks to Falcon Guides and NetGalley for an early copy to read."
— Dennis McManus, Consumer Reviewer