Dr. Howard Ernst, a leading authority on the Chesapeake Bay, will speak about his new book Fight for the Bay: Why a Dark Green Environmental Awakening is Needed to Save the Chesapeake Bay, on Nov. 10 at the School of Law. The event will take place in the Ceremonial Courtroom from 6-7 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception. Scheduled for release in October 2009, Fight for the Bay analyzes how decision-makers in the environmental, political, and journalistic communities have failed the Chesapeake Bay, and what actions they must take to restore it.
This event is open to the public, but email Lisetta Silvestri (email@example.com) of the Maryland Environmental Law Society to make your required RSVP. Books will be available for purchase.
In his book, Dr. Ernst argues that politicians and environmentalists are oftentimes too willing to compromise, adopting what he calls a "light green" mentality. While acknowledging that compromise is a healthy part of our political process, Dr. Ernst maintains that the Chesapeake Bay needs advocates to mount a "dark green" revolution to ensure adequate environmental protection. According to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., "Professor Ernst's new concept — the political dead zone – will change the way people think about environmental politics. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned with environmental protection."
Dr. Ernst also discusses how problems in the media, such as financial shortfalls, have led to a loss in coverage of major environmental issues. This leads, he argues, to a less-informed public. "It is likely that the fall of environmental journalism has left the system less resilient and more susceptible to the ills of the political dead zone," writes Ernst.
The book concludes with essays written by prominent local environmental advocates.
Dr. Ernst is an associate professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he teaches courses on U.S. government, the legislative process, and environmental politics. In addition, he serves as a Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. Dr. Ernst’s research focuses primarily on the U.S. political system and environmental policy. His first book on the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Blues: Science, Politics, and the Struggle to Save the Bay, is used in a number of academic programs around the country.
This program is co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Program and the Maryland Environmental Law Society (MELS) at the University of Maryland School of Law, with the help of generous funding from the University Student Government Association. Drawing on extensive expertise in law, science, and other disciplines to address the rapidly changing challenges of environmental policy, Maryland’s pioneering Environmental Law Program has been among the nation's best for over two decades. MELS is one of the nation's first student environmental law societies.