WHRC Celebrates Earth Day, releasing “Ecology and the Common Good: Great Issues of Environment”

Falmouth, Mass. – On Thursday, April 24, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) held an Earth Day celebration to mark the publication of Ecology and the Common Good: Great Issues of Environment, a collection of essays that were originally presented at a 2008 symposium in honor of WHRC founder, George M. Woodwell. 

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Ecologist, activist and contributing author Sandra Steingraber with WHRC’s founder George Woodwell, Acting President Richard A. Houghton and Research Associate Ekaterina Bulygina.

About 70 guests attended the reception at WHRC, which featured presentations on major environmental issues by WHRC’s Acting President, Richard A. Houghton, as well as Dr. Woodwell and Dr. Sandra Steingraber, a well-known ecologist and a contributing author of the book.

Ecology and the Common Good consists of timeless papers authored by eleven great thinkers of environmental science and public policy.  The book is a reminder that the business of government is to look after the public interest, the common good—and a part of that interest is an individual’s right to a stable, benign, and healthy environment. Without a recognition of that right and a deliberate care to maintain such an environment, the human enterprise will fail, and no form of governmental or private intervention will be able to stem the chaos.

Paperback copies are $15 each. The book is available at Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth, MA, or as an e-book at Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, or via iTunes. For more information about the book, email .


WHRC is an independent research institute where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the globe.