By Scott Russell Sanders
As an antidote to the damaging tradition of intake dominating American existence this day, Scott Russell Sanders demands a tradition of conservation that permits us to take pleasure in and defend the realm, rather than devouring it. How may perhaps we shift to a tougher and in charge lifestyle? What alterations in values and habit could be required? Ranging geographically from southern Indiana to the Boundary Waters barren region and culturally from the Bible to billboards, Sanders extends the visions of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson to our personal day. A Conservationist Manifesto indicates the the most important relevance of a conservation ethic at a time of mounting drawback approximately worldwide weather swap, depletion of traditional assets, extinction of species, and the commercial inequities among wealthy and negative countries. the real message of this robust ebook is that conservation isn't easily a private advantage yet a public one.
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Youngsters readily understand that rivers and lakes gather whatever falls or is dumped on the land, and that streams reveal the 36 Common Wealth state of health for the whole watershed. They understand that each of us lives in the embrace of a river. My own home in southern Indiana is embraced by the east and west forks of the White River, a name that has always struck me as utterly bland. I would have much preferred the Delaware name, Wah-pi-ha-ni, which sounds more evocative and musical to my ears.
In a society obsessed with competition, we need to say why we practice cooperation. In a culture addicted to instant gratification, we need to champion long-term healing. The glorification of private wealth will go on around the clock, in every medium, without any help from us. We need to counter that chorus by lifting our voices in praise of the wealth we share, recalling how our lives depend on one another, on generations past and future, on the bountiful Earth and all its creatures, on the spirit that lifts us into being and sustains us through every moment and reclaims us in the end.
Nothing in nature expands forever. Certainly nothing on Earth grows unchecked, neither bodies nor cities nor economies. Buried in the word growth is the wisdom of people blessed with outdoor understanding, people who watched the grass rise and fall each year like a green wave. \ The word resource embodies a similar insight. As we commonly use the word, it means “raw material,” something we burn for energy, pulp for paper, or mine for steel. We speak of natural resources, human resources, financial resources, in each case referring to one kind of stuff that can be used to make other kinds of stuff.
A Conservationist Manifesto by Scott Russell Sanders