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A Conservationist Manifesto Paperback – March 20, 2009
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We need to embrace a conservation ethic if we are to address such threats as the disruption of global climate, the tattering of the ozone layer, the clear-cutting of forests, the poisoning of lakes by acid rain, the collapse of ocean fisheries, the extinction of species, the looming shortages of oil and fresh water, and the spread of famine and epidemic disease.
How might we shift to a more durable and compassionate way of life? What models do we have for a culture of conservation? What changes in values and behavior would be required to bring it about? Where can we see it emerging in practice?
This book seeks answers to those questions. Ranging geographically from my home ground in southern Indiana to the Mount St. Helens volcano and Alaska's Glacier Bay and Minnesota's Boundary Waters Wilderness, and ranging culturally from the Bible to billboards, it maps the practical and ecological grounds for a conservation ethic.Read more ›
If you love this genre of literature and want an explanation how and why we should be living simpler lives without the "shock and awe" that many conservationist books seem to have, this is for you. I loved it!
I would first like to refer to another Scott Russell Sanders book, _Hunting for Hope_ (1998) to refer to a couple of concepts that run through the _Manifesto_ like twin streams of water. The first is that of simplicity:
The simplicity I seek is not the enforced austerity of the poor, which I have seen up close, and which I do not glamorize. I seek instead the richness of a gathered and deliberate life, the richness that comes from letting one's belongings and commitments be few in number and high in quality. I aim to preserve, in my ordinary days, the lightness and purpose that I have discovered on my clarifying journeys. (_Hunting for Hope_, 127)
The second concept is that of beauty:
Beauty... reminds us of the shaping power that reaches through the flower stem and through our own hands. It restores our faith in the generosity of nature. By giving us a taste of the kinship between our own small minds and the great Mind of the Cosmos, beauty reassures us that we are exactly and wonderfully made for life on this glorious planet, in this magnificent universe. (_Hunting for Hope_, 153)
Unfortunately, our modern world falls woefully short of the beautiful:
Uniform highway design, strip malls, cookie-cutter suburbs, manufactured housing, garish franchise architecture, and big-box stores surrounded by deserts of blacktop have made settlements less and less distinct from one another.Read more ›
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Wonderful book! We bought another to give to a friend. Thought-provoking and timely.Published 11 months ago by tom
This book is required reading for my son's internship at IU Bloomington, Indiana this summer at the Dept of Sustainability. Indiana University is striving to be a 'green' campus. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Kim E Irr
the book looks very new. and the quality is fine. it is a very clean book. just like a brand new one!Published on May 1, 2013 by Eleven