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A Conservationist Manifesto Paperback – March 20, 2009
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In these predictable but frequently insightful essays, Sanders (Writing from the Center) muses on how to care for the Earth, local communities and future generations. He condemns the mainstream American way of life as an infantile dream of endless consumption, endless novelty, and endless play and, calling for a dream worthy of grownups, explores ways to realize this dream, such as his own decision to stay put in one place and discover that his ambition was not to make a good career but to make a good life and remain attentive to nature and the present moment. Sanders offers a 40-point Conservationist Manifesto, which, in its thoroughness, thoughtfulness and inclusion of environmental justice issues would serve the environmentalist community well. But the most original and intriguing ideas in this book are Sanders's thoughts about words and their meanings, as when he suggests that for a season we make explicit the meaning of consumers by replacing it with devourers, or that wilderness is a Sabbath of space rather than time, and we need both kinds of Sabbath because Earth could use a respite from our demands. (Apr.)
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This is a beautiful, right-minded, and reinforcing book for all who would be conservationists. . . . Scott Sanders gives us one of the most graceful tellings of our plight, with many examples of people protecting or restoring what counts. . . . We've never been more keenly in need of his loving manual for conserving what he calls 'the basic grammar of life.'May/June 2009 (Robert Michael Pyle Orion Magazine)
In this beautifully poetic set of meditations on conservation, Sanders issues a clarion call for reversing society’s present path of ecological devastation and offers reflections on ways that individuals and society might provide better stewardship of the earth now and for future generations to come. . . . [His] eloquent book is a must-read for anyone committed to taking care of the natural world and passing it along to future generations.March/April 2009 (ForeWord)
There are others writing about sustaining the planet and ourselves who should be read. . . . But there is something more to A Conservanist Manifesto. Sanders wirtes on a literary level that places him with Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Wallace Stegner, Annie Dillard, and Wendell Berry―to name a few. Summer 2010 (The Bloomsbury Review)
Sanders' style is full of the imagery and poetic prose of Aldo Leopold, the philosophic wanderings of Henry David Thoreau, and includes Wendell Berry’s vital sense of place. A Conservationist Manifesto is sure to find its way on those treasured lists of must reads. May/June 2009 (Lynn Jenkins Indiana Living Green)
A Conservationist Manifesto is a rich book and like a rich wine or rich dessert, it is meant to be savored. Sanders sees beyond the mass destruction of consumerism and prophetically calls us to the redemptive work of conserving creation and connecting deeply with our neighbors and the places in which we live. Vol. 2, #22 (Chris Smith Englewood Review of Books)
In a world that focuses relentlessly on consumer culture, it's refreshing to read Scott Russell Sanders's plea for 'a new vision of the good life' in A Conservationist Manifesto.September-October 2010 (Audubon)
[Sanders] writes beautiful prose and never fails to stir our souls and imaginations. . . . In this awesome new book . . . Sanders outlines the practical, ecological, and ethical grounds for a conservation ethic.April 2009 (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice)
Insightful essays . . . original and intriguing. . . . Sanders offers a 40-point Conservationist Manifesto, which, in its thoroughness, thoughtfulness and inclusion of environmental justice issues would serve the environmentalist community well.February 2, 2009 (Publishers Weekly)
As an antidote to the destructive culture of consumption dominating American life today, this book calls for a culture of conservation that allows us to savor and preserve the world instead of devouring it. . . . [Its] main message is that conservation is not simply a personal virtue but a public one. 2010 (Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment)
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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!