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As an antidote to the destructive culture of consumption dominating American life today, Scott Russell Sanders calls for a culture of conservation that allows us to savor and preserve the world, instead of devouring it. How might we shift to a more durable and responsible way of life? What changes in values and behavior will be required? Ranging geographically from southern Indiana to the Boundary Waters Wilderness and culturally from the Bible to billboards, Sanders extends the visions of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson to our own day. A Conservationist Manifesto shows the crucial relevance of a conservation ethic at a time of mounting concern about global climate change, depletion of natural resources, extinction of species, and the economic inequities between rich and poor nations. The important message of this powerful book is that conservation is not simply a personal virtue but a public one.
Scott Russell Sanders, Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington, is the author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including Writing from the Center (IUP, 1995), Hunting for Hope, and A Private History of Awe. Sanders is winner of the Lannan Literary Award, John Burroughs Essay Award for Natural History, AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction, and the 2009 Mark Twain Award. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Preface Part One: Caring for Earth Building Arks Common Wealth A Few Earthy Words Two Stones The Warehouse and the Wilderness Part Two: Caring for Our Home Ground The Geography of Somewhere Hometown On Loan from the Sundance Sea Big Trees, Still Water, Tall Grass Limberlost Part Three: Caring for Generations to Come Wilderness as a Sabbath for the Land Simplicity and Sanity Stillness A Conservationist Manifesto For the Children Words of Thanks Further Reading Notes
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