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A Conservationist Manifesto

By: Scott Russell Sanders

Indiana University Press

Paperback | May 2009 | #178802 | ISBN-13: 9780253220806
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Hardback | May 2009 | #178800 | ISBN-13: 9780253353139
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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 savour 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 behaviour 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.

A seasoned professor and writer of fiction and non-fiction has given us the benefit of his journey in the worlds of literature, natural history, and religious philosophy. But A Conservationist Manifesto is more than that. Scott Russell Sanders's elegant writing reminds us once again that it is, above all, through style that power defers to reason. Wes Jackson, President, The Land Institute


PrefacePart One: Caring for EarthBuilding Arks; Common Wealth; A Few Earthy Words; Two Stones; The Warehouse and the WildernessPart Two: Caring for Our Home GroundThe Geography of Somewhere; Hometown; On Loan from the Sundance Sea; Big Trees, Still Water, Tall Grass; LimberlostPart Three: Caring for Generations to ComeWilderness as a Sabbath for the Land; Simplicity and Sanity; Stillness; A Conservationist Manifesto; For the ChildrenWords of Thanks; Further Reading; Notes

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