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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.

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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.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Practical, ecological, and philosophical grounds for a conservation ethic

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253220806
Author:
Sanders, Scott Russell
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
Sanders, Scott R. (Scott Russell)
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Sustainable living
Subject:
Conservation of natural resources
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Ecology and Environment; Essays and Belles Lettres; Indiana and the Midwest; Literature and Literary Studies; Philosophy
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.46 x 0.56 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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