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"What We Leave Behind is a scathing indictment of our culture's wanton disregard for, and destruction of, life on earth. ...unwaveringly forthright, urgent and compelling." Jeremy Garber, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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“Derrick Jensen is a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world. He has wisdom and wit, grace and style, and is a wonderful guide to a good life beautifully lived.”—Howard Zinn

What We Leave Behind is a piercing, impassioned guide to living a truly responsible life on earth. Human waste, once considered a gift to the soil, has become toxic material that has broken the essential cycle of decay and regeneration. Here, award-winning writer Derrick Jensen and activist Aric McBay weave historical analysis and devastatingly beautiful prose to remind us that life — human and nonhuman — will not go on unless we do everything we can to facilitate the most basic process on earth, the root of sustainability: one being’s waste must always become another being’s food.

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"This compelling book has a refreshing style, at once very personal and very passionate. It is also thorough, with historical, scientific, statistical, and anecdotal evidence filtered through a lot of anger and some quirky humor." Ilse Heidmann, Library Journal

Synopsis:

An impassioned critique of the way we handle our waste.

Synopsis:

What We Leave Behind is a piercing, impassioned guide to living a truly responsible life on earth. Human waste, once considered a gift to the soil, has become toxic material that has broken the essential cycle of decay and regeneration. Here, award-winning author Derrick Jensen and activist Aric McBay weave historical analysis and devastatingly beautiful prose to remind us that life—human and nonhuman—will not go on unless we do everything we can to facilitate the most basic process on earth, the root of sustainability: one being's waste must always become another beings food.

Synopsis:

“This compelling book has a refreshing style, at once very personal and very passionate.”—Library Journal

“Jensen and McBay's message that we need to grow up and ‘put away the childish notion that we have the right to take whatever we want from nonhumans’ is eminently reasonable.”—Publishers Weekly

“Derrick Jensen is a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world. He has wisdom and wit, grace and style, and is a wonderful guide to a good life beautifully lived.”—Howard Zinn

“This is a fierce book…Its basic premise—that we’re in worse trouble than we understand, and that a little change around the edges won’t help—is precisely the message that needs to get out.”—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future and The End of Nature

“What We Leave Behind is the kind of direct, unflinching, personal writing that you’d expect from a memoir about a harrowing childhood, not one about the state of the planet, or what happens to waste...This is a book about choosing sides—our destructive, compartmentalized culture of the future of planet Earth.”—E Magazine

“The text moves frequently from personal narrative to hard, scientific fact to disturbing news accounts about the ongoing, wanton destruction of our planet by corporate interests...What We Leave Behind is not light reading. But a reader willing to stay on this circuitous journey to the end will be rewarded.”—Foreword Magazine

What We Leave Behind is a piercing, impassioned guide to living a truly responsible life on earth. Human waste, once considered a gift to the soil, has become toxic material that has broken the essential cycle of decay and regeneration. Here, award-winning writer Derrick Jensen and activist Aric McBay weave historical analysis and devastatingly beautiful prose to remind us that life—human and nonhuman—will not go on unless we do everything we can to facilitate the most basic process on earth, the root of sustainability: one being’s waste must always become another being’s food.

Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, Derrick Jensen holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics. His books include Endgame, volumes 1 and 2; As the World Burns, with Stephanie McMillan; A Language Older Than Words; and The Culture of Make Believe.

Aric McBay is a writer, activist, and small-scale organic farmer who works to share information about community sufficiency and off-the-grid skills. He is the author of Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life after Gridcrash and creator of “In the Wake: A Collective Manual-in-progress for Outliving Civilization” (www.inthewake.org).

About the Author

Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, Derrick Jensen holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics. His books include Endgame, volumes 1 and 2; As the World Burns, with Stephanie McMillan; A Language Older Than Words; and The Culture of Make Believe.

Aric McBay is a writer, activist, and small-scale organic farmer who works to share information about community sufficiency and off-the-grid skills. He is the author of Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life after Gridcrash.

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Christine LaPado, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Christine LaPado)
This book by eco-activists Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay is a must-read for anyone who gives the teensiest darn about the rapidly decaying state of our fragile environment and its inhabitants--especially the nonhuman ones. The small section on the mind-boggling (and growing) glut of plastics clogging up our oceans and killing marine life alone is worth the price of admission. This is a hard-hitting, eye-opening, compassion-inspiring book that should be on everyone's bookshelf or wish list. No one who cares about the state of the planet we are leaving for the coming generations should go without reading this book.
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davidscottlevi, July 7, 2009 (view all comments by davidscottlevi)
I wholeheartedly agree with the review from Powell's. This is a brave, honest, beautiful, crucial book. It spells out in no uncertain terms what industrial civilization is, what it can and cannot be, why it is destroying the community of life on Earth, why it cannot help but destroy the community of life on Earth, and why it must be stopped. It is a message that must get through to the vast majority of would-be or so-called "activists" who fall into the trap of "magical thinking" by acting as though their personal lifestyle choices, their spirituality, their use of strictly safe and sanctioned (legal) means to oppose the death culture will actually do anything other than facilitate the most horrific possible endgame for this culture and the planet. As Frederick Douglas said in 1857 (this is quoted in the book), "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will... The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." Thank you to Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay for writing this book, and doing all the other great work they do.
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anikulkarni, May 2, 2009 (view all comments by anikulkarni)
On Jan 2, 2008, JARED DIAMOND wrote in NYT:

"The average rates at which people consume resources like oil and metals, and produce wastes like plastics and greenhouse gases, are about 32 times higher in North America, Western Europe, Japan and Australia than they are in the developing world...

...The estimated one billion people who live in developed countries have a relative per capita consumption rate of 32. Most of the world’s other 5.5 billion people constitute the developing world, with relative per capita consumption rates below 32, mostly down toward 1.

The population especially of the developing world is growing, and some people remain fixated on this. They note that populations of countries like Kenya are growing rapidly, and they say that’s a big problem. Yes, it is a problem for Kenya’s more than 30 million people, but it’s not a burden on the whole world, because Kenyans consume so little. (Their relative per capita rate is 1.) A real problem for the world is that each of us 300 million Americans consumes as much as 32 Kenyans. With 10 times the population, the United States consumes 320 times more resources than Kenya does..."

Rich and upper middle-class people in developing countries consume as much as Americans.

They will do well to learn following from this book:

"When most people in this culture ask, "How can we stop global warming?" that's not really what they're asking. They're asking, "How can we stop global warming, without significantly changing this lifestyle that is causing global warming in the first place?"
The answer is you can't.
It's a stupid, absurd, and insane question."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781583228678
Author:
Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Author:
Jensen, Derrick
Author:
McBay, Aric
Subject:
Pollution
Subject:
Refuse and refuse disposal
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Sustainable living
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.3 in 18.5 oz

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Product details 464 pages Seven Stories Press - English 9781583228678 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "What We Leave Behind is a scathing indictment of our culture's wanton disregard for, and destruction of, life on earth. ...unwaveringly forthright, urgent and compelling." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "This compelling book has a refreshing style, at once very personal and very passionate. It is also thorough, with historical, scientific, statistical, and anecdotal evidence filtered through a lot of anger and some quirky humor."
"Synopsis" by ,
An impassioned critique of the way we handle our waste.
"Synopsis" by , What We Leave Behind is a piercing, impassioned guide to living a truly responsible life on earth. Human waste, once considered a gift to the soil, has become toxic material that has broken the essential cycle of decay and regeneration. Here, award-winning author Derrick Jensen and activist Aric McBay weave historical analysis and devastatingly beautiful prose to remind us that life—human and nonhuman—will not go on unless we do everything we can to facilitate the most basic process on earth, the root of sustainability: one being's waste must always become another beings food.
"Synopsis" by ,

“This compelling book has a refreshing style, at once very personal and very passionate.”—Library Journal

“Jensen and McBay's message that we need to grow up and ‘put away the childish notion that we have the right to take whatever we want from nonhumans’ is eminently reasonable.”—Publishers Weekly

“Derrick Jensen is a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world. He has wisdom and wit, grace and style, and is a wonderful guide to a good life beautifully lived.”—Howard Zinn

“This is a fierce book…Its basic premise—that we’re in worse trouble than we understand, and that a little change around the edges won’t help—is precisely the message that needs to get out.”—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future and The End of Nature

“What We Leave Behind is the kind of direct, unflinching, personal writing that you’d expect from a memoir about a harrowing childhood, not one about the state of the planet, or what happens to waste...This is a book about choosing sides—our destructive, compartmentalized culture of the future of planet Earth.”—E Magazine

“The text moves frequently from personal narrative to hard, scientific fact to disturbing news accounts about the ongoing, wanton destruction of our planet by corporate interests...What We Leave Behind is not light reading. But a reader willing to stay on this circuitous journey to the end will be rewarded.”—Foreword Magazine

What We Leave Behind is a piercing, impassioned guide to living a truly responsible life on earth. Human waste, once considered a gift to the soil, has become toxic material that has broken the essential cycle of decay and regeneration. Here, award-winning writer Derrick Jensen and activist Aric McBay weave historical analysis and devastatingly beautiful prose to remind us that life—human and nonhuman—will not go on unless we do everything we can to facilitate the most basic process on earth, the root of sustainability: one being’s waste must always become another being’s food.

Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, Derrick Jensen holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics. His books include Endgame, volumes 1 and 2; As the World Burns, with Stephanie McMillan; A Language Older Than Words; and The Culture of Make Believe.

Aric McBay is a writer, activist, and small-scale organic farmer who works to share information about community sufficiency and off-the-grid skills. He is the author of Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life after Gridcrash and creator of “In the Wake: A Collective Manual-in-progress for Outliving Civilization” (www.inthewake.org).

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