By Scott Russell Sanders
As an antidote to the harmful tradition of intake dominating American lifestyles this day, Scott Russell Sanders demands a tradition of conservation that permits us to take pleasure in and safeguard the realm, rather than devouring it. How could we shift to a tougher and accountable lifestyle? What adjustments in values and habit might be required? Ranging geographically from southern Indiana to the Boundary Waters desert and culturally from the Bible to billboards, Sanders extends the visions of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson to our personal day. A Conservationist Manifesto indicates the the most important relevance of a conservation ethic at a time of mounting crisis approximately international weather switch, depletion of average assets, extinction of species, and the industrial inequities among wealthy and bad international locations. the real message of this robust booklet is that conservation isn't really easily a private advantage yet a public one.
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As I said earlier, much as we need wise laws and socially responsible courts, they alone will not protect our rivers or the rest of our public goods. The only sure protection is a citizenry that clearly recognizes and fiercely defends the common wealth as the prime source of our wellbeing, and as our legacy to future generations. \ Fortunately, many people sense this need. Across our country and around the world, people are shaping a new story about the sources of peace and plenty. You can see the story come alive in farmers’ markets, housing co-ops, land trusts, neighborhood councils, and town theaters.
A re-source is something that rises anew, like grass in a meadow or water in a spring. In the world of hunters, gatherers, herders, and planters, what bounty surges forth time and again, year in and year out? The light and warmth of sun, the life-giving water of rain and snow, the ebb and flow of tides; alewives and salmon returning to spawn; migrating bison and caribou; trees for canoes and shelters and fires; berries and seeds; fruits and nuts; corn and beans and squash; lambs, calves, children, and chicks.
Dollars come and go. Stock prices rise and fall. The only forms of wealth that endure are 48 A Few Earthy Words those we possess and care for in common—the legacy of knowledge and skills, the humane institutions, the settlements and farms, and the fruitful earth. \ Just as we have taken too narrow and private a view of wealth, so we have taken too shallow a view of community. We speak of golf communities, resort communities, and online communities, as if they were places we could visit or leave at our whim.
A Conservationist Manifesto by Scott Russell Sanders