By Scott Russell Sanders
As an antidote to the damaging tradition of intake dominating American lifestyles this day, Scott Russell Sanders demands a tradition of conservation that permits us to enjoy and defend the area, rather than devouring it. How may well we shift to a tougher and dependable lifestyle? What alterations in values and habit could be required? Ranging geographically from southern Indiana to the Boundary Waters wasteland 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 exhibits the the most important relevance of a conservation ethic at a time of mounting problem approximately worldwide weather switch, depletion of normal assets, extinction of species, and the commercial inequities among wealthy and bad international locations. the real message of this robust e-book is that conservation isn't easily a private advantage yet a public one.
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Of course we need wise legislation at the local, state, and national level to protect our rivers, along with the rest of our common wealth. But what we need even more is a change in mindset. Here again, we can begin by reviving an old mindset, one that has been enshrined in cultural practices and legal principles for centuries. To stay with rivers 38 Common Wealth for a moment longer, I could cite as illustration the edict issued by the Roman Emperor Justinian in 535 ce: By the law of nature these things are common to mankind—the air, running water, the sea, and consequently the shores of the sea.
Not all those who sympathized with the Bluebird 16 could be accommodated in the courtroom during the arraignment, so an overflow crowd milled about in the hallways. According to the newspaper, employees in nearby offices sprayed air-freshener in the direction of this motley crew, presumably to banish the odor of unwashed bodies. The gesture prompted me to imagine the rank smell in Noah’s legendary ark, and to wonder how the offended employees of the justice building would manage to endure forty days and forty nights down in the grunting, roaring, hissing hold, or even to sleep for one night high up in the arms of an oak.
We know, in fact, that a child growing up in a hateful family will suffer injury, as will a horse drinking from a polluted stream, or a tree drenched by acid rain. So the soundness of the part depends on the soundness of the whole. The health of individuals depends on the health of their households, communities, and homelands. Like a healthy person, healthy land is vibrant, self-renewing, and lovely. It radiates a sense of integrity, all its parts gathering to form a resilient whole. We encounter such dynamic integrity not only in big wilderness but also in farms and forests that have been cared for through generations, in roadside ditches that simmer with butterflies, in streams that run with salmon, in schoolyard gardens and city parks.
A Conservationist Manifesto by Scott Russell Sanders