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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 have fun with and guard the area, rather than devouring it. How could we shift to a harder and in charge lifestyle? What alterations in values and habit can 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 drawback approximately worldwide weather switch, depletion of traditional assets, extinction of species, and the commercial inequities among wealthy and bad countries. 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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We know now that there is indeed a connection between the principle of equality and the practice of cooperation. In a true democracy, citizens do not look to an aristocracy, an oligarchy, a church, a corpora41 Caring for Earth tion, or a distant government to meet the needs of the community; we roll up our sleeves, join with our neighbors, and set to work. In spite of what the media tell us, we know that the good life is not for sale. We understand that the good life is something we make together, in partnership with other people and in harmony with nature.

Between the 1500s and the mid-1800s, nearly all of the English commons were privatized, initially through the actions of landlords and later through acts of Parliament. In the process, centuries-old relationships between Caring for Earth people and place were torn apart; a view of land as the source of livelihood for the whole community was replaced by a view of land as a commodity to be bought and sold for the benefit of the propertied class. Those who did not own land became, if they were lucky, the tenants or wage servants of those who did; and if they were unlucky, they starved.

No amount of money will insulate us from a degraded society or a devastated landscape. 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.

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