A Passion for This Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists by Alan Weisman, Richard Mabey, Rick Bass, Helen Caldicott,

By Alan Weisman, Richard Mabey, Rick Bass, Helen Caldicott, Michelle Benjamin

David Suzuki's lifelong paintings as an environmentalist, naturalist, and scientist have prompted numerous others of their struggle to avoid wasting the planet, 20 such devotees of them have contributed to this inspiring assortment. those newshounds, scientists, writers and environmentalists have taken their enthusiasm for Suzuki's philosophy and funneled it into their very own own reminiscences, manifestos, and essays: Rick Bass describes his love for the Yaak Valley in Montana; Richard Mabey takes readers to a moonlit could night in Suffolk; David Helvarg tells united states of america stirring beach reminiscence from his early life. it doesn't matter what trip those writers take us on, the unifying subject in their paintings is often an analogous: a deep and abiding love of nature — encouraged and shared by means of David Suzuki.

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I’ll walk into the dark woods and sit down. I don’t know what I’ll feel. But I know that day will come. I just know it. indd 22 4/17/08 3:42:28 PM T h e O l d Ma n o n H i s Ba c k Sharon Butala surely the years from age seven to fifteen or so, when my husband, Peter, rode his pony and then his horse, all by himself, in all kinds of weather, from his settler-family’s tiny wooden house on the Old Man On His Back Plateau, five miles south and downhill across the rolling, grass-covered hills to the eight-grade, oneroom schoolhouse at Divide (named after the continental divide that runs by there), and then back again at the end of the day, had a lot to do with his love for the prairie and its life and with his intimate knowledge of it.

Or at least we tried our best to do so. But the power of that original belief system is such that even under these onerous conditions “the people,” as most Aboriginal peoples’ name for themselves translates, retained that belief system, and today it is returning in its full force. Even more astonishing, some Euro-Canadians are, if not fully accepting these beliefs, at least intellectually are, with some chagrin, beginning to wonder if perhaps the First Nations’ ideas about land were not always the right and best ones.

Parrots, not people, did the carving. During my last visit to the Osa, I watched a pair of scarlet macaws prospecting a Carapa limb scar. Macaws are renowned for their huge shearing recurved bills. After pulling off the bark, they began excavating a nest cavity. Carapa wood is about as dense as oak. indd 37 37 4/17/08 3:42:29 PM web around a tree 38 the bite of these birds. Whenever another pair of macaws flew by, the pair working on my Carapa called loudly and raucously in seeming discouragement of potential interlopers.

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