American Earth

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-17
  • Publisher: PENGUIN

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As America and the world grapple with the consequences of global environmental change, writer and activist Bill McKibben offers this unprecedented, provocative, and timely anthology, gathering the best and most significant American environmental writing from the last two centuries. Classics of the environmental imagination—the essays of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Burroughs; Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac; Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring—are set against the inspiring story of an emerging activist movement, as revealed by newly uncovered reports of pioneering campaigns for conservation, passages from landmark legal opinions and legislation, and searing protest speeches. Here are some of America’s greatest and most impassioned writers, taking a turn toward nature and recognizing the fragility of our situation on earth and the urgency of the search for a sustainable way of life. Thought-provoking essays on overpopulation, consumerism, energy policy, and the nature of nature” join ecologists’ memoirs and intimate sketches of the habitats of endangered species. The anthology includes a detailed chronology of the environmental movement and American environmental history, as well as an 80-page color portfolio of illustrations.

Author Biography

BILL MCKIBBEN, editor, is the author of many books including The End of Nature (1989), the first account of global warming for a general audience, and most recently Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (2007). Since 2006, he has organized the largest demonstrations against the causes of global warming in American history. He is scholar in residence at Middlebury College.

Table of Contents

from Journalsp. 2
from Walden; or, Life in the Woodsp. 9
from Huckleberriesp. 26
from Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indiansp. 37
Fallen Forestsp. 46
from Rural Hoursp. 48
Table Rock Albump. 59
from Leaves of Grass: This Compostp. 62
Song of the Redwood-Treep. 65
from Man and Naturep. 71
from The Humbugs of the Worldp. 81
from A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulfp. 85
A Wind-Storm in the Forestsp. 89
from My First Summer in the Sierrap. 98
Hetch Hetchy Valleyp. 104
from Adventures in the Wildernessp. 113
from A Review of Recent Changes, and Changes Which Have Been Projected, in the Plans of the Central Parkp. 120
About Treesp. 126
To Frank Michler Chapmanp. 130
To John Burroughsp. 131
Speech at Grand Canyon, Arizona, May 6, 1903p. 132
The Scavengersp. 134
from Man and the Earthp. 140
The Art of Seeing Thingsp. 146
The Grist of the Godsp. 159
Nature Near Homep. 168
Prosperityp. 173
The Bird Tragedy on Laysan Islandp. 181
A Certain Oil Refineryp. 186
The Last Passenger Pigeonp. 192
Orion Rises on the Dunesp. 205
The Indigenous and the Metropolitanp. 209
"What a few more seasons will do to the ducks"p. 224
from Wintertrip into New Countryp. 225
what the ants are sayingp. 235
Letter from the Dust Bowlp. 239
Birds That Are New Yorkersp. 245
The Answerp. 251
Carmel Pointp. 252
from The Grapes of Wrathp. 254
This Land Is Your Landp. 258
from The Everglades: River of Grassp. 260
from A Sand County Almanacp. 266
The Fogp. 295
The Longest Dayp. 313
from Living the Good Lifep. 318
Northern Lightsp. 323
Sootfall and Falloutp. 327
How Flowers Changed the Worldp. 337
from My Wilderness: The Pacific Westp. 348
Dissentin Sierra Club v. Mortonp. 355
from The Death and Life of Great America Citiesp. 359
from Silent Springp. 366
The Great Paverp. 377
The Living Canyonp. 380
from The Wilderness Act of 1964p. 392
Remarks at the Signing of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965p. 395
from The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earthp. 399
On the Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisisp. 405
Polemic: Industrial Tourism and the National Parksp. 413
from The Population Bombp. 434
from The Tragedy of the Commonsp. 438
from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?p. 451
A Sample Day in the Kitchenp. 454
Spaceship Earthp. 464
Mills College Valedictory Addressp. 469
Smokey the Bear Sutrap. 473
Covers the Groundp. 477
The Beginningp. 480
Millions Join Earth Day Observances Across the Nationp. 484
Big Yellow Taxip. 490
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)p. 491
from Encounters with the Archdruidp. 493
from Only One Earthp. 500
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Frontp. 505
The Making of a Marginal Farmp. 507
Preserving Wildnessp. 516
Fecundityp. 531
The World's Biggest Membranep. 550
The Third Planet: Operating Instructionsp. 555
from Energy Strategy: The Road Not Taken?p. 559
A First American Views His Landp. 570
from Ceremonyp. 582
A Short History of Americap. 591
Outside the Solar Village: One Utopian Farmp. 595
from Love Canal: My Storyp. 609
from The Fate of the Earthp. 622
Seasons of Want and Plentyp. 632
Everything Is a Human Beingp. 659
Bernhardsdorpp. 671
Wrath of Grapes Boycott Speechp. 690
A Presentation of Whalesp. 696
Placep. 716
from The End of Naturep. 718
from Dumping in Dixiep. 725
The Summer Dayp. 737
from Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Placep. 739
from The Ninemile Wolvesp. 760
The Dubious Rewards of Consumptionp. 770
After the Floodp. 781
from The Last Pandap. 790
The Flora and Fauna of Las Vegasp. 793
Dwellingsp. 809
from The Ecology of Magicp. 815
The Song of the White Pelicanp. 835
A Multicultural Approach to Ecopsychologyp. 849
Speech at the Kyoto Climate Change Conferencep. 855
from Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in Americap. 860
Planet of Weedsp. 874
from Ecology of a Cracker Childhoodp. 898
from The Legacy of Lunap. 907
from Inspirations for Sustaining Life on Earth: Greeting Friends in Their Andean Gardensp. 920
from Having Faithp. 929
Knowing Our Placep. 939
from The Omnivore's Dilemmap. 948
from Blessed Unrestp. 961
The Thoreau Problemp. 971
Chronologyp. 997
Note on the Illustrationsp. 1005
Sources and Acknowledgmentsp. 1015
Indexp. 1025
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