No Heaven on Earth
"We have met the enemy and he is us," Walt Kelly's pogo announced on a poster for the first earth day in 1970. Spanning two centuries, a collection of American authors writing about the environment proves the truth of this sentiment.
Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (Library of America)
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This is an anthology of many voices—from Henry David Thoreau, writing from Concord in 1837, to Bill McKibben, the editor of this volume, composing his introduction high in the Yosemite backcountry last year. American Earth contains essays, speeches, and poems by roughly one hundred contributors. Everyone in this book is strong-minded, strong-willed, and strong-stomached, and every piece in this anthology is committed at heart to being useful, instructive, and reasonable. There are no Lear-like screams here, nothing like the final dementia of someone who realizes he's traded his birthright for nothing.
Most of the authors in American Earth would agree in principle with Wendell Berry when he explains that he doesn't like having to choose sides in a debate between extremists who believe that returning to nature will
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