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Listen to the Land: Conservation Conversations by Dennis Boyer

By Dennis Boyer

Inspired via years of conversing with farmers, foragers, loggers, tribal activists, seed savers, fishers, railroaders, and nature enthusiasts of all stripes, Dennis Boyer has created in Listen to the Land a desirable communal dialog that invitations readers to think of their very own roles in grassroots environmentalism. The approximately fifty voices that Boyer recreates the following pass genders, generations, and geography. They comprise an Ojibwe chief considering nuclear waste, a houseboat dweller, a lady sharing her talents in accumulating suitable for eating crops, a caboose-tender, a Milwaukeean battling city blight—even a recluse who shoots out streetlights.
    all of the terribly assorted views that Boyer recreates the following considers the query, How do I engage with the Earth? each one has anything vital to claim that expands our realizing of conservation and environmentalism. Listen to the Land encourages you to learn a talk or after which pass outdoors and begin certainly one of your own.
 

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There’s no surer bet that you, your ground, and your neighbors are in for a gouging than to hear some fancy-pants tell you that somebody else is causing a problem. If somebody in Timbuktu is praying to the god of cats and interbreeding with spider monkeys, the fancy-pants will get you all worked up about it. Meanwhile their arms are elbow-deep in your wallet and your shorts. But damn if we haven’t turned into a society where cow pies fill the space between most 48 Spring in the East ears. Instead of taking care of their own ground and their own kin and neighborhoods, they’d just as soon put a check in the mail to one of those windbag fancy-pants.

It does not say anything about telephones, cars, how to farm, or which doctor to deal with. So you can look there for guidance on what is right and what is wrong, but God leaves it to us to decide what day to put the corn in. Nature is the guide on many things. We must pay attention to how things work where we live. Even we Amish can miss important things if we do not pay attention. ” That does not always work. You must pay 38 Spring in the East attention to what kind of ground you have, what the rain situation is, how hard the winters are, and so forth.

But the picture is more complicated than that. They are usually gentle with the land, but on occasion stubbornly cling to unsound practices because of cost considerations or resistance to regulation. The Amish almost never participate in broader political or communityorganizing efforts, even when they might benefit from doing so. This has frustrated generations of abolitionists, rural populists, and social activists who saw them as potential allies. ” It is not an entirely friendly label, betraying some frustration with those who hold strong values but see little need to engage them in a community context.

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