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 memories, manifestos, and essays: Rick Bass describes his love for the Yaak Valley in Montana; Richard Mabey takes readers to a moonlit may perhaps night in Suffolk; David Helvarg tells usa stirring seashore reminiscence from his formative years. it doesn't matter what trip those writers take us on, the unifying subject in their paintings is usually a similar: a deep and abiding love of nature — encouraged and shared by means of David Suzuki.

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We might like to re-mould it, but its existence we can scarcely doubt. Yet, while perceiving it as given, we should not mistake its genesis. This scheme was not the work of Nature, or of any other such hypostatised and personified abstraction. It is artificial, man-developed-a 'socio-fact' in the jargon of some. What this generation can hope to affect is not so much the present inherited structure of the given scheme of things, mancreated though it be: but, the manner in which the coming SOCIAL MAPS 9 generation comes to read, re-interpret, and, in re-interpreting, to re-mould, the scheme.

It is not an XYZ book, but an ABC. Who indeed, without an overplus of self-assurance, could license himself for the attempting of such a book? And who, without a shudder of selfdistrust, could then present his product to the shrugs or the inattention of the wise and the others who know? When the new-born duckling discards its shell, it is as with an adult awareness of what water will be like, and aptitudes adequate to its adventurings in the river. With the human infant it is conspicuously different.

In that sense at least it really does. And this after all is also really the case with much else that we have to reckon with in our social experience. What most commonly counts in the social universe is not simply whether something has existence in fact, but whether it has existence in effect. And in effect at THE NATION AND THE IMAGINATION 17 least the team is real, the tribe is real and the nation is real. Did the image of the team not exist, the position would be otherwise. But exist it does-the image of the team-as does the image of the tribe, and of the nation.

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