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Tamra
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Over a couple of years I‘ve read bits and pieces of Leopold‘s dedication to & love of the land, i.e. the “biotic community.” The best selections for me were the intimate descriptions of his plot of Wisconsin land & surrounding area.

Leopold succeeds in “building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind” for the environment. Does the environment have intrinsic moral value? I whole heartedly agree with him that it does.

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Tamra
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Written in the 60‘s, Leopold is urgently calling for a shift to an eco/biocentrist perspective & conservation. But not the “beautification” projects or compromise of empty gestures that make us feel better, i.e. creating toothless agencies.

“The land is one organism. Its parts, like our own parts, compete with each other and cooperate with each other....To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent thinking.”

Tamra He suggests profit must be redefined to include a livable environment for future generations, just as we perceive the value of education. 2w
ChasingOm I read this in college for a Environmental Policy course. 2w
Tamra @ChasingOm lovely writing! 2w
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DrexEdit
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"The first time I tried to meet Drew Reed, the most prolific beaver mover in the state of Wyoming, I was thwarted by a sick goat."

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#FirstLineFridays
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Lcsmcat I think you just won the best first line thing. 2w
DrexEdit @Lcsmcat lol! 😄 😄 It does paint a pretty good picture, doesn't it. Not bad for a science book. 2w
L. G. Cullens Got it, and it's next on my to read list. 2w
DrexEdit @L. G. Cullens I've been reading bits and pieces as I get the chance so haven't gotten very far, but I am liking it! 2w
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pdever
Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home | Pope Francis, Catholic Church
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Pickpick

I picked up this book after watching The Two Popes. It's Pope Francis' major statement on the environment and humanity's obligation to save the planet. The approach is ecological (everything is connected) and humanitarian and deeply critical of our capitalistic narratives of progress. I am glad I read it.

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Tamra
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Can‘t judge a country scape by the paucity of “monumental” natural landmarks. I love the stark and often vast beauty of open plains, meadows, & tundra, which might to a passerby seem empty and lonely.

Christine Love his language about this (and yours)! ❤️ 1mo
Tamra @Christine I do love his observations! 1mo
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Tamra
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I just read Leopold‘s insightful chapter on the difference between land and country. I have to share two excerpts. 🐿

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Ang203l
A Buzz in the Meadow | Dave Goulson, Senior Lecturer Division of Biodiversity and Ecology at School of Biological Sciences Dave Goulson
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Is it weird to have a favorite quote about beetles?...asking for a friend 😂🐞

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learnajc
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#56 #TheHiddenLifeofTrees #PeterWohlleben GR: 2/5 ⭐️⭐️ Honestly, there was nothing wrong with this book. I really struggle with non-fiction and I fell asleep a few times reading this on the train.. standing up. There were paragraphs I read and thought ‘interesting‘💭 but then the same point was repeated multiple times throughout book. Just not for me but I read it as I thought it would make a nice companion piece to #TheOverstory 🌳

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Plaidsticks
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Good interesting read about how one species can have a great impact on their ecosystem. #audiobook #morebookslessbullshit2019

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
Ecotopia | Ernest Callenbach
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This book about the west coast‘s succession from the US, after some environmental turmoil and how the two countries developed separately thereafter, is written as a travel journal by a reporter being the first to visit Ecotopia after 20 years. Although dated, as a lot of early sci-fi is now, I found this one very interesting and prescient in some things. I would probably recommend this to people who enjoyed Charlotte Gilman‘s Herland trilogy.
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa ^ I‘ve seen some reviews that considered it sexists/racist, & I will warn that some parts stuck me as a bit jarring today, but it was written in 1975 and I can definitely see why he thought those might be the trajectory of society. Ecotopian women are a bit more free loving (influenced by the recent hippy vibe & women reproductive gains like the pill I‘d guess) and his “blacks” have self-segregated (which I‘m guessing wasn‘t racist on his part,... 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...but an attempt to include Black Separatist Movements and Black Nationalist Movements of his time. It seems so jarring to read now, but I try to remember there was a strong movement at that time by the Black Community for self separation and governance... even some that called for returning to Africa (Liberia) or forming separate colonies in the American West...so I‘d argue that the author wasn‘t racist, but at the time he wrote this giving .. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ... self determination to the group and following what his current political action groups (of the 60‘s & 70‘s) called for into a possible future.

But I‘d also say read for yourself and decide.
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