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 reporters, 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 might night in Suffolk; David Helvarg tells u . s . a . stirring beach reminiscence from his adolescence. it doesn't matter what trip those writers take us on, the unifying subject in their paintings is often an identical: a deep and abiding love of nature — encouraged and shared by means of David Suzuki.
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Indd 28 4/17/08 3:42:28 PM Sharon Butala the spiritual life of the people dwelt, and from which it emanated, we took away the entire basis of their culture. Or at least we tried our best to do so. But the power of that original belief system is such that even under these onerous conditions “the people,” as most Aboriginal peoples’ name for themselves translates, retained that belief system, and today it is returning in its full force. Even more astonishing, some Euro-Canadians are, if not fully accepting these beliefs, at least intellectually are, with some chagrin, beginning to wonder if perhaps the First Nations’ ideas about land were not always the right and best ones.
But there may be more than this preference affecting its concentration along the coast. Land crabs such as Geocarcinus dominate the vegetation for hundreds of meters in from the sea. Geocarcinus is a handsome stout crab. Its forelimbs are a bright reddish purple, and the rest of the legs are a yellow-orange, in stark contrast to its heavy purple-black carapace. Geocarcinus will eat meat, but the mainstay of its diet is plant material, fallen leaves, and tender long seedlings. When a tree seed sprouts, there is a good chance a crab will eat it.
The minute convolutions of Henle’s loops in the human kidneys, “like the meanders in a creek”? The song of the Albert’s lyrebird, which takes it six years to learn and includes the phrasing of every other bird in the Queensland bush? The blood of the bar-headed goose, which enables it to fly over the Himalayas? At times the gratuitousness of creation, its sheer wild playfulness, can only be understood as a kind of unscripted comedy. Long before I knew much about the fantastic domestic arrangements that are the norm for life in the tropics, I learned about the transactions of Britain’s rarest butterfly, the large blue.