Isn’t this all we’re trying to do when we talk about ‘sustainability’, ‘circular economy’, or climate change?  When it’s put so simply, it sounds easy, but we have a long way to go before we can see our stifling ignorance fall away. 

We have been telling ourselves the story of what we represent in the land for 40,000 years. At the heart of this story, I think, is a simple, abiding belief: it is possible to live wisely on the land, and to live well.  And in behaving respectfully toward all that the land contains, it is possible to imagine a stifling ignorance falling away from us. 

See our quote-rich celebration of this wise and quiet book, which is about the Arctic, surely, but as much about our relationship to all land. 

 

Source: Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams (London: Picador, 1987), p. xxviii

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