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Today’s edition features memorable quotes and a poem.
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” – Wendell Berry
“A viable neighborhood is a community: and a viable community is made up of neighbors who cherish and protect what they have in common.” – Wendell Berry
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” – Aldo Leopold
“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: What good is it?…. if biotic, in the course of aeons has built something that we like but do not understand, then but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering. – Aldo Leopold
“Conservation is the foresighted utilization, preservation and/or renewal of forests, waters, lands and minerals, for the greatest good of the greatest number for the longest time.”-Gifford Pinchot
“Conservation has captured the Nation. Its progress during the last twelve months is amazing. Official opposition to the Conservation movement, whatever damage it has done or still threatens to the public interest, has vastly strengthened the grasp of Conservation upon the minds and consciences of our people. Efforts to observe or belittle the issue have only served to make it larger and clearer in the public estimation. The Conservation movement cannot be checked by the baseless charge that it will prevent development, or that every man who tells the plain truth is either a muckraker or demagogue. It has taken firm hold on our national, moral sense and when an issue does that it has won…” ~The Fight for Conservation, a book written in 1901 by Gifford Pinchot
“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.” – Nature Conservancy’s John Sawhill
“Living wild species are like a library of books still unread. Our heedless destruction of them is akin to burning the library without ever having read its books.” – Rep. John Dingell of Michigan
“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” – Congressional testimony of nature writer Terry Tempest Williams, 1995