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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 save lots of 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 reminiscences, 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 seashore reminiscence from his adolescence. it doesn't matter what trip those writers take us on, the unifying subject in their paintings is often a similar: a deep and abiding love of nature — encouraged and shared through David Suzuki.

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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.

This fall, we’ve had only four days of sunshine out of the last hundred). The locals can be unfriendly, and there are many biting insects and much fog and rain and snow. indd 19 19 4/17/08 3:42:27 PM the question places in the world, this is a great place to live but not much to visit. My worst fear nonetheless is of a wave of yuppie acquisition, the gnawing, consuming contagion of looking at a landscape and thinking, What’s in it for me? And yet: to be quiet about injustice? Either answer seemed a hard one.

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.

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