As America and the world grapple with the consequences of global environmental change, the author, a writer and activist offers this anthology gathering the best and most significant American environmental writing from the last two centuries. "Each advance in environmental practice" in our nation's history, he observes in his introduction, "was preceded by a great book." In this work are the words that made a movement. Classics of the environmental imagination, the essays of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Burroughs; Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac; Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, are set alongside an emerging activist movement, revealed by newly uncovered reports of pioneering campaigns for conservation, passages from landmark legal opinions and legislation, and searing protest speeches. Throughout, some of America's greatest and most impassioned writers take a turn toward nature, recognizing the fragility of our situation on earth and the urgency of the search for a sustainable way of life. The anthology includes essays on overpopulation, consumerism, energy policy, and the nature of "nature" join ecologists' memoirs and intimate sketches of the habitats of endangered species, as well as a detailed chronology of the environmental movement and American environmental history. From Journals ; from Walden; or, Life in the woods ; from Huckleberries / Henry David Thoreau -- From Letters and notes on the manners, customs, and condition of the North American Indians / George Catlin -- Fallen forests / Lydia Huntley Sigourney -- From Rural hours / Susan Fenimore Cooper -- Table Rock album -- From Leaves of grass : This compost, Song of the redwood-tree / Walt Whitman -- From Man and nature / George Perkins Marsh -- From The humbugs of the world / P.T. Barnum -- From A thousand-mile walk to the Gulf ; A wind-storm in the forests ; from My first summer in the Sierra ; Hetch Hetchy Valley / John Muir -- From Adventures in the wilderness / W.H.H. Murray -- From A review of recent changes, and changes which have been projected, in the plans of the Central Park / Frederick Law Olmsted -- About trees / J. Sterling Morton -- To Frank Michler Chapman ; To John Burroughs ; Speech at Grand Canyon, Arizona, May 6, 1903 / Theodore Roosevelt -- The scavengers / Mary Austin -- From Man and the earth / Nathaniel Southgate Shaler -- The art of seeing things ; The grist of the gods ; Nature near home / John Burroughs -- Prosperity / Gifford Pinchot -- The bird tragedy on Laysan Island / William T. Hornaday -- A certain oil refinery / Theodore Dreiser -- The last passenger pigeon / Gene Stratton-Porter -- Orion rises on the dunes / Henry Beston -- The indigenous and the metropolitan / Benton MacKaye -- "What a few more seasons will do to the ducks" / J.N. "Ding" Darling -- From Wintertrip into new country / Robert Marshall -- what the ants are saying / Don Marquis -- Letter from the Dust Bowl / Caroline Henderson -- Birds that are New Yorkers / Donald Culross Peattie -- The answer ; Carmel Point / Robinson Jeffers -- From The grapes of wrath / John Steinbeck. This land is your land / Woody Guthrie -- From The Everglades : river of grass / Marjory Stoneman Douglas -- From A Sand County almanac / Aldo Leopold -- The fog / Berton Rouechâe -- The longest day / Edwin Way Teale -- From Living the good life / Helen and Scott Nearing -- Northern lights / Sigurd F. Olson -- Sootfall and fallout / E.B. White -- How flowers changed the world / Loren Eiseley -- From My wilderness : the Pacific West ; Dissent in Sierra Club v. Morton / William O. Douglas -- From The death and life of great American cities / Jane Jacobs -- From Silent spring / Rachel Carson -- The Great Paver / Russell Baker -- The living canyon / Eliot Porter -- From the Wilderness Act of 1964 / Howard Zahniser -- Remarks at the signing of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 / Lyndon B. Johnson -- From The economics of the coming spaceship earth / Kenneth E. Boulding -- From The historical roots of our ecologic crisis / Lynn White Jr. -- Polemic : industrial tourism and the national parks / Edward Abbey -- From The population bomb / Paul R. Ehrlich -- From The tragedy of the commons / Garrett Hardin -- From Do androids dream of electric sheep? / Philip K. Dick -- A sample day in the kitchen / Colin Fletcher -- Spaceship Earth / R. Buckminster Fuller -- Mills College valedictory address / Stephanie Mills -- Smokey the Bear Sutra ; Covers the ground / Gary Snyder -- The beginning / Denis Hayes -- Millions join Earth Day observances across the nation / Joseph Lelyveld -- Big yellow taxi ; Mercy mercy me (the ecology) / Joni Mitchell & Marvin Gaye -- From Encounters with the Archdruid / John McPhee -- From Only one earth / Friends of the Earth -- Manifesto : the Mad Farmer Liberation Front ; The making of a marginal farm ; Preserving wildness / Wendell Berry -- Fecundity / Annie Dillard. The world's biggest membrane / Lewis Thomas -- The third planet : operating instructions / David R. Brower -- From Energy strategy : the road not taken? / Amory B. Lovins -- A First American views his land / N. Scott Momaday -- From Ceremony / Leslie Marmon Silko -- A short history of America / R. Crumb -- Outside the solar village : one utopian farm / Wes Jackson -- From Love Canal : my story / Lois Marie Gibbs -- From The fate of the earth / Jonathan Schell -- Seasons of want and plenty / William Cronon -- Everything is a human being / Alice Walker -- Bernhardsdorp / E.O. Wilson -- Wrath of Grapes Boycott speech / Câesar Châavez -- A presentation of whales / Barry Lopez -- Place / W.S. Merwin -- From The end of nature / Bill McKibben -- From Dumping in Dixie / Robert D. Bullard -- The summer day / Mary Oliver -- From Refuge : an unnatural history of family and place / Terry Tempest Williams -- From The Ninemile wolves / Rick Bass -- The dubious rewards of consumption / Alan Durning -- After the flood / Scott Russell Sanders -- From The last panda / George B. Schaller -- The flora and fauna of Las Vegas / Ellen Meloy -- Dwellings / Linda Hogan -- From The ecology of magic / David Abram -- The song of the white pelican / Jack Turner -- A multicultural approach to ecopsychology / Carl Anthony & Renâee Soule -- Speech at the Kyoto Climate Change Conference / Al Gore -- From Heart and blood : living with deer in America / Richard Nelson -- Planet of weeds / David Quammen -- From Ecology of a cracker childhood / Janisse Ray -- From The legacy of Luna / Julia Butterfly Hill -- From Inspirations for sustaining life on earth : greeting friends in their Andean gardens / Calvin B. DeWitt -- From Having faith / Sandra Steingraber -- Knowing our place / Barbara Kingsolver -- From The omnivore's dilemma / Michael Pollan -- From Blessed unrest / Paul Hawken -- The Thoreau problem / Rebecca Solnit.