The American Conservation Classic
Coyotes and Town Dogs: Earth First! and the Environmental Movement
Revised and Updated in a 25th Anniversary Edition
Praise for Coyotes and Town Dogs
Susan Zakin's writing is brilliant and irreverent, tough and funny, opinionated and sometimes outrageous But this is also a serious work, the most thorough and thoughtful survey of the American environmental movement I have seen.
Brad Knickerbocker, The Christian Science Monitor
Catches the rowdy, passionate utopianism of the first non-elite generation of environmentalists. They changed the game, and woke a lot of people up.
Gary Snyder, Pultizer-Prize winning poet, Turtle Island, Practice of the Wild
A primer for how to face our Earth's predicament with wit and courage...Funny, smart, irreverent, opinionated and always mind-expanding.
Bill McKibben, author, The End of Nature, founder 350.org
"weasels are smart"
We have become a force greater than geology in determining the future of evolution. It’s our decision whether the charismatic megafauna in the future will still have grizzly bears and great blue whales in it, or whether there will be cockroaches or Norway rats. It gets depressing after a while. That’s why I drink as much beer as I do. If I thought about it all the time I’d go stark, raving mad. But we’ve got to encounter the problem, we’ve got to encounter the magnitude, the enormity of what our generation is doing to the planet. If we confront that I think then we’ve got to ask what can we do about it, how can we begin to deal with it? I mean, do we just give up, go home, turn on the TV, sit back and forget?
If we can see that grizzly bears and mosquitoes and redwoods and algae have value in and of themselves and are important just like we are, then I think we start making the first step. And after you begin to think of other things as having intrinsic value, I think the next step is emotion; to be passionate, to feel.
Photo credits: Len Irish, Terrence Moore.