Archives For Conservation


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A Conservationist Manifesto

Scott Russell Sanders


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Sanders sees beyond the mass destruction of consumerism and prophetically calls us to the redemptive work of conserving creation and connecting deeply with our neighbors and the places in which we live.


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A Review of

Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community

Leah Kostamo

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2013
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Reviewed by Kurt Armstrong

Leah and Markku Kostamo established Canada’s first Christian environmental center more than 12 years ago, an A Rocha site on ten acres of vulnerable land on the Little Campbell Watershed, 30 minutes south of Vancouver, BC. A Rocha (no, not Almond Rocha) is an international Christian conservation society working in 19 countries around the world. Similar to 4th century monastics or today’s New Monastic communities, A Rocha works within abandoned or vulnerable ecosystems, where people give their lives to a particular vision for a particular place. A Rocha uses the tagline “Environmental Stewardship” instead of the more-honest-but-less-professional-sounding “Because We Love This Place.” But Leah Kostamo’s book, Planted, is unmistakably a love story, complete with dreams, romance, frustration, heartache, and fidelity.

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“A Landmark Piece of
Conservation Literature

A review of

The View from Lazy Point:
A Natural Year in An Unnatural World.

By Carl Safina.

Reviewed by Brittany Buczynski.

Carl Safina - The View from Lazy PointThe View from Lazy Point:
A Natural Year in An Unnatural World.

Carl Safina.
Hardback: Henry Holt, 2011.
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Ecologist Carl Safina has penned what will surely be read and revered for years to come as a landmark piece of conservation literature and global climate change documentation. Whether one agrees with his philosophical and scientific conclusions or not, there’s no arguing with his eloquent prose and stirring description of wildlife the world over.

Spanning a full year and several continents, including both the Arctic and Antarctic, Safina’s sophisticated travel journal chronicles his environmental studies both abroad and at home in Lazy Point, a secluded seaside inlet near Amagansett, Long Island. The way he tells the stories of animal and plant survival, of interwoven ecosystems—and the dangers they are facing— almost resembles ancient parables rather than modern-day records of species struggling to adapt to changing conditions. His arguments detailing the domino effect of ecological decline are particularly convincing, as he connects micro changes within the food/energy chain to tragic environmental crises, such as dying coral reefs, vanishing forests, and endangered native populations.

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I recently ran across this TED video of Rob Hopkins talking about the transition to a world without oil.

Hopkins’ excellent work is worth revisiting; we only ran an ultra-brief review when his book came out:

?Transition Handbook.
Rob Hopkins.

Paperback: Chelsea Green, 2008.
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“Imagining Living Places
That Participate Within Their Contexts

A Review of
Natural Houses:
The Residential Architecture of Andersson-Wise
Rematerial: From Waste to Architecture.

Reviewed by Brent Aldrich.

Natural HousesNatural Houses:
The Residential Architecture
of Andersson-Wise

Hardback: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.
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From Waste to Architecture.

Alejandro Bahamón and Maria Camila Sanjinés
Paperback: W.W. Norton, 2010.
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REMATERIALThe city of Indianapolis – where I live – like many American cities has experienced huge amounts of suburban and exurban sprawl in the last decade. Within the last two years, it has been reported that for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural places, although those numbers owe much to these sprawling, never-ending bedroom cities, so far removed from the city core, and hardly fair to be categorized as ‘urban’ at all. Many of us have watched the cycle of a farm stripped of all features, leveled, pipes buried, roads and curbs laid, and anonymous, windowless, porchless beige boxes spring up in record time. This widespread, wasteful suburbanization is completely oblivious to the place where it exists, what has been displaced for it to be there, how the place might inform how it is developed, and on and on. Fortunately, there is an alternative, and two new architecture books that both take place, site-specificity and local resources as their starting place and help us to imagine living places that acknowledge and participate within their context are Natural Houses: The Residential Architecture of Andersson-Wise and Rematerial: From Waste to Architecture.

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