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Part of the “Longman Topics” reader series, Listening to Earth explores nature and environmental conflict in the United States from personal and thematic perspectives. Focusing on today¿s environmental issues, this engaging collection contains a wide range of readings that cover a variety of topics, attitudes, and rhetorical styles. It presents essays, reportage, and fiction that probe the contradictions surrounding environmental issues in the United States today and presents arguments for using, conserving, preserving, and finding pleasure, beauty, and spirituality in land.
Each chapter contains "Thinking and Writing" and "Additional Resources" sections.
Historical Chronology and Context.
1. Value of the Land.
John Muir, “The American Forests.”
Mary Austin, “My Neighbor's Field.”
Aldo Leopold, “The Land Ethic.”
Margaret L. Knox, “The Wilderness According to Cushman.”
Barry Lopez, “Caring for the Woods.”
2. Urban Vision, Rural Reflections.
Henry David Thoreau, “Walking.”
Peter Huber, “How Cities Green the Planet.”
Marie Winn, “The Regulars.”
Tara Hulen, “Dispatch from Toxic Town.”
3. Local Landscapes.
Sara Orne Jewett, “A White Heron.”
Sue Hubbell, “Winter.”
Joy Williams, “One Acre: On Devaluing Real Estate to Keep Land Priceless.”
Rebecca Solnit, “The Orbits of Earthly Bodies.”
4. The Human Price.
Rachel Carson, “The Human Price.”
Terry Tempest Williams, “The Clan of One-Breasted Women.”
Michael Pollan, “Behind the Organic-Industrial Complex.”
Darcy Frey, “How Green is BP?”
5. Personal Views.
Edward Abbey, “The First Morning.”
Leslie Marmon Silko, “Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination.”
Sallie Bingham, “A Woman's Land.”
Steve Chapple, “Bugz.”
6. Prospects for the Future.
Edward O. Wilson, “The Environmental Ethic.”
Linda Hogan, “Walking.”
Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins, “Once Upon a Planet.”
Christopher Hallowell, “Coming to Terms.”