American Women Conservationists: Twelve Profiles by Madelyn Holmes

By Madelyn Holmes

This selection of biographies describes twelve ladies conservationists who helped swap the methods americans have interaction with the ordinary setting. Their writings led americans to imagine otherwise approximately their land—deserts usually are not wastelands, swamps have price, and damaging bugs don’t must be managed chemically. those ladies not just wrote on behalf of conservation of the yankee panorama but in addition defined techniques for dwelling exemplary, environmentally sound lives prior to now century. From a chicken lover to a “back to the land” activist, those ladies gave early caution of the dangerous results of neglecting conservation.
the most a part of this paintings covers six historic figures who pioneered of their pondering and writing concerning the surroundings: Mary Austin, Florence Merriam Bailey, Rosalie aspect, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Helen Nearing, and Rachel Carson. A later bankruptcy provides pics of six post–World warfare II conservationists: religion McNulty, Ann Zwinger, Sue Hubbell, Anne LaBastille, Mollie Beattie, and Terry Tempest Williams. The paintings covers a large variety of conservationist matters, together with maintenance of deserts and previous progress forests, flora and fauna defense, wetlands upkeep, self-sufficient sustainable methods of manufacturing meals, and pollutants keep watch over. A end examines the place conservationists have picked up after Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) and offers conservation principles for our time. An appendix lists the broadcast writings of the twelve conservationists.

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