How to be a responsible steward of Democracy, Human Rights Capitalism and Planet Earth.

How to be a responsible steward of Planet Earth.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Organic Gardening, Modern Homesteading, Renewable Energy, Green Homes, DIY Projects – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Organic Gardening, Modern Homesteading, Renewable Energy, Green Homes, DIY Projects – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” 
Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. 

You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources...


Energy Matters Blog

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources...


Organic Gardening, Modern Homesteading, Renewable Energy, Green Homes, DIY Projects – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Organic Gardening, Modern Homesteading, Renewable Energy, Green Homes, DIY Projects – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources...


Friday, May 25, 2012

8 Gorgeous Nature Blogs for Earth Day — Blog —

8 Gorgeous Nature Blogs for Earth Day — Blog —

by Erica
This Sunday, April 22nd will mark the 42nd observance of Earth Day. According to Earth Day Network, “More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”
To inspire you to get in on this year’s celebration, here are eight amazing nature-related blogs on

So, how will you celebrate Earth Day 2012?

Maybe Picnic for the Planet, or plant a tree? Whatever you do, be sure to share it on your blog! And don’t forget to tag your post with Earth Day to make it easier for others to find.

For more cool nature blogs, check out our collection of Recommended Blogs, and add topics like Nature and Earth Day to follow in your Reader.


Rules For A Sustainable Economy

Wendell Berry’s 17 Rules For A Sustainable Economy

"A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members - among them the need to need one another. The answer to the present alignment of political power with wealth is the restoration of the identity of community and economy.
(pg. 63, "Racism and the Economy")"
Wendell Berry (The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry)

Wendell Berry is an American poet, novelist, essayist, philosopher and farmer. He was born on August 5 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky, where he still lives and farms on the family farm.

He is a strong defender of family, rural communities, and traditional family farms. He has developed these 17 rules for the healthy functioning of sustainable local communities:

1. Always ask of any proposed change or innovation: What will this do to our community? How will this affect our common wealth.

2. Always include local nature – the land, the water, the air, the native creatures – within the membership of the community.

3. Always ask how local needs might be supplied from local sources, including the mutual help of neighbors.

4. Always supply local needs first (and only then think of exporting products – first to nearby cities, then to others).

5. Understand the ultimate unsoundness of the industrial doctrine of ‘labor saving’ if that implies poor work, unemployment, or any kind of pollution or contamination.

6. Develop properly scaled value-adding industries for local products to ensure that the community does not become merely a colony of national or global economy.

7. Develop small-scale industries and businesses to support the local farm and/or forest economy.

8. Strive to supply as much of the community’s own energy as possible.

9. Strive to increase earnings (in whatever form) within the community for as long as possible before they are paid out.

10. Make sure that money paid into the local economy circulates within the community and decrease expenditures outside the community.

11. Make the community able to invest in itself by maintaining its properties, keeping itself clean (without dirtying some other place), caring for its old people, and teaching its children.

12. See that the old and young take care of one another. The young must learn from the old, not necessarily, and not always in school. There must be no institutionalised childcare and no homes for the aged. The community knows and remembers itself by the association of old and young.

13. Account for costs now conventionally hidden or externalised. Whenever possible, these must be debited against monetary income.

14. Look into the possible uses of local currency, community-funded loan programs, systems of barter, and the like.

15. Always be aware of the economic value of neighborly acts. In our time, the costs of living are greatly increased by the loss of neighborhood, which leaves people to face their calamities alone.

16. A rural community should always be acquainted and interconnected with community-minded people in nearby towns and cities.

17. A sustainable rural economy will depend on urban consumers loyal to local products. Therefore, we are talking about an economy that will always be more cooperative than competitive.

Don't be a Dick. Spay/Neuter your pets.

If none are spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their offspring can produce 67,000  dogs in 6 years.

Ban Backyard Breeders along with Puppy Mills.  It is downright depressing to know how many puppies and kittens are abandoned and unwanted everyday in North America. 
Responsible people do their best to adopt from shelters but there is no way to keep up with the steady supply of newly orphaned animals.

The statistics can be found on the web.  I don't want to make anyone feel sick reading about it.  Take my word for it that too many animals die because humans no longer want the responsibility of caring for a pet.

Monday, May 21, 2012

FOCUS: Sustainability - The Atlantic Cities

 Say no more.   This is a good idea.  Spread the word...

FOCUS: Sustainability - The Atlantic Cities

Environmentalists have kicked off a campaign called "Straw Wars" to ridLondon's Soho district of drinking straws.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Save the flora and fauna of our planet

 "One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity."

~Albert Schweitzer
This  blog attempts to spread the word that animals need protection, as does habitat.

My situation means you won't see me in the field but I do have a computer and Google blogs to help tell the story.  People becoming aware of his plight in every possible manner is the goal.  Blogs can highlight the work of environmentalists and zoologists and other specialists working in the field.  

Sahsa Dichter's words are quoted to give encouragement to people working to save the planet and its inhabitants.  Remember the commercial to end littering," Every Litter bit hurts"?  Well, every effort helps.

Acumen Fund where Mr. Dichter works is doing many great things in the lesser developed countries making investments versus philanthropy.  They are admirable for taking a different approach and trying to see the money is invested in the people of these countries and the money does not just go to support large institutions or corrupt politicians.

Sasha  is a good thinker with a great facility with words so it is inacumbent upon me to leave  this  quote  intact.  I could only ruin his meaning by editing... LOL

Your idea | Sasha Dichter's Blog

Your idea

At the start it’s just smoke, a wisp. It has no substance or form.

You can take it around to people for help shaping it, so you can better understand what it could be.

But the thing is, at the start it has no mass, and until it does it’s impossible for people to really do much of anything about it.  They can talk and you can talk, and that’s about it.

Mass gives it the ability to go places.  Mass means that with a push it can break through things.

Talk is fine, but the real work is giving your idea some mass.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dalai Lama gets Templeton Prize

John Templeton was a pioneer in the money management and mutual funds world.

Published on May 14, 2012 by
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and fellow panelists meet with members of the media before His Holiness is presented with the 2012 Templeton Prize at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, UK, on May 14, 2012.

Templeton Prize Media Panel with His Holiness the Dalai Lama - YouTube

Friday, May 11, 2012

Vegans eliminate meat, dairy, and eggs from their diet.

 If you don't want to be a participant in the massive and ongoing slaughter of animals for your food, try being a vegan.  One needs commitment because more planning will be involved in making healthy and balanced meals.
To eat nutritional meals without the usual super market food we have become accustomed to eating, like  steak and potatoes meal  a salad.  Easy.  Now try replacing it with vegan foods.  We are all creatures of habit.  Fortunately, the internet can be referred to for the help you design your new menu.

USDA's official number of animals killed for food

source: Animal Liberation Front

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USDA official number of animals killed for food:

Update to numbers in article: the USDA slaughter stats, but at the end of the article are more thorough numbers: animal killed for Americans' food. This number includes animals that die for reasons other than slaughter (like layer hens and discarded male layer chicks, most of which are not slaughtered), and in also includes animals killed abroad whose meat is imported to the US. Most of all, it includes sea animals, which the USDA numbers don't include, but which add a lot.

USDA slaughter stats 2008

Cattle: 35,507,500

Pigs: 116,558,900

Chickens: 9,075,261,000

Layer hens: 69,683,000

Broiler chickens: 9,005,578,000

Turkeys: 271,245,000

Animals used for food production account for 97% of all animals killed in US slaughterhouses, labs, pounds, and open spaces. Although they are capable of experiencing most feelings that we and our beloved companion animals do, farmed animals are view and treated by the meat, dairy, and egg industries as mere tools of production.

The number of animals killed in the US reached a new record in 2000, and the number is expected to continue rising, according to the USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Survey (NASS). The overall rise was driven by a massive switch to consumption of chicken flesh. Moreover, one in ten farm animals died of stress induced disease or injury before slaughter. None of these figures include fish, which are not counted by any government agency.

According to NASS reports and expert interviews, 8,792,000,000 "broiler" chickens and 492,700,000 "layer" hens were killed for food in 2000, as well as 304,000,000 turkeys and 26,100,000 ducks, for a total of 9,551,000,000 birds, and is expected to continue to rise.

Among mammals 41,700,000 cows and calves were killed for food in 2000, as well as 115,200,000 pigs and 4,300,000 sheep, for a total of 161,200,000. These stats are also expected to continue to rise.

Thus, the total number of all animals killed for food in 2000 was 9.7 billion.

In more personal terms, the average American meat-eating man, woman, and child subsidize the abuse and slaughter of over 37 animals per year. It's much more if they eat sea dwelling animals). That's 2,800 animals in a 75-year lifetime. This number includes 2,630 chickens and ducks, 123 turkeys, 32 pigs, 13 cows and calves, and 2 sheep. None of these figures include fish, lobster, crab, or other aquatic animals.

One dirty little secret of today's agribusiness industry is that 857,000,000 or nearly 8.8 perfect of the total, suffered lingering deaths from disease, malnutrition, injury, or suffocation, associated with today's factory farming practices.

In addition, 212,000,000 male "layer" chicks were discarded shortly after birth, since males can not lay eggs and are not of the right genetic breeding to be valuable for meat production. Usually the male chicks are ground up alive or discarded to suffocate to death in plastic garbage bags. Investigators have even found live chicks that have been dumped directly into hatchery dumpsters.


* Eliminate meat, dairy, and eggs from your diet.
* Eliminate leather, wool, fur, & silk from your wardrobe.
* Educate yourself and others. -- a website specifically about the health dangers of consuming dairy products

Further info


* Action For Animals
* The Farm Report (a publication of the Farm Animal Reform Movement)

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Balancing Economic Growth With True Sustainability

I am privileged to attend the World Economic Forum for the first time. For me, it is very poignant that this forum is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Addis is not only the home of the African Union but also at the heart of the new economic growth taking place on the continent.

Talk here is that Africa's projected growth rate for 2012 will be in excess of 5% and at a time of global uncertainty and general economic downturn. Talking to various delegates it seems that whilst there is a genuine worry around food security and high rates of youth unemployment, there is, at the same time, a renewed optimism about this continent's future.

However, the sustainability of this economic boom and growth requires attention and planning. Much of the economic growth for Africa is around a so-called resource boom, and this equates largely to extraction (mining) as well as natural resource utilization (farming and forestry). Transforming ecosystems through economic development has yielded net benefits to human society, but continuing to achieve these gains by degrading nature risks irreversible declines in productivity and producing an inverse relationship between resource exploitation and poverty alleviation.

In terms of Africa, unmitigated loss of nature, accelerated by population growth, will lead to ecosystem change at a scale and breadth too costly to reverse, and particularly when one adds climate change predictions into this boiling pot. We must guard against loosing the true meaning and concept of sustainability.

We can learn from people who live directly in natural environments, such as farmers, the 'first people' and indigenous peoples of Africa and our world, notwithstanding that our environments and challenges have altered in the contemporary world. The North American Indians for example, had a basic philosophy that before every action and decision they took today, they would look to the impact to the seventh generation. How do we accept the implications of living within our means, of living with tomorrow in mind?

Clearly, now is the time to implement many of the agreements and mechanisms agreed to at COP17 and other forums that will combine sustainable resource utilization together with access to clean energy mechanisms. This would include African governments putting into place adequate policies together with the tools and resources to monitor and enforce impacts.

The World Economic Forum has highlighted the fact that one in six people do not have access to adequate nutrition (approximately 1 billion people).  
At the same time it is "spearheading efforts to rethink infrastructure development, reshape responsible capitalism and encourage the free movement of people and goods" and that "social development without economic progress is not feasible."

Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizers and Cleaners Fueling Resistant Superbugs | NationofChange

Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizers and Cleaners Fueling Resistant Superbugs | NationofChange

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Drug-resistant superbugs, such as the heavily defiant strain of tiberculosis that is now popping up across the globe, are causing serious shockwaves throughout the medical community. Rampant use of antibiotics for unnecessary conditions and pumping livestock up with an exorbant amount (around 80% of the entire United States antibiotic supply) of drugs is a leading factor, but research shows that anti-bacterial hand sanitizers and cleaners are also contributing to the problem.

Anti-bacterial products have become commonplace in many households and classrooms across the nation, though they are especially prevalent in India — where scientists say the overall use of antibiotics in drug and cleaning form alike are way overused. In addition to containing the problematic ingredient triclosan, these anti-bacterial hand washes and disinfectants are also contributing to the rapid growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that pose a serious risk to human health. At least when trying to ‘treat’ them with the same pharmaceutical interventions that spawned them in the first place.

In fact, it should be noted that both antibiotic drugs and sanitizers also kill beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. Probiotics are integral to a properly functioning immune system and overall health. Without the flourishing of this ‘good’ bacteria, your ability to fight off any infections — let alone superbugs — is compromised. In a study conducted by Consumer Education & Research Society (CERS) and CHOICE, published in the consumer magazine Insight, the scientists found that soap and water is actually as good or better in fighting off unwanted germs and bacteria without fueling the superbug epidemic. They also found the ubiquitous endocrine-disrupting chemical triclosan to interfere with both thyroid and sex hormone function.


"The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is your attitude."

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something in your life." 

- Winston Churchill.

Short list: What's Wrong with Factory Farming?

 This a a good summary of the situation and is included here in accordance with the 'fair use notice' included on the original document

Short list: What's Wrong with Factory Farming?

Short list: What's Wrong with Factory Farming?

What's Wrong with Factory Farming?

The intent of presenting this data is not to "demonize farmers, many of whom went into the business out of a desire to work with nature and be close to the land, and don't like what's going on any more than you or me. But something has happened to the way animals are treated in modern meat production that is a disgrace to the human spirit, and a violation of the ancient human-animal bond...

The process of rearing farm animals in the US has changed dramatically from the family farms of yesteryear. This reality, coupled with the exemption of farm animals from laws that forbid cruelty to animals, has produced a heartbreaking situation. More animals are subjected to more tortuous conditions in the US today than has ever occurred anywhere in world history. Never before have the choices of each individual been so important." John Robbins, The Food Revolution (2001)


* All statistics and information compiled from The Food Revolution by John Robbins (2001), Diet for a New America by John Robbins (1987), Frances Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet and the Rainforest Action Network.


Production of excrement by total US human population: 12,000 pounds/second

Production of excrement by US livestock: 250,000 pounds/second (including 25 pounds of manure per cow per day)

Sewage systems in US cities: Common

Sewage systems in US feedlots: None

Amount of waste produced annually by US livestock in confinement operations which is not recycled: 1 billion tons

Where feedlot waste often ends up: In our water

Gallons of oil spilled by the Exxon-Valdez: 12 million

Gallons of putrefying hog urine and feces spilled into the New River in North Carolina on June 21, 1995, when a "lagoon" holding 8 acres of hog excrement burst:
25 million Fish killed as an immediate result: 10-14 million

Antibiotic Resistance:

Antibiotics administered to people in the US annually to treat diseases: 3 million pounds

Antibiotics administered to livestock in the US annually for purposes other than treating disease: 24.6 million pounds

Antibiotics allowed in cow's milk: 80

Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13%

Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1988: 91%

Reason: Breeding of antibiotic resistant bacteria in factory farms due to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock

Response by entire European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: Ban

Response by American meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: Full and complete support

Numbers of Animals Slaughtered for Food in US:

Number of cows and calves slaughtered every 24 hours in the US: 90,000

Number of chickens slaughtered every minute in the US: 14,000

Food animals (not counting fish and other aquatic creatures) slaughtered per year in the US: 10 billion


Transcript of New York Times full page ad published June 22, 2001 detailing the horrors of our modern-day slaughterhouses. 

With 309-330 cows per hour coming by on the "disassembly" line, there are many who are still fully conscious with eyes wide open when skinned and cut apart. They die literally piece by piece.

 Factory Farm Animals with Diseases from Intensive Conditions:

A report by the USDA estimates that 89% of US beef patties contain traces of the deadly E. coli strain. Reuters News Service 8/10/00

US pigs raised in total confinement factories where they never see the light of day until being trucked to slaughter: 65 million (total confinement factories are banned in Britain)

US pigs who have pneumonia at time of slaughter: 70%

Primary source of Campylobacter bacteria: Contaminated chicken flesh

People in the US who become ill with Campylobacter poisoning every day: More than 5,000

American turkeys sufficiently contaminated with Campylobacter to cause illness: 90%

Americans sickened from eating Salmonella-tainted eggs every year: More than 650,000

Americans killed from eating Salmonella-tainted eggs every year: 600

Increase in Salmonella poisoning from raw or undercooked eggs
between 1976 and 1986: 600%

90% of US chickens are infected with leukosis -- chicken cancer -- at the time of slaughter.

Average lifespan of a dairy cow - 25 years; average lifespan when on a factory dairy
farm - 4 years.


Water needed to produce 1 pound of wheat: 25 gallons

Water needed to produce 1 pound of meat: 2,500 gallons

Cost of hamburger meat if water used by meat industry was not subsidized by US taxpayers: $35/pound

When water shortages occur, citizens are often requested to not wash cars, water lawns and to use low-flow shower heads. However, cutting back on meat consumption would save much more water given that the water required to produce just ten pounds of steak equals the water consumption of the average household for a year.

About 70% of the water used in the 11 western states is dedicated to the raising of animals for food.

Years until the Ogallala Aquifer runs dry (formed by glaciers, the largest underground lake in the world and source of fresh water beneath an area from Texas to South Dakota, and Missouri to Colorado): 30 to 50

The amount of water that goes into a 1,000 pound steer would float a (Naval) destroyer. (Newsweek article "The Browning of America")


Amount spent annually by Kellogg's to promote Frosted Flakes: $40 million

Amount spent annually by the dairy industry on "milk mustache" ads: $190 million

Amount spent annually by McDonald's advertising its products: $800 million

Amount spent by the National Cancer Institute promoting fruits and vegetables: $1 million.

Mother Wins Top Environmental Award for Beating Monsanto | NationofChange

Mother Wins Top Environmental Award for Beating Monsanto | NationofChange

After experiencing the traumatizing death of her daughter to kidney failure just three days after her daughter was born, Sofia Gatica from Argentina became determined to find out what killed her daughter. Her conclusion? Monsanto’s genetically modified soy fields that surrounded her neighborhood, laced with damaging insecticides negatively affecting nearby neighborhood children and adults alike. Gatica began to detail how her small town was plagued with astronomically high birth defect rates, respiratory disease, and even infant mortality.

From this point, the courageous mother decided to take on Monsanto. Amazingly, she is not alone in her struggle against the biotechnology colossus when it comes to causing birth problems, as a large group of farmers — also from Argentina — have launched a lawsuit against Monsanto for causing ‘devastating birth defects‘ in children. Gatica was initially alone, however, when she first began her uphill battle. Forming a group of concerned mothers in her local area of Ituzaingó after hosting an event at her home to discuss her experiences, the mother would be one of the very few who has actually beat Monsanto.After sharing her story with local mothers who were also concerned for the safety of their children and families as a whole, Gatica co-founded the Mothers of Ituzaingó — an action group of 16 mothers collaborating to end Monsanto’s rampant chemical usage. The team took to the streets, going door to door to create what was the first epidemiological study of the area, only to discover that the effects of Monsanto’s concoctions were dramatically affecting many families in the town of Ituzaingó. With cancer rates 41 times the national average, something had to be done.

As a result of the serious campaign to eradicate Monsanto, the mothers were rewarded. Argentina’s Supreme Court not only banned chemical spraying near populated areas, but demanded that the government as well as soy manufacturers now prove that these chemicals are safe. Sofia Gatica is now being honored for her great environmental work with the Goldman Environmental prize, a major environmental award given to activists. The story shows just how serious activism can take down most any threat — even Monsanto.

Source Writer:

ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi
Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is centered around informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

Alcoa Releases 2011 Sustainability Report

Alcoa Releases 2011 Sustainability Report
"Sustainability is part of everything we do." 
Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld

NEW YORK, May 09, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Alcoa AA  published its 2011 Sustainability Report which details the company's global environmental, social and economic performance. It is the 11th year in a row Alcoa has produced the report.

"Sustainability is not a catalog of processes, nor merely a philosophy at Alcoa," said Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. "Rather, it is part of everything we do."

Alcoa businesses use a Sustainability Scorecard to align sustainability targets with business strategy and provide a dashboard to measure progress against key near-term sustainability metrics. In addition, each Alcoa business has developed a roadmap to lay out process steps, decisions, and technical improvements needed to realize longer-term objectives.

In addition, Alcoa links pay for performance and sustainability goals. During 2011, 20 percent of variable compensation was tied to achieving significant aspects of sustainability targets.

Significant achievements highlighted in the report include:

-- The introduction of Reynobond(R) with EcoClean(TM), the first coil-coated architectural panel that helps clean itself and the air around it.

-- For the first time in a calendar year, Alcoa had zero employee fatalities.

-- Alcoa's Global Primary Products business reduced its total carbon dioxide intensity by 23 percent and the company as a whole decreased its global freshwater-use intensity by 21 percent between 2005 and 2011, exceeding both of these 2020 targets and allowing us to bring the company's 2030 goals in both areas forward to 2020.

More detail is available online in the Sustainability section of at

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years.

Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa(R) wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa's operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers.

Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for ten consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. 

Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world.

More information can be found at .


Link to news source:

Alcoa Releases 2011 Sustainability Report - MarketWatch

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

AMERICAN NATURALIST: John Burroughs (Author of Camping And Tramping With President Roosevelt)

John Burroughs (Author of Camping And Tramping With President Roosevelt)

John Burroughs

John Burroughs
born: April 03, 1837 in Catskill Mountains near Roxbury, N.Y., United States

About this author

John Burroughs (April 3, 1837-March 29, 1921) was an American naturalist and essayist important in the evolution of the U.S. conservation movement. According to biographers at the American Memory project at the Library of Congress, John Burroughs was the most important practitioner after Thoreau of that especially American literary genre, the nature essay. 

By the turn of the century he had become a virtual cultural institution in his own right: the Grand Old Man of Nature at a time when the American romance with the idea of nature, and the American conservation movement, had come fully into their own.

His extraordinary popularity and popular visibility were sustained by a prolific stream of essay collections, beginning with Wake-Robin in 1871.

In the words of his biographer Edward Renehan, Burroughs's special identity was less that of a scientific naturalist than that of "a literary naturalist with a duty to record his own unique perceptions of the natural world."

The result was a body of work whose perfect resonance with the tone of its cultural moment perhaps explains both its enormous popularity at that time, and its relative obscurity since.


“Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.”
John Burroughs, Studies in Nature and Literature

“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.”
― John Burroughs


“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: ‘To rise above little things’.”
― John Burroughs

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.”
― John Burroughs

“A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”
― John Burroughs

 If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature....”
― John Burroughs

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ”
― John Burroughs

“A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.”
― John Burroughs

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”
― John Burroughs

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
― John Burroughs

“Leap and the net will appear”
― John Burroughs

“Look underfoot. You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Don't despise your own place and hour. Every place is the center of the world.”
― John Burroughs

“Communing with God is communing with our own hearts, our own best selves, not with something foreign and accidental. Saints and devotees have gone into the wilderness to find God; of course they took God with them, and the silence and detachment enabled them to hear the still, small voice of their own souls, as one hears the ticking of his own watch in the stillness of the night.”
John Burroughs, Harvest of a Quiet Eye: The Natural World of John Burroughs

“The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world… I have loved the feel of the grass under my feet, and the sound of the running streams by my side. The hum of the wind in the treetops has always been good music to me, and the face of the fields has often comforted me more than the faces of men. I am in love with this world...I have tilled its soil, I have gathered its harvest, I have waited upon its seasons, and always have I reaped what I have sown. I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.”
― John Burroughs
“The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under foot.' You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.

― John Burroughs

“For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice.”
― John Burroughs

“The lesson which life constantly repeats is to 'look under your feet.'
You are always nearer to the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.
The great opportunity is where you are.
Do not despise your own place and hour.
Every place is under the stars.
Every place is the center of the world.”
John Burroughs, Studies in Nature and Literature

“It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative”
― John Burroughs

“I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.”
― John Burroughs, The writings of John Burroughs

“To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.”
― John Burroughs

“The secret of happiness is something to do”
― John Burroughs

“Man takes root at his feet, and at best he is no more than a potted plant in his house or carriage till he has established communication with the soil by the loving and magnetic touch of his soles to it.”
― John Burroughs

“ find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest, or a wild flower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
― John Burroughs

Books by John Burroughs

  • Camping And Tramping With President Roosevelt

  • Signs & Seasons

  • Accepting the Universe

  • Deep Woods