Locals involved in books on biodiversity

The biologist EO Wilson once said, “We must preserve every piece of biodiversity as priceless, as we learn to use it and understand what it means for humanity.”

The Vermont Alliance for Half-Earth, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Northeast Wilderness Trust, and the Lintilhac Foundation, inspired by the lifelong work of Dr. Wilson, has released, with the help of a handful of Valley residents, “Our Better Nature: Hopeful Excursions in Saving Biodiversity,” a book dedicated to the idea that in order to protect the human species and the right to live on this planet, humans must also protect the rights of nine million species. else on the planet.

The book’s origins go back to Half-Earth Day 2018, when a group of conservation-minded residents based in Vermont, including Valley residents George Schenk, Claire Lindberg, and Curt Lindberg, traveled to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to hear Dr. . Wilson talks about the Half-Earth Project he inspired. The group returns to Vermont, energized to carry Dr. Half-Earth’s message. It was Wilson who withdrew to Vermont and founded what became known as the Vermont Alliance for Half-Earth.

“One quote from Dr. Wilson had a big impact on us,” Schenk recalls. “No goal is more inspiring than starting an era of restoration, re-weaving the amazing diversity of life that still surrounds us.”

Co-authored by members and friends of the Vermont Alliance, “Our Better Nature” is a book of illustrated essays that celebrates the beauty of Vermont, its commitment to protecting its biodiversity, and the steps taken to ensure that efforts to do so are enduring.

“But the lessons go far beyond Vermont: The teachings of this book cover a wide range of topics, from land management to conservation to environmental stewardship to the joys of being out there.said Lindberg, who co-edited the book. Schenk wrote the foreword.

“The Vermont Natural Resources Council is delighted to co-publish “Our Better Nature”, a work full of stories about what Vermonters is doing now to protect biodiversity, practical tips on what people can do on land to provide the habitat needed for many of Vermont’s species, and essays by regional experts that help us understand the power of resilient ecosystems, nature education for all ages, and Vermont’s dedication to conservation science. We are pleased that this work has been so well received by some of the state’s leading conservation voices,” said Brian Shupe, executive director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and member of the Waitsfield Select Board.

Here’s what some reviewers have to say about the book.

“This book is just as timely, more interesting, more useful, or more needed! Anyone who cares about our small and beautiful state will want to spend time with it – its impact will spread beyond Vermont’s borders.”

–Bill McKibben, author of “Wandering Home,” founder of 350.org.

“What a rare and wonderful treat, to read such an interesting and thoughtful essay written about nature, by people who have dedicated their lives to living up close and understanding the green hill lands and silver waters of Vermont. Through the eyes of these great writers and thinkers (and actors!), we get a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful and complex blanket of life in Green Mountain state. Providing lessons that apply far beyond Vermont’s borders, these writers give us a clear warning that this blanket is unraveling and invite us to join in celebrating, and saving, our natural world.”

—David K. Mears, executive director, Audubon Vermont.

“At a time when many key habitats and species are declining in Vermont and around the world, ‘Our Better Nature’ serves as a well-crafted and timely reminder of the importance of redoubling efforts to improve working and wildlife landscapes. A must read for anyone interested in learning more about the nature of Vermont and the many efforts to protect it for future generations.”

—Anthony D’Amato, professor, program director of forestry, University of Vermont.

The book is available locally at the Tempest Book Shop, Waitsfield, and Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, and soon on Amazon.


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