Preview of a Glorious Ruckus


“Artists remind us of our humanity and renew our determination to care for our earth and our descendants. They evoke the environmental intimacy reflected in cave paintings by ancient humans and Neanderthals and in contemporary artworks such as Storm King Wavefield by Maya Lin and Storm King Wall by Andy Goldsworthy. They help us restore lost intimacy and renew our reverence for nature, as Henry David Thoreau did in 1854 with Walden and as my friend and Earthjustice colleague, Edwin Matthews, does today in Litchfield Country Journal: Notes on Wildness Around Us. They move us from despair about a Silent Spring to the hopefulness of the hymn, How Can I Keep from Singing. Like the Lorax, they speak for the trees who have no tongues, and, like the fox who spoke to the Little Prince, they remind us that ‘You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.’ ”

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