Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry farms in Port Royal, Ky., with his family. He is the author of more than 30 books of fiction, essays, and poetry, including Citizenship Papers, The Unsettling of America, Another Turn of the Crank, That Distant Land, and A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997. His latest novel, Hannah Coulter, is published by Shoemaker & Hoard.

Coal to action

Join us March 2 as we protest a coal-fired power plant near Capitol Hill

There are moments in a nation’s — and a planet’s — history when it may be necessary for some to break the law in order to bear witness to an evil, bring it to wider attention, and push for its correction. We think such a time has arrived, and we are writing to say that we hope some of you will join us in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 2, in order to take part in a civil act of civil disobedience outside a coal-fired power plant near Capitol Hill. We will be there to make several points: Coal-fired power …

Environmentalists have given up too much by not being radical enough

Photo: © 2000 David-Lorne Photographic We are destroying our country — I mean our country itself, our land. This is a terrible thing to know, but it is not a reason for despair unless we decide to continue the destruction. If we decide to continue the destruction, that will not be because we have no other choice. This destruction is not necessary. It is not inevitable, except that by our submissiveness we make it so. We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be …

A post-Sept. 11 manifesto for environmentalists

I. The time will soon come when we will not be able to remember the horrors of Sept. 11 without remembering also the unquestioning technological and economic optimism that ended on that day. II. This optimism rested on the proposition that we were living in a “new world order” and a “new economy” that would “grow” on and on, bringing a prosperity of which every new increment would be “unprecedented.” III. The dominant politicians, corporate officers, and investors who believed this proposition did not acknowledge that the prosperity was limited to a tiny percent of the world’s people, and to …

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