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By David Gessner

In My eco-friendly Manifesto, David Gessner embarks on a rough-and-tumble trip down Boston’s Charles River, looking for the soul of a brand new environmentalism. With a tragically leaky canoe, a damaged cellphone, a cooler of beer, and the environmental planner Dan Driscoll in tow, Gessner grapples with the stereotype of the environmentalist as an overzealous, puritanical mess. yet as Dan recounts his personal tale of remodeling the famously polluted Charles into an city haven for flora and fauna and wild humans, the imaginative and prescient of a brand new kind of eco-champion starts to emerge: anyone who falls in love with a forgotten house, after which fights like hell for it. contemplating every thing from Ed Abbey’s legacy to Jimmy Carter’s sweater, Gessner issues towards a scrappy environmentalism that, regardless of all odds, simply may perhaps switch the realm.

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As it turns out though, Dan Driscoll has a thing for great blue herons, too. Dan can sound hardheaded and funny when discussing the Red Sox or the idiocy of state bureaucracy, but, like a lot of us, including me, his language sometimes goes soft when it turns to nature. ” I squirmed a little at that, and he backed off. “Well, at the very least, it served as a kind of mascot,” he said. The heron’s body is the blue of stains from old-fashioned carbon paper. The blue darkens to something close to black at the wingtips, lightened only by a white splash of feathers — the heron’s “headlights” as birders call them — between the two tones.

Like the natural world itself, natural language has become fenced-off and attenuated. Our words are zoo animals. So many people who speak for the wild world seem to feel the need to speak in the voice of the mystic, a hushed, voice-over reverence. We affect this high priest tone, and everyone else is expected to get down on their knees and listen to the whispered wisdom of the shaman. At times like those there’s very little indication that any of us have the quality that many humans find most important for living on earth: a sense of humor.

These things happen when you are alone on a river. As it turns out though, Dan Driscoll has a thing for great blue herons, too. Dan can sound hardheaded and funny when discussing the Red Sox or the idiocy of state bureaucracy, but, like a lot of us, including me, his language sometimes goes soft when it turns to nature. ” I squirmed a little at that, and he backed off. “Well, at the very least, it served as a kind of mascot,” he said. The heron’s body is the blue of stains from old-fashioned carbon paper.

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