What We Leave Behind
“This compelling book has a refreshing style, at once very personal and very passionate.”—Library Journal
“Derrick Jensen is a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world. He has wisdom and wit, grace and style, and is a wonderful guide to a good life beautifully lived.”—Howard Zinn
“This is a fierce book…Its basic premise—that we’re in worse trouble than we understand, and that a little change around the edges won’t help—is precisely the message that needs to get out.”—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future and The End of Nature
“What We Leave Behind is the kind of direct, unflinching, personal writing that you’d expect from a memoir about a harrowing childhood, not one about the state of the planet, or what happens to waste...This is a book about choosing sides—our destructive, compartmentalized culture of the future of planet Earth.”—E Magazine
What We Leave Behind is a piercing, impassioned guide to living a truly responsible life on earth. Human waste, once considered a gift to the soil, has become toxic material that has broken the essential cycle of decay and regeneration. Here, award-winning writer Derrick Jensen and activist Aric McBay weave historical analysis and devastatingly beautiful prose to remind us that life—human and nonhuman—will not go on unless we do everything we can to facilitate the most basic process on earth, the root of sustainability: one being’s waste must always become another being’s food.
Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, Derrick Jensen holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics. His books include Endgame, volumes 1 and 2; As the World Burns, with Stephanie McMillan; A Language Older Than Words; and The Culture of Make Believe.
Aric McBay is a writer, activist, and small-scale organic farmer who works to share information about community sufficiency and off-the-grid skills. He is the author of Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life after Gridcrash and creator of “In the Wake: A Collective Manual-in-progress for Outliving Civilization” (www.inthewake.org).
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This is one of those paradigm-shifting books. I picked it up thinking I was doing everything I could, living "green" and being aware. But no, I'm a total corporate tool in ways I never dreamed ... Read full review
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Until recently, our waste decomposed naturally, passing through the inevitable cycle of decay, metamorphosis, and regeneration. But the global industrial system, argue environmental activists Jensen ... Read full review