What We Leave Behind

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What We Leave Behind

By Derrick Jensen; Aric McBay

Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781583228678, 453pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2009


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 author 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.

About the Author
Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, DERRICK JENSEN holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics. In 2008, he was named one of the "Utne Reader"'s "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World," and in 2006 he was named Press Action's Person of the Year for his work on the book "Endgame." He lives in California.

Writer, activist, and small-scale organic farmer ARIC MCBAY 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).