This Place on Earth: Home and the Practice of Permanence
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This Place on Earth: Home and the Practice of Permanence

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Alan Durning spent several years traveling the world as an environmental policy analyst. When a Filipino tribeswoman asked him to describe his home, he found that he could not, answering weakly, "In America, we have careers, not places." Determined to change all that, he brought his family to his native Northwest to make a home--by which Durning means learning the geology...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Sasquatch Books
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The Pacific Northwest (including Canada's Pacific Southwest) is one of the more environmental regions in North America, which doesn't mean it doesn't still have a long way to go.
Alan Thein Durning, with a book jacket comment from David Suzuki, Canada's top environmentalist, knits together personal lives, neighborhood life and regional practices (forestry, salmon conservation, municipal policies, state policies) to help us understand what is collectively being done to our corner of the earth. Slo...more
Beth Barnett
If you can get past Durning's frequent digressions into his own personal life experiences, this book is a decent read. Creative non-fiction style, Durning approaches the question of whether being rooted in a geographical place, and having a commitment to a place and community is more valuable than the freedom to move around and feel attached to nothing.
This didn't help very much as a resource for an essay I'm working on as it's written very specifically for and about the Pacific Northwest ... but it did leave me wanting to create something similar for my bioregion.
Not only is this a terrific book connecting personal sense of home to broader global concerns, it also gives great details about the Pacific Northwest--the best place on earth.
Jul 22, 2012 Betsy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, gaia
Great look at the politics, ecology and history of the Pacific Northwest. The juxtaposition with the personal keeps the abstract from being too overwhelming.
Alan Thein Durning weaves his personal story of reconnecting with the Pacific Northwest with more broader views of what it takes to have a sustainable place.
I absolutely loved this book. It really made me think about people and architecture and how we lead our lives. I need to read it again!
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