Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Joel Whitney’s writing has appeared in The New York Times and Salon. He is cofounder of the online magazine Guernica, for which he has interviewed dozens of writers, activists, and politicians. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
I do think conservationists are starting to realize that any land worth conserving — because the biological diversity is high, the soil is fertile, and the original endemic species are still there — exists only because native human populations have been good stewards of it. The trick is to preserve the land and leave the stewards there.