Wendell Berry’s ‘Our Only World’ | The Miami Herald The Miami Herald

February 20, 2015 6:04 PM

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Wendell Berry’s ‘Our Only World’ | The Miami Herald The Miami Herald

The 10 essays in Our Only World convey outrage over environmental and community ruin while also expressing hope that the very species that inflicted such harm is capable of doing better. Stern but compassionate, author Wendell Berry raises broader issues that environmentalists rarely focus on.

Though Berry has for decades been a fierce critic of coal mining and industrialization, the essay Local Economies to Save the Land and the People notes that blaming big business isn’t enough, because “many of the needed changes will have to be made in individual lives, in families and households, an...

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