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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.
“This is a fierce book…Its basic premise — that we’re in worse trouble than we understand, and that’s a little change around the edges won’t help — is precisely the message that needs to get out.” — Bill McKibben