Native to Place: Grass, Soil, Hope by Courtney White [review of Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country, by Courtney White]

  • Philip A. Loring University of Saskatchewan
Keywords: Climate Change, Carbon Sequestration

Abstract

First paragraph:

In Grass, Soil, Hope (2014, Chelsea Green), archaeologist-turned-activist-turned-cattle rancher (and now writer) Courtney White recounts a personal journey to discover "on-the-ground-solutions to the rising challenges of the 21st century" (Introduction, p. XX). Throughout the book he circles two common themes — the role of carbon in both creating and solving environmental problems, and paradigm change — and uses these themes to stitch together stories of ranching, organic farming, wetlands restoration, and beaver conservation, among others. Individually the stories are interesting forays into creativity and innovation at the local scale. Taken together, however, they suggest a compelling and hopeful thesis: that sustainability is not merely about learning to minimize human impacts, but about learning to reorganize our actions such that they become important to the rest of the natural community, fostering biodiversity and promoting healthy ecosystem structure and function....

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Author Biography

Philip A. Loring, University of Saskatchewan
Philip A. Loring is an assistant professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a human ecologist with training in anthropology and ecology, and research interests in food systems and security, fisheries, and environmental justice. He can be contacted at phil.loring@usask.ca and followed on Twitter: @paloring.
Cover of Grass, Soil, Hope
Published
2014-10-17
How to Cite
Loring, P. A. (2014). Native to Place: Grass, Soil, Hope by Courtney White [review of Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country, by Courtney White]. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(1), 189-191. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2014.051.002