Ah, therein lies the rub. This strikes me as a pithy and poetic definition of environmental sustainability: to be lasting, it must be reciprocal.

We aren’t quite there yet, we haven’t quite figured out what ‘reciprocal’ means in our engagement with landscapes.

‘For a relationship with landscape to be lasting, it must be reciprocal.’

See also the bestellar review of this wise, enlightening book, complete with a mosaic of illustrated quotations and metaphors, and some fine Eskimo words.


Source: Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams (London: Picador, 1987), p. 404

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