Deep Ecology, Part 8: Honoring The Wild

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Deep Ecology for the 21st Century, Part 8: Honoring The Wild with Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder is a renowned poet, activist, and ecologist. After years of patience and persistent invitations, we finally persuaded him to give us an hour of his exquisite insights into nature: What does “wild nature” really mean? Through your lifestyle, are you honoring it? Destroying it? Learning anything from it? Snyder offers specific advice on practical ways to improve your personal relationship to wild nature, understand the global situation more fully, and work to improve the ecological health of your own local community. “We have a long and respectable history of being deeply involved and totally at home in the natural world,” says Snyder, “and we can recapture that. We can live it again.” (hosted by Michael Toms)


Gary Snyder is poet, often associated with the "Beat Generation" and the "San Francisco Renaissance", essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist, frequently described as the "poet laureate of Deep Ecology". Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His work, in his various roles, reflects an immersion in both Buddhist spirituality and nature.

His books include:

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to re-acquaint yourself with wildness
  • What are the spiritual and philosophical traditions behind Deep Ecology
  • Why the global economy is a social and ecological disaster
  • What is the history and significance of May Day
  • What happened to the Sierra wolverine
  • How you can live more ecologically
  • What is the special role of artists, dancers and cave paintings

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 5/1/1998      Program Number: 2723

Music Included

From Album: One Thousand Years
Artist: Tuu
1992 SDV Musikverlag #SDV 027CD
Track - Body of Light

From Album: Planet Drum
Artist: Mickey Hart
Rykodisc #RCD 10206
Track - Bones

From Album: 25 for the Earth/Nature Inspired Music
Artist: Patrik Turner
North Sound #NSCD 25992
Track - Flower Bound