Pete Seeger: In His Own Words Book Review plus Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest by Vandana Shiva
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         December 2012 


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BOOK REVIEW
Pete Seeger: “You Stick Together ’Til It’s Won”
by Kim Ruehl


Young Pete SeegerWhen a pair of writers expressed interest in publishing Pete Seeger: In His Own Words, one of Seeger’s first requests was “Don’t make me out to be a saint.”

Banjo in hand, Seeger has championed causes from labor to civil rights to the environment, revived our oldest folk songs, and co-authored new folk classics like “If I Had a Hammer,” so the impulse to portray him as saintly is understandable.

He has considered, at every turn, what it means to sing out in a world where the din of injustice is often deafening. But his songs assert that to sing is to recognize the power of one’s own voice, to declare and defend its worth.


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Today, at a time of multiple crises, we need to move away from thinking of nature as dead matter to valuing biodiversity, clean water, and seeds. For this, nature is the best teacher.

Vandana Shiva photo by Suzanne LeeEverything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest
by Vandana Shiva

My ecological journey started in the forests of the Himalaya. My father was a forest conservator, and my mother became a farmer after fleeing the tragic partition of India and Pakistan. It is from the Himalayan forests and ecosystems that I learned most of what I know about ecology. The songs and poems our mother composed for us were about trees, forests, and India’s forest civilizations.

Women knew that the real value of forests was not the timber from a dead tree, but the springs and streams, food for their cattle, and fuel for their hearths. The women declared that they would hug the trees, and the loggers would have to kill them before killing the trees.


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