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We Are the ARK

By: Mary Reynolds,Ruth Evans - illustrator
Narrated by: Jane Copland
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Summary

“Reynolds gives us a much-needed reason for hope. The gardener, the conservationist, the city planner, and the nature lover will all be inspired for this wonderful book shows how thousands of even small wildlife friendly gardens can provide habitat for embattled wildlife around the world.”—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

Individuals can’t save the world alone. But if millions of us work together to save our own patch of earth—then we really have a shot. How do we do it? With Acts of Restorative Kindness (ARK). An ARK is a restored, native ecosystem. It’s a thriving patch of native plants and creatures that have been allowed and supported to re-establish in the earth's intelligent, successional process of natural restoration. Over time, this becomes a pantry and a habitat for our pollinators and wild creatures who are in desperate need of support.

These ARKs will become the seeding grounds for our planet’s new story. They will be sanctuaries for our shared kin—the rooted and unrooted—and safe havens for the magic and abundance of the natural world. Most importantly, the ARK-building actions are within our control and laid out here in We Are the ARK. In these inspiring minutes, discover how one person’s actions can effect big change in this world. Even the tiniest postage stamp patch of land matters! Together we are building a patchwork quilt of life that will wrap its way around this planet.

©2022 Mary Reynolds (P)2022 Timber Press

Critic reviews

“In this exquisite manifesto, Mary Reynolds brilliantly reconceives what the land around our homes and communities could be.”—Paul Hawken, author of Regeneration

“Mary has seen the future of conservation. You may be surprised to learn that it is you!”—Doug Tallamy, author of Nature’s Best Hope

“A visual, literary, and poetic masterpiece. A manifesto for not just rewilding our land, but for reigniting our inextricable connection to nature and agency as stewards of our planet.”—Shyla Raghav, Shyla Raghav, Head of Partnerships, CO2, TIME

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  • Amanda J Comer
  • 12-01-23

A new story of the ARK

The narrator does an excellent job. The information contained in the book is difficult to process, but should be required reading in American schools. The world must be made to understand the harm we have done as well as how we can slow the process. The author shows us hope if we are willing to create an ARK even through small measures.