What We Leave Behind


What We Leave Behind is a piercing, impassioned guide to living a truly responsible life on earth. Human waste, once considered a gift to the soil, has become toxic material that has broken the essential cycle of decay and regeneration. Here, award-winning author Derrick Jensen and activist Aric McBay weave historical analysis and devastatingly beautiful prose to remind us that life—human and nonhuman—will not go on unless we do everything we can to facilitate the most basic process on earth, the root of sustainability: one being’s waste must always become another being’s food.


Listen to a short audio excerpt of the chapter “Legacy”. (2 MB mp3)

Contents and Excerpts

Part I

Part II

Part III


July 2013, from Bituadiat
December 2010, by Rosebud Magazine
May 2009, by Jeremy Garber