Skip to comments.What built America and can help fight climate change? Beavers, says HC prof in new book
Posted on 12/26/2022 7:43:13 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
WORCESTER - If someone were to mention the animal that built America, you would probably think of some sort of domestic farm animal like the horse or perhaps a cow - one a beast of burden during construction, the other a key economic livestock animal.
You wouldn’t think of beavers. But that’s what they are - the animals that both literally and economically built America.
“They shaped our country’s landscape and jump-started capitalism on this continent,” said Leila Philip, a professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross, who also teaches in the Environmental Studies Program, and author of "Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America," which went on sale earlier this month.
Philip has spent the last six years studying beavers and their influence on our country’s history and how they can help us in the future by mitigating the effects of the climate crisis. In "Beaverland," she explains why we need beavers, dispel myths about them and how to harness them in nature-based solutions to climate resiliency.
The most important takeaway for Philip is that although she came to realize that not only have beavers shaped the continent, “they have a huge new role to play in helping us deal with the greatest crisis of our generation - climate change.”
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Too early for the jokes I guess….
Shirley, she’s joking
Human dams bad
Animal dams good ?
You know what helped capitalism?
Human dams that stopped property and commerce destructions from floods.
I have always been, and remain, Pro-Beaver.
Here’s to the beavers that gave birth to our great nation!
Yeah, Creating a lot of mosquito infested swamps!
That helps a lot!
For the entire seven years that I was a boy scout, I was a member of the Beaver Patrol.
You guys are right on top of it. Good job.
Read a couple of comic books and thinks he knows history.
The beaver should be our national mammal.
The water behind dams allows vegetation to rot and release methane. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. They need to be torn down to protect the ert.
But only dams in the West do this.
Dams in China do not, neither do ones built by beavers. It’s science!
Wonder if i am the only one on this forum running a trap line...Wonder if I’m the only gamekeeper here too..Beaver is a very strange looking animal that does lots of damage.
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