A continent ages quickly once we come. The natives live in harmony with it. But the foreigner destroys, cuts down the trees, drains the water, so that the water supply is altered, and in a short time the soil, once the sod is turned under, is cropped out, and next it starts to blow away as it has blown away in every old country and as I had seen it start to blow in Canada. The earth gets tired of being exploited.
—Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa
Today would be Ernest Hemingway’s 115th birthday. Find out more about Hemingways writing and travels, in “Hemingway’s Ecotourism: Under Kilimanjaro and the Ethics of Travel" from ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.
Image: Ernest Hemingway by By Lloyd Arnold. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.