In his interview with Moyers, Berry blamed many of today's ecological problems on industrialization, unbridled capitalism and political systems that favor wealthy corporations, which make big political contributions to reap far bigger returns in taxpayer subsidies and lax regulation.
"There's no justification for the permanent destruction of the world," Berry said. "It's not economically defensible. It's not defensible in any terms."
Berry, 78, lamented that the three and a half decades since his book's publication have been marked by further environmental degradation, from strip mining and soil erosion to water pollution and accelerating climate change.
"It's mighty hard right now to think of anything that's precious that is not in danger," he said.