After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of by Ben A. Minteer,Stephen J. Pyne PDF

By Ben A. Minteer,Stephen J. Pyne

From John Muir to David Brower, from the production of Yellowstone nationwide Park to the Endangered Species Act, environmentalism in the USA has constantly had with regards to its center a preservationist excellent. Generations were encouraged via its ethos—to encircle nature with our safety, to maintain it aside, pristine, walled opposed to the march of human improvement. yet we need to face the proof. Accelerating weather switch, swift urbanization, agricultural and commercial devastation, metastasizing fireplace regimes, and different quickening anthropogenic forces all attest to a similar fact: the earth is now spinning in the course of the age of people. After Preservation takes inventory of the methods now we have attempted to either defend and make the most nature to invite an instantaneous yet profound query: what's the function of preservationism in an period of probably unstoppable human improvement, in what a few have referred to as the Anthropocene?


Ben A. Minteer and Stephen J. Pyne collect a beautiful consortium of voices made from popular scientists, historians, philosophers, environmental writers, activists, coverage makers, and land managers to barter the impressive demanding situations that environmentalism faces. a few demand a brand new, post-preservationist version, person who is much extra pragmatic, interventionist, and human-centered. Others push forcefully again, arguing for a extra chastened and confined imaginative and prescient of human motion on the planet. a few try and determine a center floor, whereas others ruminate extra deeply at the that means and price of desolate tract. a few write on species misplaced, others on species stored, and but others talk about the long-lasting sensible demanding situations of handling our land, water, and air.

From lively optimism to cautious prudence to serious skepticism, the ensuing variety of methods bargains an inspiring contribution to the panorama of recent environmentalism, one pushed through severe, sustained engagements with the severe difficulties we needs to resolve if we—and the wild backyard we could now keep—are going to outlive the period we've got ushered in.  

Contributors contain: Chelsea okay. Batavia, F. Stuart (Terry) Chapin III, Norman L. Christensen, Jamie Rappaport Clark, William Wallace Covington, Erle C. Ellis, Mark Fiege, Dave Foreman, Harry W. Greene, Emma Marris, Michelle Marvier, invoice McKibben, J. R. McNeill, Curt Meine, Ben A. Minteer, Michael Paul Nelson, Bryan Norton, Stephen J. Pyne, Andrew C. Revkin, Holmes Rolston III, Amy Seidl, Jack Ward Thomas, Diane J. Vosick, John A. Vucetich, Hazel Wong, and Donald Worster. 

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