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

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 United States has continually had just about its middle a preservationist excellent. Generations were encouraged through its ethos—to encircle nature with our safeguard, to maintain it aside, pristine, walled opposed to the march of human improvement. yet we need to face the evidence. Accelerating weather switch, swift urbanization, agricultural and commercial devastation, metastasizing hearth regimes, and different quickening anthropogenic forces all attest to an analogous fact: the earth is now spinning in the course of the age of people. After Preservation takes inventory of the methods we've attempted to either shield and make the most nature to invite an instantaneous yet profound query: what's the function of preservationism in an period of likely unstoppable human improvement, in what a few have referred to as the Anthropocene?

           

Ben A. Minteer and Stephen J. Pyne assemble a beautiful consortium of voices constituted of popular scientists, historians, philosophers, environmental writers, activists, coverage makers, and land managers to barter the awesome demanding situations that environmentalism faces. a few demand a brand new, post-preservationist version, one who is much extra pragmatic, interventionist, and human-centered. Others push forcefully again, arguing for a extra chastened and restricted imaginative and prescient of human motion on this planet. a few attempt to determine a center floor, whereas others ruminate extra deeply at the which means and cost of wasteland. a few write on species misplaced, others on species stored, and but others talk about the long-lasting useful demanding situations of handling our land, water, and air.

From lively optimism to cautious prudence to serious skepticism, the ensuing diversity of ways deals an inspiring contribution to the panorama of contemporary environmentalism, one pushed via severe, sustained engagements with the severe difficulties we needs to resolve if we—and the wild backyard we might 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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After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans

From John Muir to David Brower, from the production of Yellowstone nationwide Park to the Endangered Species Act, environmentalism in the USA has continuously had with reference to its center a preservationist perfect. Generations were encouraged via its ethos—to encircle nature with our defense, to maintain it aside, pristine, walled opposed to the march of human improvement.

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