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Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism

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Environmentalists have always worked to protect the wildness of nature but now must find a new direction. We have so tamed, colonized, and contaminated the natural world that safeguarding it from humans is no longer an option. Humanity's imprint is now everywhere and all efforts to "preserve" nature require extensive human intervention. At the same time, we are repeatedly ...more
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Published March 31st 2010 by MIT Press (first published February 12th 2010)
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Adam Wiggins
A book called The End of Nature, published in 1997, presented the idea that nature as we know it is gone. Pure wilderness, untouched by humans, no longer exists. Every drop of seawater, every cubic meter of air in the atmosphere, even the global temperature, have been affected by the byproducts of human civilization.

This book, Living Through the End of Nature, takes the end of nature as a premise, and asks what environmentalists -- those who cherish the non-human parts of the earth (wilderness),
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Ian
This slim book was surprisingly refreshing in presenting opposing ends of the debate on environmental preservation, with one end valuing unblemished nature as the highest good, and the other espousing the innate right of mankind to subdue and use his environment for his own benefit. Thinking out of the box and trying to understand both perspectives made for interesting reading. Too many books on the environment are 'doom and gloom' as the writer puts it, without trying to explain the reasons we ...more
Daniel Burton-Rose
Advocates a middle path between reifying a concept of pure nature and asserting that the world is so fallen that there's nothing conceivably wild left.
Vincent
Deep ab accurate exploration of our relationship with, and conception of, nature. Excellent book.
Ritodhi
The book that environmentalism has been waiting for. Logically argued and emotionally appealed, this book requests for the systemic changes within the ideologies governing the notion of development and life.
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