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Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth

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Is it time to embrace the so-called “Anthropocene”—the age of human dominion—and to abandon tried-and-true conservation tools such as parks and wilderness areas? Is the future of Earth to be fully domesticated, an engineered global garden managed by technocrats to serve humanity? The schism between advocates of rewilding and those who accept and even celebrate a “post-wild ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Foundations for Deep Ecology 3
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Jan 28, 2021 marked it as to-read
Wuerthner wrote a valuable letter to the editor, High Country News, March 2020.
Humans have altered the Earth so much that scientists are actually beginning to agree that we have entered a new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene. This may not be news to you- the media has given "the age of man" some serious face time. What you may not realize is that behind this term is also a widening rift in the conservation world. Largely led by Peter Karieva of the Nature Conservancy and the well-funded Breakthrough Institute, a very high profile chorus of voices, termed "the new ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This takes some time to get going. As with any collection of essays, some are better than others, and the initial ones in this volume are (perhaps necessarily) kind of vague and broad, since they're meant to rebut an entire ideological movement. The essays get a lot better as they gradually become more specific, but even then they are technical enough to probably not appeal to the casual reader.

But even when this book is at its most erudite and inaccessible, its message is incredibly important.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wilderness
This is a book of conservation essays released by the Foundation for Deep Ecology. It is split into three parts: Clashing Worldviews, Against Domestication and The Value of the Wild. The first two parts are similar - refuting arguments by more mainstream environmentalists (especially Peter Kareiva, former lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy) who lately claim that protected wild areas are not the environmental panacea as were hoped, and efforts to protect them and keep them wild should be a ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
One common criticism of edited collections like this is that they tend to be too disjointed, reflecting each author's unique interpretation of the brief or concept. Not so with this volume. This book was extremely repetitive, with nearly every essay having an introduction containing the phrase "the so-called Anthropocene", the body containing direct, yet often unsubstantiated, criticisms of Emma Marris and Peter Kareiva, and capped off with a conclusion full of dire warning about the looming dem ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an anthology, and there are several brief chapters about environmentalism.
Ideally, this would be great for someone working in the field, or someone who has been an activist for years. If you are looking for information and resources this may not be for you.
I think this is more for someone who's already writing about this topical academically or freelancing for magazines.
Mark Bailey
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: melony-office
Contains a lot of essays refuting the claims of Nordhaus and Shellenberger that because there are no lands that have not at least been minutely effected by man there is no more wilderness and therefore we should give up on protecting for wilderness. Michael Soule does the best job of painting the current status of conservation (versus environmentalism) and how the big conservation NGO's have mostly gone over to the land as resource for people and corporations.

Makes me glad to be the puny David
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: environment
I was torn between three and four stars. Four was what I was hoping for the book when I started, but three was the reality. This book suffers from some of the weaknesses that can plague essay collections, repetitiveness being the most common in this collection.

That said, this book is still a valuable and worthwhile challenge to the new conservationists. The authors repeatedly emphasize that those who value wildlands do not do so because they think them "pristine." I think they are largely right
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, non-fiction
3.5/5 I think this book is best for professionals in related fields or (most likely) for college students needing to cite sources in a paper. While the ideas are interesting, it's not really a book that you want to sit down and read straight through. I've picked it up (and put it down) several times over the past year. ...more
Jake Berlin
a variety of compelling points supporting a broad and important argument, although it does get a bit redundant, and with some of the essays of such a higher quality than the others, it undoubtedly could have been significantly shorter.
Graeme Smith
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This book reviews interesting ideas of how to tackle the ever-growing problem of climate change and global warming, but could be more 'user-friendly' by using language that the average reader can follow. ...more
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