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By Ben A. Minteer,Stephen J. Pyne

ISBN-10: 022625982X

ISBN-13: 9780226259826

ISBN-10: 022625996X

ISBN-13: 9780226259963

From John Muir to David Brower, from the production of Yellowstone nationwide Park to the Endangered Species Act, environmentalism in the US has continually had as regards 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. yet we need to face the proof. Accelerating weather swap, speedy urbanization, agricultural and commercial devastation, metastasizing hearth regimes, and different quickening anthropogenic forces all attest to an identical fact: the earth is now spinning throughout the age of people. After Preservation takes inventory of the methods we have now attempted to either protect and take advantage of nature to invite an instantaneous yet profound query: what's the function of preservationism in an period of doubtless 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 created from popular scientists, historians, philosophers, environmental writers, activists, coverage makers, and land managers to barter the extraordinary demanding situations that environmentalism faces. a few demand a brand new, post-preservationist version, person who is way 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 flooring, whereas others ruminate extra deeply at the that means and price of barren region. a few write on species misplaced, others on species kept, and but others talk about the iconic useful demanding situations of handling our land, water, and air.

From lively optimism to cautious prudence to severe skepticism, the ensuing diversity of methods deals an inspiring contribution to the panorama of recent environmentalism, one pushed via severe, sustained engagements with the serious difficulties we needs to clear up if we—and the wild backyard we may well 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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