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 construction of Yellowstone nationwide Park to the Endangered Species Act, environmentalism in the United States has continually had just about its middle a preservationist perfect. Generations were encouraged by way of its ethos—to encircle nature with our security, to maintain it aside, pristine, walled opposed to the march of human improvement. yet we need to face the proof. Accelerating weather switch, fast urbanization, agricultural and commercial devastation, metastasizing fireplace regimes, and different quickening anthropogenic forces all attest to a similar fact: the earth is now spinning throughout the age of people. After Preservation takes inventory of the methods we have now attempted to either defend and make the most nature to invite a right away yet profound query: what's the function of preservationism in an period of doubtless unstoppable human improvement, in what a few have known 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 very good 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 constrained imaginative and prescient of human motion in the world. a few attempt to determine a center flooring, whereas others ruminate extra deeply at the which means and cost of wasteland. a few write on species misplaced, others on species kept, and but others talk about the long-lasting useful demanding situations of dealing with our land, water, and air.

From lively optimism to cautious prudence to severe skepticism, the ensuing diversity of ways deals an inspiring contribution to the panorama of contemporary environmentalism, one pushed through critical, sustained engagements with the serious difficulties we needs to clear up if we—and the wild backyard we could now keep—are going to outlive the period now we have ushered in.  

Contributors comprise: Chelsea ok. 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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