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Keeping the wild : against the domestication of Earth

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Keeping the wild : against the domestication of Earth
Non IUCN Publication

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? The schism between advocates of rewilding and those who accept and even celebrate a “post-wild” world is arguably the hottest intellectual battle in contemporary conservation. In Keeping the Wild, a group of prominent scientists, writers, and conservation activists responds to the Anthropocene-boosters who claim that wild nature is no more, that human-caused extinction is acceptable, and that “novel ecosystems” are an adequate replacement for natural landscapes. The book’s contributors argue that these “new environmentalists” embody the hubris of the managerial mindset and offer a conservation strategy that will fail to protect life in all its buzzing, blossoming diversity. Keeping the Wild provides an introduction to this important debate, a critique of the Anthropocene boosters’ attack on traditional conservation, and unapologetic advocacy for wild nature.

Washington, DC : Island Press, 2014
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xv, 271p.
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Includes bibliographic notes

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Record created: 2014/12/09
Record updated: 2020/04/10