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Is Wildness Over?. Edition No. 1. Environmental Futures

  • ID: 5367755
  • Book
  • March 2020
  • 160 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Selected as one of The Progressive’s ‘Favourite Books of 2020’

Wildness was once integral to our ancestors' lives as they struggled to survive in an unpredictable environment.  Today, most of us live in relative stability insulated from the vicissitudes of nature. Wildness is over, right? 
Wrong, argues leading environmental scholar Paul Wapner. Wildness may have disappeared from our immediate lives, but it’s been catapulted up to the global level. The planet itself has gone into spasm - calving glaciers, wildfires, heatwaves, mass extinction, and rising oceans all represent the new face of wildness.  
Rejecting paths offered by geoengineering and de-extinction to bring the Earth under control, Wapner calls instead for ‘rewilding’. This involves relinquishing the desire for comfort at all costs and welcoming greater uncertainty into our own lives. To save ourselves from global ruin, it is time to stop sanitizing and exerting mastery over the world and begin living humbly in it.
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Table of contents:Acknowledgements
Chapter 1: Brave New Wild
Chapter 2: Wild Modernity
Chapter 3: Wild Climate
Chapter 4: Wild Emptiness
Chapter 5: Rewilding
Chapter 6: Wild Ethics
Further Reading
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Paul Wapner
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