Ignoring Nature No More The Case for Compassionate Conservation

ISBN-10: 0226925358
ISBN-13: 9780226925356
Edition: 2013
Authors: Marc Bekoff
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

For far too long humans have been ignoring nature. As the most dominant, overproducing, overconsuming, big-brained, big-footed, arrogant, and invasive species ever known, we are wrecking the planet at an unprecedented rate. And while science is important to our understanding of the impact we have on our environment, it alone does not hold the answers to the current crisis, nor does it get people to act. InIgnoring Nature No More, Marc Bekoff and a host of renowned contributors argue that we need a new mind-set about nature, one that centers on empathy, compassion, and being proactive.           This collection of diverse essays is the first book devoted to compassionate conservation, a growing global movement that translates discussions and concerns about the well-being of individuals, species, populations, and ecosystems into action. Written by leading scholars in a host of disciplines, including biology, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, political science, and philosophy, as well as by locals doing fieldwork in their own countries, the essays combine the most creative aspects of the current science of animal conservation with analyses of important psychological and sociocultural issues that encourage or vex stewardship. The contributors tackle topics including the costs and benefits of conservation, behavioral biology, media coverage of animal welfare, conservation psychology, and scales of conservation from the local to the global. Taken together, the essays make a strong case for why we must replace our habits of domination and exploitation with compassionate conservation if we are to make the world a better place for nonhuman and human animals alike.

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has published numerous books, including The Emotional Lives of Animals, and has provided expert commentary for many media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, and the BBC.

Foreword
Preface: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why It Shouldn't Be All about Us
Acknowledgments
Ethics, Conservation, and Animal Protection: Trying to Make Difficult Decisions Easier
The Infirm Ethical Foundations of Conservation
Venturing beyond the Tyranny of Small Differences: The Animal Protection Movement, Conservation, and Environmental Education
Ecocide and the Extinction of Animal Minds
Talking about Bushmeat
Conservation, Animal Rights, and Human Welfare: A Pragmatic View of the "Bushmeat Crisis"
Conservation Behavior and "Enlightened Management": Guidelines for Restoring, Recreating, and Redecorating Nature
Why We Really Don't Care about the Evidence in Evidence-Based Decision Making in Conservation (and How to Change This)
Cautionary Wildlife Tales: Learning to Fail or Failing to Learn?
Coyotes, Compassionate Conservation, and Coexistence: Why Ignoring Nature Means Ineffective "Predator Management"
Why Evolutionary Biology Is Important for Conservation: Toward Evolutionarily Sustainable Harvest Management
Reintroductions to "Ratchet Up" Public Perceptions of Biodiversity: Reversing the Extinction of Experience through Animal Restorations
Przewalski's Horses and Red Wolves: Importance of Behavioral Research for Species Brought Back from the Brink of Extinction
Why Individuals Matter: Lessons in Animal Welfare and Conservation
Conservation Economics and Politics: It All Comes Down to Money
The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare
Conservation, Biodiversity, and Tourism in New Zealand: Engaging with the Conservation Economy
Human Dimensions of Social Justice, Empathy, and Compassion for Animals and Other Nature
Anthropological Perspectives on Ignoring Nature
Nature and Animals in Human Social Interactions: Fostering Environmental Identity
Conservation Social Work: The Interconnectedness of Biodiversity Health and Human Resilience
The War on Nature-Turning the Tide? Lessons from Other Movements and Conservation History
Consuming Nature: The Cultural Politics of Animals and the Environment in the Mass Media
Children, Animals, and Social Neuroscience: Empathy, Conservation Education, and Activism
Culture, Religion, and Spirituality: Using Empathy and Compassion to Develop a Unified Global Movement to Protect Animals and Their Homes
Compassionate Conservation: A Paradigm Shift for Wildlife Management in Australasia
Explaining China's Wildlife Crisis: Cultural Tradition or Politics of Development
A Triangular Playing Field: The Social, Economic, and Ethical Context of Conserving India's Natural Heritage
Conservation and Its Challenges in Kenya
Is Green Religion an Oxymoron? Biocultural Evolution and Earthly Spirituality
Avatar: The Search for Biosynergy and Compassion
Some Closing Words: Moving Ahead with Heart, Peace, and Compassion
About the Contributors
Contributors' Contact Information
Index

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