Living Through the End of Nature The Future of American Environmentalism

ISBN-10: 0262518791
ISBN-13: 9780262518796
Edition: 2013
Authors: Paul Wapner
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Description: Environmentalists have always worked to protect the wildness of nature but now mustfind a new direction. We have so tamed, colonized, and contaminated the natural world thatsafeguarding it from humans is no longer an option. Humanity's imprint is  More...

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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Environmentalists have always worked to protect the wildness of nature but now mustfind a new direction. We have so tamed, colonized, and contaminated the natural world thatsafeguarding it from humans is no longer an option. Humanity's imprint is now everywhere and allefforts to "preserve" nature require extensive human intervention. At the same time, weare repeatedly told that there is no such thing as nature itself -- only our own conceptions of it.One person's endangered species is another's dinner or source of income. In Living Throughthe End of Nature, Paul Wapner probes the meaning of environmentalism in a postnature age.Wapner argues that we can neither go back to a preindustrial Elysium nor forwardto a technological utopia. He proposes a third way that takes seriously the breached boundarybetween humans and nature and charts a co-evolutionary path in which environmentalists exploit thetension between naturalism and mastery to build a more sustainable, ecologically vibrant, andsocially just world. Beautifully written and thoughtfully argued, Living Through the End of Nature provides a powerful vision for environmentalism'sfuture

Paul Wapner is Professor of Global Environmental Politics in the School of International Service at American University and author of Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism and Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics. His research focuses on Environmental Thought, Transnational Environmental Activism, Environmental Ethics, and Global Environmental Politics.

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