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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 as regards to its middle a preservationist excellent. Generations were encouraged by way of its ethos—to encircle nature with our safeguard, to maintain it aside, pristine, walled opposed to the march of human improvement. yet we need to face the proof. Accelerating weather swap, quick urbanization, agricultural and business devastation, metastasizing hearth regimes, and different quickening anthropogenic forces all attest to an identical fact: the earth is now spinning during the age of people. After Preservation takes inventory of the methods we've attempted to either defend and make the most nature to invite an immediate yet profound query: what's the position of preservationism in an period of possible unstoppable human improvement, in what a few have known as the Anthropocene?


Ben A. Minteer and Stephen J. Pyne compile a gorgeous consortium of voices constituted of well known scientists, historians, philosophers, environmental writers, activists, coverage makers, and land managers to barter the remarkable 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 restricted imaginative and prescient of human motion on this planet. a few try and determine a center floor, whereas others ruminate extra deeply at the which means and cost of barren region. a few write on species misplaced, others on species kept, and but others talk about the iconic functional demanding situations of coping with our land, water, and air.

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

Contributors comprise: Chelsea okay. 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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