Feral

Feral

Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life

Book - 2014
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To be an environmentalist early in the twenty-first century is always to be defending, arguing, acknowledging the hurdles we face in our efforts to protect wild places and fight climate change. But let's be honest: hedging has never inspired anyone. So what if we stopped hedging? What if we grounded our efforts to solve environmental problems in hope instead, and let nature make our case for us? That's what George Monbiot does in Feral, a lyrical, unabashedly romantic vision of how, by inviting nature back into our lives, we can simultaneously cure our "ecological boredom" and begin repairing centuries of environmental damage. Monbiot takes readers on an enchanting journey around the world to explore ecosystems that have been "rewilded": freed from human intervention and allowed--in some cases for the first time in millennia--to resume their natural ecological processes. We share his awe, and wonder, as he kayaks among dolphins and seabirds off the coast of Wales and wanders the forests of Eastern Europe, where lynx and wolf packs are reclaiming their ancient hunting grounds. Through his eyes, we see environmental success--and begin to envision a future world where humans and nature are no longer separate and antagonistic, but are together part of a single, healing world.
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780226205557
022620555X
Characteristics: xxi, 319 pages ; 24 cm

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eferry Jun 05, 2015

"Feral" is a complicated story with a simple premise: what would happen if we reintroduced species that we, as humans, previously removed from a landscape? In his book, Monbiot shares with us his research and experiences with the idea of 'rewilding,' the set of actions and principles which involves reintroducing lost species to ecosystems. He focuses on the UK; recent movements have attempted to bring back two very different species, wolves and beavers. You might be surprised to know that each has faced an equal amount of resistance!

Monbiot backs up his opinion with strong arguments for both the practical and aesthetic appeal for rewilding regions bereft of larger animals, both herbivores and carnivores. An interesting read, especially as it relates to experiments with similar concepts in the U.S.!

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