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 USA has consistently had as regards to its middle a preservationist perfect. Generations were encouraged through its ethos—to encircle nature with our defense, to maintain it aside, pristine, walled opposed to the march of human improvement. yet we need to face the evidence. Accelerating weather swap, fast urbanization, agricultural and commercial devastation, metastasizing hearth regimes, and different quickening anthropogenic forces all attest to an identical fact: the earth is now spinning in the course of the age of people. After Preservation takes inventory of the methods we've attempted to either defend and make the most nature to invite a right away yet profound query: what's the position of preservationism in an period of likely unstoppable human improvement, in what a few have referred to as the Anthropocene?


Ben A. Minteer and Stephen J. Pyne assemble a gorgeous consortium of voices constructed from popular scientists, historians, philosophers, environmental writers, activists, coverage makers, and land managers to barter the terrific 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 confined imaginative and prescient of human motion on the planet. a few attempt to identify 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 useful demanding situations of coping with our land, water, and air.

From lively optimism to cautious prudence to severe skepticism, the ensuing diversity of methods deals an inspiring contribution to the panorama of contemporary environmentalism, one pushed through critical, sustained engagements with the severe difficulties we needs to remedy if we—and the wild backyard we may possibly now keep—are going to outlive the period we've got ushered in.  

Contributors contain: Chelsea ok. 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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