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By Ben A. Minteer,Stephen J. Pyne

From John Muir to David Brower, from the production of Yellowstone nationwide Park to the Endangered Species Act, environmentalism in the United States has regularly had with regards to its middle a preservationist perfect. Generations were encouraged via 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 proof. Accelerating weather switch, quick urbanization, agricultural and business devastation, metastasizing fireplace 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 now we have attempted to either guard and make the most nature to invite a right away yet profound query: what's the position of preservationism in an period of probably unstoppable human improvement, in what a few have referred to as the Anthropocene?

           

Ben A. Minteer and Stephen J. Pyne compile a beautiful consortium of voices constituted of popular scientists, historians, philosophers, environmental writers, activists, coverage makers, and land managers to barter the awesome demanding situations that environmentalism faces. a few demand a brand new, post-preservationist version, person who is way extra pragmatic, interventionist, and human-centered. Others push forcefully again, arguing for a extra chastened and confined imaginative and prescient of human motion on this planet. a few try and identify a center floor, whereas others ruminate extra deeply at the which means and price of desert. a few write on species misplaced, others on species kept, and but others speak about the iconic sensible demanding situations of coping with our land, water, and air.

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

Contributors contain: 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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