Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life

Book - 2013
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This book explodes with wonder and delight. Making use of remarkable scientific discoveries that transform our understanding of how natural systems work, George Monbiot explores a new, positive environmentalism that shows how damaged ecosystems on land and at sea can be restored, and how this restoration can revitalize and enrich our lives.

Challenging what he calls his "ecological boredom," Monbiot weaves together a beautiful and riveting tale of wild places, wildlife, and wild people. Roaming the hills of Britain and the forests of Europe, kayaking off the coast of Wales with dolphins and seabirds, he seeks out the places that still possess something of the untamed spirit he would like to resurrect.

He meets people trying to restore lost forests and bring back missing species--such as wolves, lynx, wolverines, wild boar, and gray whales--and explores astonishing evidence that certain species, not just humans, have the power to shape the physical landscape. This process of rewilding, Monbiot argues, offers an alternative to a silent spring: the chance of a raucous summer in which ecological processes resume and humans draw closer to the natural world.

Publisher: Toronto : Allen Lane, 2013
ISBN: 9780670067176
Branch Call Number: 333.7153 MON
Characteristics: xv, 318 p. ; 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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