The Earth Only Endures: On Reconnecting with Nature and Our Place in It [NOOK Book]

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For most of human history, we have lived our daily lives in a close relationship with the land. Yet now, for the first time, more people are living in urban rather than rural areas, bringing about an estrangement. This book, by acclaimed author Jules Pretty, is fundamentally about our relationship with nature, animals and places.

A series of interlinked essays leads readers on a voyage that weaves through the themes of connection and ...
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The Earth Only Endures: On Reconnecting with Nature and Our Place in It

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Overview

For most of human history, we have lived our daily lives in a close relationship with the land. Yet now, for the first time, more people are living in urban rather than rural areas, bringing about an estrangement. This book, by acclaimed author Jules Pretty, is fundamentally about our relationship with nature, animals and places.

A series of interlinked essays leads readers on a voyage that weaves through the themes of connection and estrangement between humans and nature. The journey shows how our modern lifestyles and economies would need six or eight Earths if the entire world?s population adopted our profligate ways. Pretty shows that we are rendering our own world inhospitable and so risk losing what it means to be human: unless we make substantial changes, Gaia threatens to become Grendel. Ultimately, however, the book offers glimpses of an optimistic future for humanity, in the very face of climate change and pending global environmental catastrophe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136554339
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 3 MB

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Table of Contents

Preface: Green Places, Good Places vii

Acknowledgements xiv

Part 1 Green Places

1 Becoming Green 3

2 Birch Bark and Blue Sky 9

3 A Room with a Green View 27

4 Unhealthy Places 39

Part 2 Animals and Us

5 Where the Wild Things Were 55

6 Hunters and the Hunted 69

7 Animal Magic 85

Part 3 Food and the Land

8 The Fatta the Lan' 99

9 Little Houses on the Prairie 113

10 The Shadow of the Rain 125

11 Rewilding Agriculture 139

Part 4 People and the Land

12 Legible Landscapes 155

13 Exclusion Zones 167

14 Life and Land on the North Atlantic Fringe 183

Part 5 The Future

15 Ecolution 197

16 Liberation 213

Notes 223

References 243

Index 267

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