The Earth Only Endures: On Reconnecting with Nature and Our Place In It

The Earth Only Endures: On Reconnecting with Nature and Our Place In It

by Jules Pretty
     
 

This book 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

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This book 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844074327
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jules Pretty OBE is Professor of Environment and Society in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex, UK, and Chief Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. His books include Sustainable Agriculture and Food (4 vols, ed, 2007), Environment (4 vols, ed, 2006), The Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Agriculture (2005, ed), The Pesticide Detox (2005), Agri-Culture (2002), The Living Land (1998), Regenerating Agriculture (1995) and Unwelcome Harvest (1991, co-authored). He is a Fellow of the Institute of the Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, and Deputy-Chair of the government's Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE). He received a 1997 international award from the Indian Ecological Society and was appointed A. D. White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University from 2001. In 2006 he received an OBE for services to sustainable agriculture in the UK and overseas.

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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