Hope, Human and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth

Hope, Human and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth

by Bill McKibben
     
 

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Bill McKibben's first book, the bestselling The End of Nature, offered a devastating portrait of the human civilization has done to the planet. Hope, Human and Wild sets out on a dramatically different journey to provide examples and hope for a sustainable future, one in which our society's wealth is measured less by its material productivity and more by its spiritual

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Bill McKibben's first book, the bestselling The End of Nature, offered a devastating portrait of the human civilization has done to the planet. Hope, Human and Wild sets out on a dramatically different journey to provide examples and hope for a sustainable future, one in which our society's wealth is measured less by its material productivity and more by its spiritual richness; less by its consumption of resources and more by the extent to which we live in harmony with the natural world. From the Adirondack Mountains to Kerala, India, to Curitiba, Brazil, McKibben offers clear-eyed and profoundly compelling portraits of places where resourceful people have confronted modern problems with inventive solutions, and thrived in the process. With an afterword by the author updating developments in the decade since the book was first published, this new edition offers a badly needed vision of optimism for the future of our planet.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Essays on successful collaborations between man and Mother Nature from the New Yorker staff writer who wrote the bestselling The End of Nature. (Apr.)
Library Journal
McKibben, an accomplished and popular ecological author, here joins other nature writers expressing a cautious optimism about the possibility of saving the global environment from further devastation. Close to home, McKibben writes of the wildlife returning to upstate New York and New England. In Curitika, Brazil, he finds an urban planner who has designed a city that works on a human scale, caring for the less fortunate while providing the means for commerce to flourish. And in Kerala, India, he tells of a state that has made enormous progress with a per capita income 1/17th the American average. McKibben concludes by calling for a new local politics, coupled with devolution of the global economy. Tantalizing, infuriating, and intelligent, this book is recommended for popular collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/95.]-Randy Dykhuis, OHIONET, Columbus, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316560641
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Bill McKibben is the author of ten books, including The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information, and Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.

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