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

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Divided into three sections, Hope, Human and Wild profiles the efforts of three caring communities to preserve wilderness and reverse environmental devastation. They include the reforestation of McKibben’s home territory, New York’s Adirondack Mountains; solving traffic and pollution problems in the densely populated Curitiba, Brazil; and how the citizens of Kerala, India have demonstrated that quality of life doesn’t depend on overconsumption of resources. This edition features a new introduction that revisits ...

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Overview

Divided into three sections, Hope, Human and Wild profiles the efforts of three caring communities to preserve wilderness and reverse environmental devastation. They include the reforestation of McKibben’s home territory, New York’s Adirondack Mountains; solving traffic and pollution problems in the densely populated Curitiba, Brazil; and how the citizens of Kerala, India have demonstrated that quality of life doesn’t depend on overconsumption of resources. This edition features a new introduction that revisits these places and explores how they’ve changed over the years.

In lyrical, penetrating essays, Bill McKibben offers an optimistic response to his bestselling The End of Nature, focusing on successful community ventures to preserve the wilderness and reverse environmental damage. From his home in the Adirondack Mountains to a city in Brazil and a state in India, McKibben searches for realistic models for the future of the planet. 227 pp.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571313003
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: The World As Home Series
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,464,033
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben
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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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     3
Home     7
Curitiba     57
Kerala     115
Home Again: A Future Glimpsed     167
Afterword     223
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