The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering Our Ability to Rescue the Earth

The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering Our Ability to Rescue the Earth

by Charles Wohlforth
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The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering Our Ability to Rescue the Earth by Charles Wohlforth


"What capacity for good lies in the hidden depths of people?"

Starting with this question, award-winning author Charles Wohlforth sets forth on a wide-ranging exploration of our relationship with the world. In The Fate of Nature, he draws on science, spirituality, history, economics, and personal stories to reveal answers about the future of that relationship.

There is no better place to witness the highs and lows of our treatment of the natural world than the vast wilds, rocky coasts, and shifting settlements of Alaska. Since the first encounter between Captain Cook's crew and the Alaskan Natives in 1778, there have been countless struggles between people who have had different plans for the region. Some have hoped to preserve Alaska as they found it, while others aimed to create something new in its place.

Incidents such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill may seem like cause for despair. In the face of such profound tragedies, Charles Wohlforth has found heartening developments in the science of human altruism. This new understanding of what causes humans to cooperate and act conscientiously may be the first step toward taking the actions necessary to preserve an environment that has already been altered drastically in our lifetime.

A clear-eyed, original work of research, reportage, and philosophical reflections, The Fate of Nature gives us a chance to change the way we think about our place in society and the world at large.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429924054
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 759,065
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

CHARLES WOHLFORTH is a lifelong Alaska resident and author of The Whale and the Supercomputer, winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize, as well as many other books and articles about nature, history, politics, and travel in the North. An avid cross-country skier, Wohlforth lives during the winter in Anchorage with his wife, Barbara, and their four children. In summer they live off the grid on a remote Kachemak Bay shore reachable only by boat. Wohforth began his career as a reporter for a small-town newspaper. As a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News he worked months in the field covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Charles Wohlforth is a lifelong Alaska resident and author of The Whale and the Supercomputer, winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize, as well as many other books and articles about nature, history, politics, and travel in the North. An avid cross-country skier, Wohlforth lives during the winter in Anchorage with his wife, Barbara, and their four children. In summer they live off the grid on a remote Kachemak Bay shore reachable only by boat. Wohlforth began his career as a reporter for a small-town newspaper. As a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News he worked months in the field covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering Our Ability to Rescue the Earth 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Christinestella More than 1 year ago
The Fate of Nature examines eco-systems of the PWS in a thoughtful, poetic way. No doubt years of careful personal studies and encounters with wildlife, Native residents and scientists alike have forged this very sensitive and detailed account. Charles Wohlforth's realistic yet optimistic views of where we as a specie on Earth are headed and of where humankind personal responsibilities lie make this book compelling and a must-read as the Gulf spill unfolds before us. It gently reminded me that selfless respect, compassion for all things and a responsible caring way of living might restore health and balance not only to our societies but to the world as a whole.
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