The Future of Nature Writing on a Human Ecology from Orion Magazine

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  • Copyright: 2007-08-28
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions

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The western mindset is arguably one of the greatest threats to the world’s ecological balance. Corporatism and globalization are two of the obvious villains here, but what part does human nature play in the problem? Since its inception in 1982, Orion magazine has been a forum for looking beyond the effects of ecological crises to their root causes in human culture. Less an anthology than a vision statement, this timely collection challenges the division of human society from the natural world that has often characterized traditional environmentalism. Edited and introduced by Barry Lopez, The Future of Nature encompasses such topics as local economies, the social dynamics of activism, America’s incarceration society, naturalism in higher education, developing nations, spiritual ecology, the military-industrial landscape, and the persistent tyranny of wilderness designation. Featuring the fine writing and insights for which Orion is famous, this book is required reading for anyone interested in a livable future for the planet.

Table of Contents

Reinhabiting environmentalismp. 5
Consent of the governedp. 14
Beyond hopep. 27
The union makes them strongp. 32
Got tape?p. 43
A license to be human : an interview with Van Jonesp. 53
Conservation refugeesp. 65
Jeremiad for Belarusp. 78
Moving mountainsp. 91
On thin icep. 107
The black mesa syndromep. 117
Faux fallsp. 131
The edges of the civilized worldp. 143
On waste lonely placesp. 154
A word in favor of rootlessnessp. 160
The riddle of the Apostle Islandsp. 167
Beyond ecophobiap. 181
Charlotte's webpagep. 194
The leadership imperative : an interview with Oren Lyonsp. 205
Assailedp. 214
The rise and fall of natural historyp. 233
These green things : the San Francisco Garden Projectp. 244
Designer genesp. 257
The pirates of illiopolisp. 268
Radioactive roadtripp. 284
Winged mercury and the golden calfp. 295
In the name of restorationp. 307
The idea of a local economyp. 319
The culture of owningp. 331
Listening to the otherp. 341
Staying putp. 353
Endnotes : what came nextp. 369
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