The human race has evolved in the old natural world that brings hurricanes and other natural disasters; on a large scale this is quite predictable. But it always remains a realm of necessity.
Western man has traditionally viewed the natural world as a collection of natural resources to be developed—as sources of food, habitat, and raw materials—or as an adversary to be conquered rather than as a sacred, nurturing habitat in which humans take their place alongside other forms of life.
Muddled though they are scientifically, the creationists, believing in the sudden appearance of the earth some seven thousand years ago, may intuitively understand more about the progress of time than the rest of us. In much the same way that studies of the global consequences of nuclear war led to the hypothesis of a nuclear winter, McKibben is warning of the equally serious cumulative effects of global atmospheric pollution from the burning of fossil fuels.
In other words, our reassuring sense of a timeless future, which is drawn from that apparently bottomless well of the past, is a delusion. The first fifth of this book is mainly about global warming caused by human activity, as well as acid rain and the depletion of the ozone layer.
International cooperation, careful evaluation of the idea of infinite technological progress, and questioning the efficiency of free market solutions are all necessary for the change that will have to come about. Our cars, our houses, plastics, and pesticides are as much a part of the world we know as are the trees, waters, and hills that we live among.
With the advent of such global environmental problems as acid rain, the greenhouse effect, the depletion of the ozone layer, and the massive destruction of tropical rain forests, humankind has lost its sense of nature as an infinitely renewable resource capable of absorbing any amount of human alteration.
In his title essay, McKibben laments the loss of the concept of wilderness, or unspoiled nature. More than simply a handbook for survival or a doomsday catalog of scientific prediction, this classic, soulful lament on Nature is required reading for nature enthusiasts, activists, and concerned citizens alike.
This impassioned plea for radical and life-renewing change is today still considered a groundbreaking work in environmental studies. Every three times you are late will count as an absence. Most of our influence on climate, for example, has been inadvertent. Like all our level courses in literary history, this one centers on a specific theme or defined topic: Unspoiled nature is our Eden, our genesis, our point of departure.
In the last half-decade, the percentage of West German forests damaged by acid rain has risen from less than 10 to more than This is developed in much greater depth in Global Warming by Stephen H.
He presents problems on a human level, measuring the biosphere in units of the distance to his mailbox, and lists possible consequences of environmental degradation ranging from floods and famine down to worsening asthma and hay fever.
McKibben sets forth plainly that the human race will need to decide between our material world -- houses, cars, clothes -- and the natural world.Where Emerson described nature as "always consistent" (), McKibben noted that "it is this very predictability that has allowed most of us in the Western world to forget about nature, or to assign it a new role-as a place for withdrawing from the cares of the human world" (End 83).
THE MESSAGE OF The End of Nature justifies its ominous title: According to Bill McKibben, true nature, which was independent of human influence, has been replaced by an artificial nature in whose processes human beings play a part. This concept may not seem frightening but McKibben points out that.
Official website for Bill McKibben - author, educator, environmentalist, and Co-founder of org; includes full information on all his books including Oil and Honey, Eaarth, The End of Nature, Deep Economy, Fight Global Warming Now, and a wealth of resources.
Bill McKibben on the End of Nature and the Reconstruction of American Environmentalism Mark Luccarelli University of Oslo Abstract: McKibbe11 is an enviro11men1alis1, formerly a Slaff writer for.
The End of Nature, by Bill McKibben, was published back in It is considered the first book about global warming written for a mainstream audience.
It is considered the first book about global warming written for a mainstream audience. The End of Nature Reissued on the tenth anniversary of its publication, this classic work on our environmental crisis features a new introduction by the author, reviewing both the progress and ground lost in the fight to save the earth.Download