Keeping the Wild

Keeping the Wild

Against the Domestication of Earth

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Edited by George Wuerthner, Eileen Crist, and Tom Butler

248 pages pages | 6 x 9

Is it time to embrace the so-called “Anthropocene”—the age of human dominion—and to abandon tried-and-true conservation tools such as parks and wilderness areas? Is the future of Earth to be fully domesticated, an engineered global garden managed by technocrats to serve humanity? The schism between advocates of rewilding and those who accept and even celebrate a “post-wild” world is arguably the hottest intellectual battle in contemporary conservation.

In Keeping the Wild, a group of prominent scientists, writers, and conservation activists responds to the Anthropocene-boosters who claim that wild nature is no more (or in any case not much worth caring about), that human-caused extinction is acceptable, and that “novel ecosystems” are an adequate replacement for natural landscapes. With rhetorical fists swinging, the book’s contributors argue that these “new environmentalists” embody the hubris of the managerial mindset and offer a conservation strategy that will fail to protect life in all its buzzing, blossoming diversity.

With essays from Eileen Crist, David Ehrenfeld, Dave Foreman, Lisi Krall, Harvey Locke, Curt Meine, Kathleen Dean Moore, Michael Soulé, Terry Tempest Williams and other leading thinkers, Keeping the Wild provides an introduction to this important debate, a critique of the Anthropocene boosters’ attack on traditional conservation, and unapologetic advocacy for wild nature.

"...[T]he book contains thought-provoking and damning examples of how the 'Neo-greens' have abandoned the preservation of Nature in favor of human re-engineering of the earth's natural ecosystems and dwindling wilderness."

The Helena Vigilante

"We all need to read [Keeping the Wild] and become fully aware of the dangers it describes. We need to familiarise ourselves with all the arguments these writers have so clearly and thoroughly articulated if we are to have any hope of countering the insidious Anthropocene trend before it gets any further entrenched."

GreenSpirit Magazine

"In a collection of thoughts from prominent conservationists, editors Wuerthner, Crist and Butler build their case against our move toward the anthropocene, where there is a focus upon human dominance over the environment."

Steamboat Magazine

"Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth is an extraordinarily important book. It identifies the great and irreversible damage to Earth's biodiversity that will follow if the 'Anthropocene' ideology is allowed to stall the global conservation effort."

Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Foreword

Introduction: Lives Not Our Own \ Tom Butler 

 

PART I. Clashing Worldviews

Chapter 1. Rise of the Neo-Greens \ Paul Kingsnorth

Chapter 2. The Conceptual Assassination of Wilderness \ David W. Kidner

Chapter 3. Ptolemaic Environmentalism \ Eileen Crist

Chapter 4. With Friends Like These, Wilderness and Biodiversity Do Not Need Enemies \ David Johns

Chapter 5. What's So New about the 'New Environmentalism'? \ Curt Meine

Chapter 6. Conservation in No-Man's-Land \ Claudio Campagna and Daniel Guevara

Chapter 7. The "New Conservation" \ Michael Soulé 

 

PART II. Against Domestication

Chapter 8. The Fable of Managed Earth \ David Ehrenfeld

Chapter 9. Conservation in the Anthropocene \ Tim Caro, Jack Darwin, Tavis Forrester, Cynthia Ledoux-Bloom, and Caitlin Wells

Chapter 10. The Myth of the Humanized Pre-Columbian Landscape \ Dave Foreman

Chapter 11. The Future of Conservation: An Australian Perspective \ Brendan Mackey

Chapter 12. Expanding Parks, Reducing Human Numbers, and Preserving All the Wild Nature We Can: A Superior Alternative to Embracing the Anthropocene Era \ Phil Cafaro

Chapter 13. Green Postmodernism and the Attempted Highjacking of Conservation \ Harvey Locke

Chapter 14. Valuing Naturalness in the "Anthropocene": Now More than Ever \ Ned Hettinger 

 

PART III. Values of the Wild

Chapter 15. Wild World \ Roderick Frazier Nash

Chapter 16. Living Beauty \ Sandra Lubarsky

Chapter 17. Wilderness: What and Why? \ Howie Wolke

Chapter 18. Resistance \ Lisi Krall

Chapter 19. An Open Letter to Major Wesley Powell \ Terry Tempest Williams 

 

Epilogue: The Road to Cape Perpetua \ Kathleen Dean Moore

Acknowledgements

Contributors

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"...[T]he book contains thought-provoking and damning examples of how the 'Neo-greens' have abandoned the preservation of Nature in favor of human re-engineering of the earth's natural ecosystems and dwindling wilderness."

The Helena Vigilante

"We all need to read [Keeping the Wild] and become fully aware of the dangers it describes. We need to familiarise ourselves with all the arguments these writers have so clearly and thoroughly articulated if we are to have any hope of countering the insidious Anthropocene trend before it gets any further entrenched."

GreenSpirit Magazine

"In a collection of thoughts from prominent conservationists, editors Wuerthner, Crist and Butler build their case against our move toward the anthropocene, where there is a focus upon human dominance over the environment."

Steamboat Magazine

"Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth is an extraordinarily important book. It identifies the great and irreversible damage to Earth's biodiversity that will follow if the 'Anthropocene' ideology is allowed to stall the global conservation effort."

Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
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