Abundant Earth: Toward an Ecological Civilization


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University of Chicago Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Eileen Crist is associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. She is the author of Images of Animals: Anthropomorphism and Animal Mind and coeditor of a number of books, including Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, andEarth Ethics in an Age of Crisis; Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation; Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth; and Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation.


"Exhilarating. . . . The exhilaration comes from discovering a scholar, teacher, and writer who has pulled together ideas that I have been thinking about for nearly half a century, since I was drawn into environmental studies and discourses by the likes of Rachel Carson and Paul Ehrlich, among others. . . . She has brilliantly brought together ideas I've long thought critically important, and this is cause for elation. . . . Despair is not an option. . . . Crist . . . is a fearless scholar, offering ideas that are far outside mainstream thought even of environmentalists. . . . She does not shrink from the magnitude of the challenges she describes in this book. She does not expect civilization to be reinvented overnight, but she also does not think that we humans have a lot of time to dally in addressing the challenges. We are making the Earth less abundant by the day, and ecological crises abound. Abundant Earth is a must read for all concerned about wilderness, wildlife, rewilding, and the ecological future. Crist has combed a vast literature and presented the case for civilizational change most effectively. . . . An essential macro-analysis of what must be done and why."--John Miles "Rewilding Institute's Rewilding Earth"
"A prescient text, strong medicine for these days in which we find ourselves. Crist has gathered bitter berries and fertile fruit from her life as a scholar and as an articulate voice for wild nature, offering this text as an antidote to these times of rapidly changing environmental circumstances marked by climate disruption, expanding human numbers, and a disquieting loss of species. . . . It is into this milieu that Abundant Earth arrives with its fearless call for nothing less than a total reformation of human civilization on the planet."--Tim Hogan "Trumpeter"
"Abundant Earth is a gem of a book. Eileen Crist clearly shows how essential it is for humans to appreciate that we're just one species among many, to recognize that it's high time that we deeply appreciate and embrace Earth's biodiversity, and to understand that we're not superior or 'better' than other animals. When we come to realize that coexistence has to be the name of the game as we move forward in an increasingly human dominated world--we are the most dominating species--and that each and every individual can make positive differences in the ongoing health of our magnificent planet, there is hope that the future won't be as bleak as many claim it will be. Future generations surely will inherit a different planet. However, different doesn't necessarily mean a worse place to live if we reconnect with nature, rewild ourselves, and come to understand that we're just one of a gang of many diverse beings, all of whom matter."--Marc Bekoff, author of Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence and Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do "Trumpeter"
"No one has dealt with the issue of human supremacy and 'the fate of the earth' in the systematic and extensive manner that Crist does in this book. Her work is meticulous, systematic, thorough--and it is deeply provocative."--Lisi Krall, author of Proving Up: Domesticating Land in US History "Trumpeter"
"I doubt that a more important book than Crist's Abundant Earth has appeared so far this century. There is now no more urgent project than the one she urges: developing a global ecological civilization. Passionate, intelligent, and courageous, Crist's book belongs together with the work of Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson, and insofar as she addresses challenges that they probably didn't imagine in their darkest dreams, it takes that work forward. Abundant Earth details our self-created predicament and its murderous effects on all life before laying out a different way we can take, a vision with intensely practical implications. It deserves the widest possible readership."--Patrick Curry, author of Ecological Ethics and editor of the journal The Ecological Citizen "Trumpeter"
"Abundant Earth is a profoundly needed book in this moment in time. . . . The book is grounded in real science, but Crist ushers the reader along using easy to understand examples, resulting in a text that can be readily understood by readers of all backgrounds. She offers an ultimately uplifting and optimistic perspective on a serious and gloomy topic. . . . Recommended." --Patrick Curry, author of Ecological Ethics and editor of the journal The Ecological Citizen "Choice"
"Though not fuming with the misanthropic rage of Money's The Selfish Ape, Crist's book is nonetheless a pointed and furious cross-examination of anthropocentrism."--Patrick Curry, author of Ecological Ethics and editor of the journal The Ecological Citizen "The Inquisitive Biologist"