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Is Wildness Over?

Paul Wapner



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Polity Press
06 March 2020
Series: Where Am I?
Selected as one of The Progressive's 'Favourite Books of 2020' Wildness was once integral to our ancestors' lives as they struggled to survive in an unpredictable environment. Today, most of us live in relative stability insulated from the vicissitudes of nature. Wildness is over, right?

Wrong, argues leading environmental scholar Paul Wapner. Wildness may have disappeared from our immediate lives, but it's been catapulted up to the global level. The planet itself has gone into spasm - calving glaciers, wildfires, heatwaves, mass extinction, and rising oceans all represent the new face of wildness.

Rejecting paths offered by geoengineering and de-extinction to bring the Earth under control, Wapner calls instead for 'rewilding'. This involves relinquishing the desire for comfort at all costs and welcoming greater uncertainty into our own lives. To save ourselves from global ruin, it is time to stop sanitizing and exerting mastery over the world and begin living humbly in it.
By:   Paul Wapner
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 189mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   174g
ISBN:   9781509532124
ISBN 10:   1509532129
Series:   Where Am I?
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   06 March 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Table of contents:Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Brave New Wild Chapter 2: Wild Modernity Chapter 3: Wild Climate Chapter 4: Wild Emptiness Chapter 5: Rewilding Chapter 6: Wild Ethics Further Reading References

Paul Wapner is Professor in the School of International Service at American University.

Reviews for Is Wildness Over?

If the world seems more chaotic to you, this superbly thoughtful book can help explain why, and provide some advice on surfing that new wildness. It will help you see your time through new, sharper eyes. Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of The End of Nature An admirably lucid meditation on the wild. Wapner shows that we subdue every last bit of wildness only at immense peril to ourselves and to all that we hold dear. His conclusion-that we must welcome unpredictability and a modicum of danger back into our personal lives-is bracing and wise. David Abram, Director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE) and author of Becoming Animal

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