The Future of Nature
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 timeless 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, The Future of Nature is required reading for anyone interested in a shared, livable future.
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Praise and Prizes
"Clarion essays by such innovative and now prominent thinkers as Wendell Berry, Bill McKibben, Gary Paul Nabhan, and Rebecca Solnit nestle against two-dozen other arresting dispatches, including Loren’s chronicle of a grassroots effort to halt unnecessary commercial development in Colorado and Sandra Steingraber’s report on the trouble with vinyl . . . The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, adding up to a thought-provoking ecological primer."
“The wide number of subjects covered here makes it a solid choice both for those looking for reference material and the casual reader who is not quite sure what topic yet to pursue.”
“This collection of essays challenges the division of human society from the natural world–a division that has often characterized traditional environmentalism–and offers hope for moving forward.”
“These are serious essays for a world facing serious challenges, though the fact that they are written with so much evident heart and conviction leavens the prose and makes them a pleasure to ponder.”