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Publish Date: January 2007
Hope, Human and Wild
True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth
BY Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben’s first book, the bestselling The End of Nature, offered a devastating portrait of the harm human civilization has done to the planet. Hope, Human and Wild sets out on a dramatically different journey to provide examples and hope for a sustainable future, one in which our society’s wealth is measured less by its material productivity and more by its spiritual richness; less by its consumption of resources and more by the extent to which we live in harmony with the natural world.
From the Adirondack Mountains to Kerala, India, to Curitiba, Brazil, McKibben offers clear-eyed and profoundly compelling portraits of places where resourceful people have confronted modern problems with inventive solutions, and thrived in the process. With an afterword by the author updating developments in the decade since the book was first published, this new edition offers a badly needed vision of optimism for the future of our planet.
“A useful and surprisingly optimistic book that proposes to leave behind the increasingly sterile debate between wilderness and civilization and in its place offer a vision of recovery, renewal, of resurgence.”
“A book about healing the land as well as our souls. McKibben opens the door to the twenty-first century with his belief in the coming era of environmental restoration. I pray that he is right.”
—Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge
“Tantalizing, infuriating, and intelligent.”