Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life (Hardcover)

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Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life, by George Monbiot

 A fascinating exploration into the attempts to rewild the earth, bringing wolves back to Yellowstone & mountain lions to the Rockies, amongst many other projects. Monbiot discusses not just the geographical but also the emotional aspects of such a rewilding, and how it helps humans to reconnect with the world around them.

— From Paul Wenzel


To be an environmentalist early in the twenty-first century is always to be defending, arguing, acknowledging the hurdles we face in our efforts to protect wild places and fight climate change. But let's be honest: hedging has never inspired anyone.

So what if we stopped hedging? What if we grounded our efforts to solve environmental problems in hope instead, and let nature make our case for us? That's what George Monbiot does in Feral, a lyrical, unabashedly romantic vision of how, by inviting nature back into our lives, we can simultaneously cure our "ecological boredom" and begin repairing centuries of environmental damage. Monbiot takes readers on an enchanting journey around the world to explore ecosystems that have been "rewilded" freed from human intervention and allowed--in some cases for the first time in millennia--to resume their natural ecological processes. We share his awe, and wonder, as he kayaks among dolphins and seabirds off the coast of Wales and wanders the forests of Eastern Europe, where lynx and wolf packs are reclaiming their ancient hunting grounds. Through his eyes, we see environmental success--and begin to envision a future world where humans and nature are no longer separate and antagonistic, but are together part of a single, healing world.

Monbiot's commitment is fierce, his passion infectious, his writing compelling. Readers willing to leave the confines of civilization and join him on his bewitching journey will emerge changed--and ready to change our world for the better.

About the Author

George Monbiot is a journalist, environmentalist, "Guardian" columnist, and the author of numerous books.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780226205557
ISBN-10: 022620555X
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: September 26th, 2014
Pages: 319
Language: English