|For far too long
humans have been ignoring nature. As the most dominant, overproducing,
overconsuming, big-brained, big-footed, arrogant, and invasive species
ever known, we are wrecking the planet at an unprecedented rate. And
while science is important to our understanding of the impact we have
on our environment, it alone does not hold the answers to the current
crisis, nor does it get people to act.
| In Ignoring Nature No
More, Marc Bekoff and a host of renowned contributors argue that
need a new mind-set about nature, one that centers on empathy,
compassion, and being proactive.
diverse essays is the first book devoted to compassionate conservation,
a growing global movement that translates discussions and concerns
about the well-being of individuals, species, populations, and
ecosystems into action. Written by leading scholars in a host of
disciplines, including biology, psychology, sociology, social work,
economics, political science, and philosophy, as well as by locals
doing fieldwork in their own countries, the essays combine the most
creative aspects of the current science of animal conservation with
analyses of important psychological and sociocultural issues that
encourage or vex stewardship.
The contributors tackle topics including
the costs and benefits of conservation, behavioral biology, media
coverage of animal welfare, conservation psychology, and scales of
conservation from the local to the global. Taken together, the essays
make a strong case for why we must replace our habits of domination and
exploitation with compassionate conservation if we are to make the
world a better place for nonhuman and human animals alike..
Ignoring Nature No More
Case for Compassionate Conservation
University Of Chicago Press, 2013
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