With the land ever changing due to our human demands, the earth has continued to battle us. Constantly fighting us; from our lawns to gardens and bigger outfits like factory farming and just about everything that produces some kind of emission. We even have this illusion by making our lives easier with plastic bags, and our use of natural resources but that’s just an illusion. We’re harming our environment one day at a time and collectively we add to it’s demise. Even if one person does their due diligence and makes it to the garbage bin, there’s 10 more behind him who think it’s ok to dispose of trash while speeding down the highway.
What we fail to realize is that we’re all inter-connected. We’re riding frequencies and sharing energy that’s been around for as long as the earth and beyond. With this amazing read, you can dive into a beautiful book written to inspire and teach you more about the nature around us and how it’s so important to get back to nature, experience what’s around you, without technology. Ground yourself and get close enough to discover the tiny ecosystems flourishing all around you.
Thank you Alice Outwater, Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the advanced copy!
“Through a narrative that roams in unexpected directions through surprising details and history, then periodically grounds itself by looping back to her own family before it soars off again, Alice Outwater’s infectiously readable Wild at Heart captures the essence of ecology: Everything is connected, and every connection leads to ourselves.” —Alan Weisman, author, The World Without Us and Countdown
In the tradition of The World Without Us, a beautifully written and ultimately hopeful history of our relationship with the natural world
Nature on the brink? Maybe not. With so much bad news in the world, we forget how much environmental progress has been made. In a narrative that reaches from Native American tribal practices to public health and commercial hunting, Wild at Heart shows how western attitudes towards nature have changed dramatically in the last five hundred years.
The Chinook gave thanks for King Salmon’s gifts. The Puritans saw Nature as a frightening wilderness, full of “uncooked meat.” With the industrial revolution, nature was despoiled and simultaneously celebrated as a source of the sublime. With little forethought and great greed, Americans killed the last passenger pigeon, wiped out the old growth forests, and dumped so much oil in the rivers that they burst into flame. But in the span of a few decades, our relationship with nature has evolved to a more sophisticated sense of interdependence that brings us full circle. Across the US, people are taking individual action, planting native species and fighting for projects like dam removal and wolf restoration. Cities are embracing nature, too.
Humans can learn from the past, and our choices today will determine whether nature survives. Like the First Nations, all nations must come to deep agreement that nature needs protection. This compelling book reveals both how we got here and our own and nature’s astonishing ability to mutually regenerate.
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