The End of Nature (2020)

The End of Nature Bill McKibben The End of Nature Reissued on the tenth anniversary of its publication this classic work on our environmental crisis features a new introduction by the author reviewing both the progress and ground lost in the fight
  • Title: The End of Nature
  • Author: Bill McKibben
  • ISBN: 9780812976083
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
The End of Nature Bill McKibben Reissued on the tenth anniversary of its publication, this classic work on our environmental crisis features a new introduction by the author, reviewing both the progress and ground lost in the fight to save the earth.This impassioned plea for radical and life renewing change is today still considered a groundbreaking work in environmental studies McKibben s argument thatReissued on the tenth anniversary of its publication, this classic work on our environmental crisis features a new introduction by the author, reviewing both the progress and ground lost in the fight to save the earth.This impassioned plea for radical and life renewing change is today still considered a groundbreaking work in environmental studies McKibben s argument that the survival of the globe is dependent on a fundamental, philosophical shift in the way we relate to nature is relevant than ever McKibben writes of our earth s environmental cataclysm, addressing such core issues as the greenhouse effect, acid rain, and the depletion of the ozone layer His new introduction addresses some of the latest environmental issues that have risen during the 1990s The book also includes an invaluable new appendix of facts and figures that surveys the progress of the environmental movement.More than simply a handbook for survival or a doomsday catalog of scientific prediction, this classic, soulful lament on Nature is required reading for nature enthusiasts, activists, and concerned citizens alike.
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  1. David Schaafsma

    I read parts of this book in 1989 when it came out, excerpted in various liberal and environmental journals and in the NY Times McKibben, one of the leading environmental writers of our time, wrote here a groundbreaking and powerful and angry book which I have now re read in its entirety Well, as you can guess from the title, it is not a hopeful little book about what you can do to contribute to saving the planet it is, rather, a story documenting everything that happened because, having been wa [...]

  2. Anna

    The great problem with this book was the way it approaches nature namely that he wants to leave humans out of it He seems angry that we exist as a part of the world than interested in thinking of productive ways of dealing with the the concerns regarding the environment that we are facing.

  3. Lisa Vegan

    This book presents the sobering idea that there is no longer such as thing as nature, because humans have caused such massive changes by their presence and behaviors that humans have altered everything including all forms of plant and animal life on earth I read the book when it was first published in hardback form, and it made immediate sense to me, unfortunately I ll never be able to look at nature in exactly the same way as I did, although I can still enjoy what there is of it, and feel even [...]

  4. Kate

    Dragged myself through this puppy It was a tough go, but I somehow felt it was the environmentally responsible thing to do Basically he makes the point very forcefully that we really have paved paradise Damn I recommend putting away all sharp objects and hiding anything that can be used to hang yourself before reading this book Dead bird on cover says it all.

  5. Nina

    Perhaps as an environmental studies student who has studied the 30 years of theory that followed and partly responded to The End of Nature, I was unable to see the book without bias That said, I have never been so frustrated with a book before Bill McKibben is an excellent writer, and a very good person, but his treatment of the notion of nature is misleading and lacking in depth His major thesis is that in the past a generalized, Western past , we saw nature as being clearly autonomous from hum [...]

  6. Michael

    Read this one several years ago, but it s been much on my mind lately so I thought I d put up my review In 1988, a 19 year old me was living quite happily in a cloud of pot smoke in Orono, Maine My roommate, a great guy we called Woody because that s what he was was waving a copy of this book around and explaining to me an idea he d just learned about in one of his tree hugger classes he was a Forestry major called the green house effect Apparently, Woody told me, mankind was releasing all of th [...]

  7. Carol Storm

    Makes a lot of important points, but I could do without the holier than thou attitude and the constant undercurrent of hysteria Oh, and this guy name drops the wild animals he runs into in the woods the way Donald Trump name drops the lingerie models he slept with in the Eighties.

  8. Camille

    This book holds a lot of truth and McKibben s argument is convincing and strong, and thus it may be the most depressing book I ve ever read.

  9. Jonathan

    This book was a let down I know that Mckiben is an important thinker and leader when it comes to getting folks to acknowledge climate change and in moving folks to attempt to take action to address the causes of climate change I am not sure what I would have thought about it had I read it twenty years ago, but reading it today, while I found the descriptions of the problems of climate change and certainly the idea of an end of nature compelling, I found McKibbin s construction of the ways we mig [...]

  10. Ian Robertson

    Bill McKibben has become a force in the environmental movement through his writing and his leadership at the climate change advocacy and activism organization 350 His first book, The End of Nature, is an important call to action to combat climate change, and a natural successor to Rachel Carson s seminal book, Silent Spring, which focused narrowly on the impact of pesticides on the environment McKibben s book is, given the additional twenty years of environmental impact studies and the emerging [...]

  11. Jack

    This long essay asks two questions What would our lives be like if nature were not bigger than us And what would it be like to imagine ourselves smaller The first question which takes up the first half of the book is fascinating McKibben argues that a core part of what Nature does for us is let us know that the world has rhythms, predicability That there is beauty out there that transcends us It gives us a sense that there is something than us out there He has a very nice section where he ackno [...]

  12. AJ

    This book was okay McKibben s main thesis is that humans have done such a grand job dominating nature that it is no longer natural Thanks to climate change, our weather is no longer due to nature, it s due to human activity, which is why the book is titled The End of Nature.I think that Michael Pollan offers an interesting counter argument to this idea in Second Nature A Gardener s Education, where he asks, what is nature when man has been playing around with it for so long Is man truly disconne [...]

  13. Andrei Taylor

    The end of nature is a enviromental awareness novel about the end of nature as we understand it We have ended nature through our need for growth.Bill shows that it is not nature itself that is ending but rather the nature that has been blossoming for years Through genetic engineering we may be able to save our world, but this created world will lack the beauty of the old world We will have trees and plants but these genetically modified versions of our trees and plants will not do justice to the [...]

  14. Michael

    Written in the late 80 s, this is a disturbing book to read as we approach the second decade of the 21st century Disturbing because so little of our dialogue about climate change has progressed beyond what was being discussed two decades ago Doubly so because McKibbin s nightmare, that we might delay action for 20 or years, is precisely the course we have chosen, and the consequences are sure to be all the dire because of it.Much of this book is dated now The science, for certain An Inconvenie [...]

  15. Maureen

    Bill McKibben is than a science writer he is a poet His descriptions of forests ravaged by acid rain are deeply moving now than when this book was written ten years ago He issued a clarion call that was taken up by many people, but still we are struggling with the issues presented in this book If you have not read any of McKibben s other works, this is the place to start.

  16. Beth

    I gave this book a quick re read after initially reading it for academic purposes years ago and being put off by the doomsday approach of McKibben Even though I agree with McKibben in general, I don t like this book It offers nothing but commentary It leaves the human species out of the equation Instead of motivating one to action, it takes the winds out of the sails.

  17. Jeremy

    The thesis is clear and probably true Human beings are now causing so many changes in the world that we cannot think of nature as an independent force that acts on us In other words, nature is now partially man made Parts of the book were moving, but there s better stuff around.

  18. Laura Callanan

    This book is part plea and part funeral dirge But it articulates quite clearly the state of our current environmental crisis as envisioned 39 years ago The decisions we have to make are still the one he articulates in the final chapters It is well worth the read.

  19. Richard Reese

    Long, long ago, in scorching hot 1988, Bill McKibben was busy writing The End of Nature, a book that cranked up the global warming warning sirens It was the first climate change book written for non scientists, and it was a smash hit It makes an eloquent effort to convince those entranced by the dominant culture to radically change their thinking and lifestyles, this week if possible, because the biosphere is damaged than we think It s about living with great care, fully present in reality, and [...]

  20. Finn

    This is a book that id long on questions but disappointingly short on answers It is nearly impossible to take away any message other than that there are perhaps no good answers to our environmental dilemma, and that the only possible outcome is whichever one occurs McKibben s heart tells him that we must give up our dominion over nature if we are to succeed, that we must cease enslaving the Earth lest she rise up and swallow us alive His gut, though, tells him that we won t he himself does not w [...]

  21. Ingrid

    I often found instances that fulfill the predictions and warnings from the 80s during the time this book was written Bill McKibben warns us of the dangers of living unsustainably through our continued reliance on fossil fuels He describes the difficulties we face and acknowledges the challenges we have Nature has ended through mans actions It now requires human intervention and ingenuity to stabilize nature in order to provide a world for our children that we knew during our lifetime Can we make [...]

  22. Christopher

    While I appreciate the importance of this book in the climate movement, I simply couldn t make myself slog all the way through it to completion I read about 3 4 of it and decided to cut my losses McKibben s writing to me feels like it s fueled by speed Important subject matter vast knowledge of the ecological crisis great work in environmental activism I guess I just don t care for his writing style

  23. Thomas Poston

    Beautiful, if imperfect, and terribly sad to read decades post publication, when so many of its prophecies have come to fruition.

  24. Kelsey Breseman

    Interesting, romantic, and theologically based in parts I liked some of it the first chapter creates a better sense of scale than any others I ve read I prefer it even over The Sixth Extinction Other pieces were so philosophical that they lost me and might detract from the compelling painting elsewhere in the book.This isn t really a book about science It s a book about the relationship between humans and nature, with global warming as the setting.

  25. Kenny

    McKibben s purpose in writing his book, The End of Nature, is to warn his audience by showing the pollutions and any other things humans do to have an impact on nature The End of Nature offers great information on the elements of nature that readers can follow along to see if they change their minds on their decisions in life It makes the reader think twice about the things they do, and they may not see the world the same again The End of Nature is an enlightening book It makes the reader wish t [...]

  26. Jessica

    Firstly, I have to remark that I am an admirer of McKibben and his environmentalist work, particularly his participation as of late in stopping the Keystone XL pipeline And the End of Nature does have some useful information and thought provoking moments I stand by and relate to McKibben s discussion of the inevitable hypocrisy of any modern day environmentalist, the urgency of global warming, the disturbing possibilities that bio engineering makes possible, the unfortunate dilemma of whether or [...]

  27. Katie

    I ve been thinking about this book for the week since I finished it Initially it pissed me off It s the kind of book that an environmentalist finds depressingly fatalistic I was frustrated, angry, demoralized, downtrodden This book is about the past and present state of the environment It was written in 1989, but may as well have been written in 2009 Its vision of the future is speculative, at best, and relevant only as it elaborates on McKibben s ideas of the present.My problem with this book i [...]

  28. Matthew Ciarvella

    There are comprehensive books about climate change out there There are books with facts and models and hard science There are scarier books, too, with dire predictions about what will happen It might seem hard to imagine what this little book s niche actually is, its role in the ecologist s reading canon, until you remember that it was written in 1989 It was written years before an Inconvenient Truth, years before Gore, years before Bush dismantled the Kyoto Protocol, and years before the age [...]

  29. Joan

    Today I answered a comment on a group I belong to asking if there is any real point in trying to prevent climate change, and suppose it is too late and we are still fighting to keep it from happening I reminded the person of what was left in Pandora s box hope and that even if it is too late, driving a Prius Volt or carrying recyclable grocery bags to the store isn t going to hurt anything I also said I want to be able to at least tell my theoretical grandkid that I tried my best to keep it from [...]

  30. Chris Trevino

    This is summation than opinion.Nature has ended insomuch as humans long standing relationship with nature has forever changed No longer are we amidst a larger presence Humankind has become larger than nature and our actions now no longer just affect a locality, but the entire globe Nature, as a concept of being wild, untamed and a pure state of being uninfluenced by man does not exist any and may never exist again McKibben continually points to global warming through our insatiable desire for [...]

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