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Writing a New Environmental Era: Moving forward to nature

Writing a New Environmental Era: Moving forward to nature
 

Writing a New Environmental Era first considers and then rejects back-to-nature thinking and its proponents like Henry David Thoreau, arguing that human beings have never lived at peace with nature. Consequently, we need to stop thinking about going back to what never was and ins... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780367143787
Barcode 9780367143787
Release Date 26 November 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Hiltner, Ken
Series Routledge Environmental Humanities
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ISBN-13 9780367143787
ISBN-10 036714378X
Stock Release date is 26 November 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Release Date 26 November 2019
International Release Date 5 November 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hiltner, Ken
Series Routledge Environmental Humanities
Category Literary Studies: General
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code Not specified
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Writing a New Environmental Era first considers and then rejects back-to-nature thinking and its proponents like Henry David Thoreau, arguing that human beings have never lived at peace with nature. Consequently, we need to stop thinking about going back to what never was and instead work at moving forward to forge a more harmonious relationship with nature in the future. Using the rise of the automobile and climate change denial literature to explore how our current environmental era was written into existence, Ken Hiltner argues that the humanities - and not, as might be expected, the sciences - need to lead us there. In one sense, climate change is caused by a rise in atmospheric CO2 and other so-called greenhouse gases. Science can address this cause. However, approached in another way altogether, climate change is caused by a range of troubling human activities that require the release of these gases, such as our obsessions with cars, lavish houses, air travel and endless consumer goods. The natural sciences may be able to tell us how these activities are changing our climate, but not why we are engaging in them. That's a job for the humanities and social sciences. As this book argues, we need to see anthropogenic (i.e. human-caused) climate change for what it is and address it as such: a human problem brought about by human actions. A passionate and personal exploration of why the Environmental Humanities matter and why we should be looking forward, not back to nature, this book will be essential reading for all those interested in the future and sustainability of our planet.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Hiltner agrees that humanities scholars need to use skills we have honed over decades for critical thinking and social responsibility to contribute to writing forward to nature , in a way that will mitigate the disaster that's waiting. Hiltner has provided a model for others to follow. This is an important book, lucidly written, showing clear thinking; it's a must-read, and should be widely disseminated. E. Ann Kaplan, Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University At once visionary and pragmatic, this eye-opening book argues for an applied humanities : science-informed, tech-savvy, and fully equipped to write the greenest possible future into being. Using his own experiment -- the Nearly Carbon Neutral conference -- as a test case, Ken Hiltner shows that climate action is the work of every humanities scholar. Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University In this engaging and tightly argued book, environmental humanities scholar Ken Hiltner shows that the solution to our present environmental crises is not a return to some pristine and harmonious natural world. Thoreau's famous retreat on Walden Pond, Hiltner reminds us, was only a short journey away from the textile mills of Lowell. If the pastoral idyll was never more than a convenient fiction, today we face an urgent imperative, as Hiltener puts it, to move forward to nature. The environmental humanities can play a key role in this movement, Hiltner suggests, inasmuch as they can help us write the future into being. Blending personal memoir, whip-smart literary criticism, and some extremely forward-thinking suggestions about how to green academia, Hiltner's book models what committed scholarship for our perilous times looks like. Ashley Dawson, Professor of English, The Graduate Center & College of Staten Island, The City University of New York A provocative exploration of how we understand humanity's relationship with nature and a call to write our way not to a romanticized Edenic past, but to a truly sustainable future. Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute

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Author's Bio

Ken Hiltner is a professor of the environmental humanities at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). The Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative, Hiltner has appointments in the English and Environmental Studies Departments.

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