The End of Nature
For centuries, humankind has taken nature for granted, treating it as invincible and as a wilderness apart from man. This text argues that if the world is to survive, we have to rethink this relationship.
One of the earliest warnings about climate change and one of environmentalism’s lodestars
‘Nature, we believe, takes forever. It moves with infinite slowness,’ begins the first book to bring climate change to public attention.
Interweaving lyrical observations from his life in the Adirondack Mountains with insights from the emerging science, Bill McKibben sets out the central developments not only of the environmental crisis now facing us but also the terms of our response, from policy to the fundamental, philosophical shift in our relationship with the natural world which, he argues, could save us. A moving elegy to nature in its pristine, pre-human wildness, The End of Nature is both a milestone in environmental thought, indispensable to understanding how we arrived here.