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The natural world is rapidly diminishing. Traditions and cultures are dying out. Extinction has denied many human groups and languages a future and it now threatens the ways of life of the affluent. In his powerful new book, Jules Pretty takes us on a personal journey to show us why we should look again at those who still live close to nature, the land and sea. The lessons these disappearing communities have to teach us may well be ones that we later come to rely on.
Travelling from New Zealand to the USA via countries that include China, Finland, the UK and Canada, Jules Pretty crosses deserts, mountains, steppes, marshes and farmland in order to discover life and change in twelve different environments and cultures across the globe. Immersing himself in the lives of the communities he meets, he discovers people proud of their relationships with the land and sea and only willing to join the modern world on their own terms.
Woven into the pages of this fascinating and thought-provoking book is the overriding problem of sustainability and the survival of our planet. To survive, we must reconnect with the land and find new greener ways of working, living and experiencing the world. Moral teaching and wisdom about the environment will be needed. The communities we meet in The Edge of Extinction may be the ones to provide just that and, as such, their endurance is critical.
Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex. Jules is s a Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, former Deputy-Chair of the government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE), and has served on advisory committees for a number of government departments and the Royal Society. He received an OBE from the UK government in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture.
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