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Author Outwater, Alice, 1959- author.

Title Wild at heart : America's turbulent relationship with nature, from exploitation to redemption / Alice Outwater.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, [2019]
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  304.280973 OUT    AVAILABLE
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Description viii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents Nature and Native America -- Nature as sublime -- Nature and health -- Collecting nature -- Selling nature -- Erasing nature -- Conserving nature -- Nature in the city -- Rearranging nature -- Poisoning nature -- Protecting nature -- Embracing nature-thinking globally, acting locally.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- United States -- History.
Human ecology -- United States -- History.
Environmentalism -- United States -- History.
Conservation of natural resources -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9781250085788 (hardcover)
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