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The Once and Future World: Nature As It Is, As It Could Be : Mackinnon : New *ZB

The Once and Future World: Nature As It Is, As It Could Be : Mackinnon : New *ZB

$11.65
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780307362193

The Once and Future World began in the moment J.B. MacKinnon realized the grassland he grew up on was not the pristine wilderness he had always believed it to be. Instead, his home prairie was the outcome of a long history of transformation, from the disappearance of the grizzly bear to the introduction of cattle. What remains today is an illusion of the wild--an illusion that has in many ways created our world.
 
In 3 beautifully drawn parts, MacKinnon revisits a globe exuberant with life, where lions roam North America and 20 times more whales swim in the sea. He traces how humans destroyed that reality, out of rapaciousness, yes, but also through a great forgetting. Finally, he calls for an "age of restoration," not only to revisit that richer and more awe-filled world, but to reconnect with our truest human nature. MacKinnon never fails to remind us that nature is a menagerie of marvels. Here are fish that pass down the wisdom of elders, landscapes still shaped by "ecological ghosts," a tortoise that is slowly remaking prehistory. "It remains a beautiful world," MacKinnon writes, "and it is its beauty, not its emptiness, that should inspire us to seek more nature in our lives."

*This title is currently stocked in our Canadian facility. It will be shipped from the US but cross-border delivery may take a little longer as we ship via USPS in Michigan twice weekly.