click image to enlarge

The Once and Future World

Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Random House of Canada
 | 
August, 2014
ISBN:
9780307362193
In stock now: 
0
We are currently out of stock of this item. You can purchase it now. It is one of these 3:

  • A regular stock item, already on order
  • A "special order only" item, which we can order in for you. For these, please expect a delay of up to 3 weeks in addition to our normal delivery times.
  • A forthcoming title (note publication date above)

Contact us:
Phone us: (from Vancouver area) 604-732-7912
(from elsewhere in Canada or U.S.) 1-800-663-8442
Email us: thefolks@banyen.com
$21.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From one of Canada's most exciting writers and ecological thinkers (and co-author of The 100-Mile Diet), The Once and Future World will change the way we see nature and show that in restoring the living world, we are also restoring ourselves.

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 rewilding” in which we not only protect the last, best wild places but also rebuild a wilderness everywhere, from the city to the backcountry. In so doing, we will give rise to a richer and more awe-filled environment that allows us to reconnect not only with nature but also with our truest human nature, thereby restoring ourselves. 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, and it is its beauty, not its emptiness, that should inspire us to seek more nature in our lives.

“MacKinnon is an eloquent guide through landscapes wild and tame. He takes the reader backwards through evolutionary time and forward into a delicate and unknown future. I devoured this book in a day and closed its covers marveling at our planet’s incredible abundance. Natural history at its best.” —Charlotte Gill, author of Eating Dirt

Publisher’s Description: 

A finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction, from one of Canada's most exciting writers and ecological thinkers, The Once and Future World will change the way we see nature and show that in restoring the living world, we are also restoring ourselves.
In 3 beautifully drawn parts, The Once and Future World revisits a globe exuberant with life, where lions roamed North America and 10 times more whales swam 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 rewilding," in which we not only protect the last, best wild places but also rebuild a wilder world everywhere from the city to the backcountry. In so doing, we will give rise to a richer and more awe-filled world that allows us to reconnect not only with nature but with our truest human nature.

Community Reviews

Login or Register to post a review