By Curt Meine
The final fifteen years were a interval of dramatic switch, either on the planet at huge and in the fields of ecology and conservation. the top of the chilly struggle, the dot-com growth and bust, the globalizing economic climate, and the assaults of September eleven, between different occasions and developments, have reshaped our worldview and the political surroundings within which we discover ourselves. whilst, rising wisdom, wishes, and possibilities have ended in a speedy evolution in our knowing of the clinical foundations and social context of conservation.Correction strains is a brand new choice of essays from one among our so much considerate and eloquent writers on conservation, placing those fresh alterations into standpoint and exploring the questions they elevate in regards to the previous, current, and way forward for the conservation stream. The essays discover interrelated topics: the connection among organic and social dimensions; the old rigidity among utilitarian and preservationist ways; the mixing of assorted cultural views; the long-lasting legacy of Aldo Leopold; the contrasts and continuities among conservation and environmentalism; the significance of political reform; and the necessity to "retool" conservation to handle twentyfirst-century realities.Collectively the essays assert that we have got reached a severe juncture in conservation-a "correction line" of varieties. Correction strains argues that we'd like a extra coherent and complete account of the previous if we're to appreciate our current situations and movement ahead below extraordinary conditions.Meine brings jointly a deep experience of background with strong language and compelling imagery, yielding new insights into the origins and improvement of latest conservation. Correction traces can help us imagine extra in actual fact in regards to the forces that experience replaced, and are altering, conservation, and encourage us to deal with present realities and destiny wishes.
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Extra resources for Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation
As philosopher Baird Callicott writes, ecology was revealing the natural world as “more than a collection of externally-related useful, useless, and noxious species arrayed upon an elemental landscape of soils and waters. ”50 The workings of human society, it followed, could not be understood apart from its geographical and evolutionary background and its ecological foundations. Writing in , Leopold suggested that “civilization is not, as [the historians of its progress] often assume, the enslavement of a stable and constant earth.
A new school of thought, however, had begun to emerge, focused on protecting and restoring habitat so that populations of native species could sustain themselves. 33 By applying concepts from the emerging science of ecology to the conservation of wild animal populations and their habitats, Leopold’s work revolutionized the field, with repercussions that would extend far beyond the management of game species. 34 Under the energetic leadership of Jay N.
Concepts that had hovered around the margins of resource management—sustainability, ecological health, ecosystem management, environmental justice, comanagement, community-based conservation—moved closer to the core of the discussion. The social sciences and humanities reentered that discussion as ecological economics, environmental history, and environmental ethics became established fields of study.