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Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife (For the Wild Things) Paperback – May 1, 2011
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The book's Foreword was penned by the venerated 19th century English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill, who wrote presciently and wisely in 1848 that: "Nor is there much satisfaction in contemplating the world with nothing left to the spontaneous activity of nature; with every rood of land brought into cultivation, which is capable of growing food for human beings; every flowery waste or natural pasture plowed up, all quadrupeds or birds which are not domesticated for man's use exterminated as his rivals for food..."
This Foreword shows that there is a long tradition of dissidents and freethinkers pondering limits to growth and biospheric usurpation, as well as the importance of the other species with which we share the Earth.Read more ›
Who answers the tough questions about what's happening in the Sudan today? War. Famine. It all leads back to the very question no leader seems to have an answer for: What does massive overpopulation have to do with the problems every country faces today?
Man Swarm asks the hard questions which need answering. And fast. The Earth is not infinite. Yet population is not even a talking point in mainstream environmental groups. Technology will not save us. Yet we produce more junk every day at the expense of lives somewhere on Earth. And, if anyone cares about other forms of life on Earth, wilderness and wildlife are now at the end of their rope. Something must give. Man Swarm says it's us. And looking at the simple facts, I agree.
Sadly, its circulation will be small. Unfortunately, its primary intended audience (e.g. world leaders who have the power to put policies in place to help alleviate planetary stresses) are largely deaf to taking the decisive, extensive, cumulative actions which will stop the impending pace of planetary plunder. A decendent of Fairfield Osborn's fateful book, "Our Plundered Planet", this book will enlighten and frighten any thoughtful reader.
Will the wake up prose of this and so many other qualified books of this genre be heeded? Not likely to the extent needed.
He addresses the seven wounds inflicted on Earth's creatures. We can and must change our poisoning, cutting, scraping and destroying animal habitat. We must understand animal carrying capacity. We must understand our own predicament. Foreman clearly shows us that we stand nostril-deep in trouble in 2012. If we continue, it will worsen beyond repair. As Dr. Albert Bartlett said, "Extinction is forever."
Foreman brings up the moral and ethical question: does humanity have the right to wholesale slaughter of much of the rest of the animal kingdom? What rights do humans have for such endless killing? At what point does our spiritual connection to the Earth die with the deaths of our fellow travelers.
This book needs to be read by every world leader. It needs to be read by every US senator, House Rep, Governor and school principal. It needs to be read by all citizens who care about the future of America and this planet. If we fail to change course, Mother Nature will enact her own solutions and none of us will like them.Read more ›
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Not terribly original. Foreman synthesizes the wisdom of the great ecologists from Malthus to Catton to Hardin and Dilworth, but he does it in a very accessible and gripping way... Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by acerbas
Foreman writes a fantastic book on the issue of increased numbers of people(80 million a year worldwide) crowding out wildlands and wildlife. Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by Kitchen King