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Ethics for a Full World: Or, Can Animal-lovers Save the World? Paperback – June 15, 2017
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A cure for narrow-mindedness, this provocative book should be required reading for politicians - and those who vote for them. --Brian Czech, President, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, author of Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads
A fine, concise book which should enlarge the discussion on what in my view is the most important need of humanity, an Ethics for a Full World --Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus and President of the Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
One of the shortest, sharpest, clearest and most compelling descriptions of the causes and cures of our environmental bankruptcy that I have ever read. --Lloyd Timberlake, author of Environmental Politics for the 21st Century;
About the Author
Tormod V. Burkey, PhD, studied ecology and conservation biology at Princeton. He is a biodiversity specialist, conservation scientist and environmental activist, as well as a birder, diver, sea kayaker, and sailor. Tormod loves animals with a vengeance and longs to experience wildlife untrammeled by habitat degradation and predation. He has struggled since childhood with the difficulties of saving endangered species, the natural world, and the beautiful places on Earth from human ignorance and greed. He lives in a cabin in Norway on the banks of the Glomma River with Kitty, a cat, and writes for publications and media outlets.
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I especially recommend it for students. Instructors in environmental sciences would benefit their classes and students to make this required reading. It is the best synthesis of the ultimate causes of our problems that I have read. So much of the literature focuses on small issues or proximate causes-- like trade in animals/ivory poaching, or even increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Burkey's book is a crisp examination of the common underlying causes to many such problems. He also pays much more attention to the issue of tipping points and the irreversible outcomes when tipped than most current environmentalists. Indeed, I could even see this as great material for a philosophy course where you can show how philosophy, what some might consider a purely abstract discipline, profoundly impinges not only our lives, but that of all life on Earth. [Note that "saving the world" in the title is shorthand for finding and implementing solutions to complicated problems.]
This is also a great book for people concerned about the ethical treatment of animals, be it your pets, livestock or sport-hunting. The book makes a strong link between how we treat other species and our own futures without being a lecture or reprimand. This helped me re-examine some of my own assumptions. If you care about other species, this book can help you explain to others why they matter.
The writing is not technical. It reads well, like being in a conversation with a well-read environmentalist/philosopher. Many details are segregated into extensive footnotes, so readers can enjoy the 150 pages as a logical progression. Or flip to the 30 pages of footnotes for more detail. I'd recommend reading it at least twice, first through without consulting the footnotes. The text is generously peppered with quotations from many authors that help build the larger context to ethics and philosophy. It ties together Schopenhauer to Edward Abbey in a larger "argument" for change I found the most refreshing thing I've read in the field for a long time.
I met Dr. Burkey in Papua New Guinea where he worked with terrestrial systems, endangered wildlife, and nature reserve design, and we were able to experience birds and marine life in beautiful, uncorrupted habitats. I also recommend reading his blog called thorshammer (blogspot uk), which over the years has also informed me and encouraged me to spend more time in nature and act according to my environmental values. Tormod asks: what do we really care about?
Buy the book and then another for a colleague, family member, or friend. I bought a second copy for my father, who very much enjoyed the book's discussions about ethical treatment and love of animal species vis-vis greed, self-importance, and outlandishness of humans as a species.
Ethics For A Full World suggests cultural changes and actions it would require to hold off, contain, or reverse this irreversible undoing once it occurs. Is it still possible? Is it still possible that children will grow up breathing clean air, drinking toxin-free water and not go hungry? Dr. Burkey thinks that, together, we may be able to save the world. He thinks that each one of us can play an important and vital role in preserving our planet Earth. As a reader, I believe that each one of us can be that hero by adopting Tormod Burkey's Ethics For A Full World.
The book is well-written and captivating for scientists and non-scientists alike. I highly recommend it.