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Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife (For the Wild Things) Paperback – May 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: For the Wild Things
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Ravens Eye Press LLC (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981658474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981658476
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Leon J. Kolankiewicz on August 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
In this important book, veteran arch-conservationist Dave Foreman (founder of Earth First!, the Wildlands Project, and the Rewilding Institute) takes aim at the still-detonating human population explosion and the implosion of wildlife abundance and diversity it is causing, both in North America and globally. Foreman also takes to task those clueless or timid environmentalists and assorted cornucopians and flat-earthers on the left and right who continue to deny that there is a population problem at all. Finally, he lays out the difficult but doable steps that conservationists must take if wildlife and biodiversity are to survive the cruel Anthropocene Epoch, or Age of Man. At the rate we're going, in less than a century, this Age might have to be renamed the "Age of Man, and Only Man" because only our species and a few lucky "fellow travelers" like cats, cockroaches, and crows will survive.

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.
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Dave Foreman lays the core problem facing wilderness, wildlife, and the future of humans, right at our feet with no apologies. Almost anyone's first instinct will be to rail against the facts presented in this work. Simply out of frustration and sadness over the fact that we humans, alone, have presided over the greatest mass extinction of life on Earth since dinosaurs disappeared. How did we get here? And how, if at all, can we stop our sprint past the carrying capacity of the planet? And where does all other life on Earth fit into our self-centered, locust-like gobbling up of every resource on Earth?

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.
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We are treated in this excellent book to a comprehensive and extensive review of the literature of ecology, environment, and the prospects of our planet for future comity and surviorship.

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.
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This book will prove one of the most poignant calls for human population stabilization yet written. It's breath-taking in its sweep and compelling to the point of humanity's spiritual death. I couldn't put the book down. I have explored the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic--and I have seen firsthand what Foreman shows us in the pages of his book. Humanity stands at a cross roads: either stabilize human numbers or kill off much of the other "earthlings" on the planet in the shape of fins, claws, hooves, feathers, shells and fur.

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.
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