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As clear a picture of humanity's impact on earth's natural environment as any ever written. --E. O. Wilson (from the Introduction) An urgent, resounding call to protect 50 percent of the earth's land by 2050--thereby saving millions of its species--and a candid assessment of the health of our planet and our role in conserving it, from the award-winning author of The Experi As clear a picture of humanity's impact on earth's natural environment as any ever written. --E. O. Wilson (from the Introduction) An urgent, resounding call to protect 50 percent of the earth's land by 2050--thereby saving millions of its species--and a candid assessment of the health of our planet and our role in conserving it, from the award-winning author of The Experience of Place and veteran New Yorker staff writer. Beginning in the vast North American Boreal Forest that stretches through Canada, and roving across the continent, from the Northern Sierra to Alabama's Paint Rock Forest, from the Appalachian Trail to a ranch in Mexico, Tony Hiss sets out on a journey to take stock of the superorganism that is the earth: its land, its elements, its plants and animals, its greatest threats--and what we can do to keep it, and ourselves, alive. Hiss not only invites us to understand the scope and gravity of the problems we face, but also makes the case for why protecting half the land is the way to fix those problems. He highlights the important work of the many groups already involved in this fight, such as the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and the global animal tracking project ICARUS. And he introduces us to the engineers, geologists, biologists, botanists, oceanographers, ecologists, and other Half Earthers like Hiss himself who are allied in their dedication to the unifying, essential cause of saving our own planet from ourselves. Tender, impassioned, curious, and above all else inspiring, Rescuing the Planet is a work that promises to make all of us better citizens of the earth.


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As clear a picture of humanity's impact on earth's natural environment as any ever written. --E. O. Wilson (from the Introduction) An urgent, resounding call to protect 50 percent of the earth's land by 2050--thereby saving millions of its species--and a candid assessment of the health of our planet and our role in conserving it, from the award-winning author of The Experi As clear a picture of humanity's impact on earth's natural environment as any ever written. --E. O. Wilson (from the Introduction) An urgent, resounding call to protect 50 percent of the earth's land by 2050--thereby saving millions of its species--and a candid assessment of the health of our planet and our role in conserving it, from the award-winning author of The Experience of Place and veteran New Yorker staff writer. Beginning in the vast North American Boreal Forest that stretches through Canada, and roving across the continent, from the Northern Sierra to Alabama's Paint Rock Forest, from the Appalachian Trail to a ranch in Mexico, Tony Hiss sets out on a journey to take stock of the superorganism that is the earth: its land, its elements, its plants and animals, its greatest threats--and what we can do to keep it, and ourselves, alive. Hiss not only invites us to understand the scope and gravity of the problems we face, but also makes the case for why protecting half the land is the way to fix those problems. He highlights the important work of the many groups already involved in this fight, such as the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and the global animal tracking project ICARUS. And he introduces us to the engineers, geologists, biologists, botanists, oceanographers, ecologists, and other Half Earthers like Hiss himself who are allied in their dedication to the unifying, essential cause of saving our own planet from ourselves. Tender, impassioned, curious, and above all else inspiring, Rescuing the Planet is a work that promises to make all of us better citizens of the earth.

33 review for Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan Tunis

    No one has ever accused me of being "outdoorsy". But if you can read a book like Rescuing the Planet and not fully appreciate the beauty and fragility of our home--and NOT want to protect it--well, there's something wrong with you. Tony Hiss's book deals equally with the human world and the natural world. He writes about nature evocatively, but he keeps things realistic when discussing what humans are likely to be willing and able to do to change the destructive course we're on. Along the way, t No one has ever accused me of being "outdoorsy". But if you can read a book like Rescuing the Planet and not fully appreciate the beauty and fragility of our home--and NOT want to protect it--well, there's something wrong with you. Tony Hiss's book deals equally with the human world and the natural world. He writes about nature evocatively, but he keeps things realistic when discussing what humans are likely to be willing and able to do to change the destructive course we're on. Along the way, there are fascinating discussions of, for instance, the evolution of technology in the tracking of animal populations. I didn't know anything about the creation of the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and other major wild areas on this continent, and the major role that citizen volunteers had in making them a reality. There are also tales of people in positions of wealth, power, or authority working altruistically for the betterment of all. There's always plenty of depressing stuff in books like this to make anyone want to do better for the environment, but this is one of the few books that also made me feel inspired and uplifted.

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    Larissa

    Really dry, but very important.

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