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Author Washington, Haydn

Title Human Dependence on Nature : How to Help Solve the Environmental Crisis
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012


Description 1 online resource (185 pages)
Contents Cover; Human Dependence on Nature; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Figures; Foreword by Professor Paul R. Ehrlich; Understanding our roots; Note; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1: Energy is life; Productivity and food webs; Keystone species; Diversity, stability, resilience and ecosystem services; How much is humanity's fair share?; 2: The great cycles; The water cycle; The nitrogen cycle; The sulphur cycle; The phosphorus cycle; The carbon cycle; 3: Ecosystem services -- essential but overlooked; Ecosystem services listed by Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Ecosystem Services and 'TEEB'State of play of ecosystem services; Valuing ecosystem services; 4: Collapse; Examples of ecosystem collapse; Eutrophication; Species introduction; Change in dominant species in coral ecosystems; Regional climate change; Unsustainable bushmeat trade; Loss of keystone species; Causes of ecosystem collapse; Holding off collapse; 5: Psychological, cultural and spiritual dependence on Nature; Social, educational, recreational and cultural values; Spiritual and psychological values; The transformative power of wild Nature; A sense of wonder
Anti-spirituality in Western cultureConclusion; 6: The great divide -- anthropocentrism vs ecocentrism; Anthropocentrism; Ideologies -- modernism; Intrinsic value and the revolt against modernism; Ideologies -- postmodernism; Questioning reality and 'Nature scepticism'; Anthropocentrism continues in society and academia; How do we bridge the great divide?; 7 Dealing with denial; Scepticism vs denial; Denial is common; The history of denial; Ideological basis for denial; Psychological types of denial; Ways we let denial prosper; Fear of change; Failure in values; Fixation on economics and society
Ignorance of ecology and exponential growthGambling on the future; The media; Conclusion; 8: Do we have a problem?; Ecocide?; But is it really a problem?; Crisis or catastrophe?; A deeper problem?; Conclusion; 9: Solutions to keep our roots in the Earth; Scale of the problem; Worldview, ethics, values and ideologies; The growth economy and consumerism; Population; Reducing poverty; Education and communication; Ecological sustainability -- the key focus; Technology -- a renewable future; The politics of it all!; The 'Great Work'; Conclusion -- regrowing our roots in the Earth; References; Index
Summary Humanity is dependent on Nature to survive, yet our society largely acts as if this is not the case. The energy that powers our very cells, the nutrients that make up our bodies, the ecosystem services that clean our water and air; these are all provided by the Nature from which we have evolved and of which we are a part. This book examines why we deny or ignore this dependence and what we can do differently to help solve the environmental crisis. Written in an accessible and engaging style, Haydn Washington provides an excellent overview of humanity's relationship with Nature. The book looks
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Human ecology.
Dependency (Psychology) -- Social aspects
Environmental degradation.
Environmental protection.
Environmental responsibility.
Climatic changes
Climatic changes -- Social aspects
human ecology.
environmental protection.
climate change.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Human Geography.
Climatic changes
Climatic changes -- Social aspects
Dependency (Psychology) -- Social aspects
Environmental degradation
Environmental protection
Environmental responsibility
Human ecology
Nature -- Effect of human beings on
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781136214608