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Beyond The Secret Elephants - On Mystery, Elephants And Discovery (Paperback): Gareth Patterson Beyond The Secret Elephants - On Mystery, Elephants And Discovery (Paperback)
Gareth Patterson
R270 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R54 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Beyond The Secret Elephants is the continuing story of Gareth Patterson’s almost two decades of research into the secretive Knysna elephants. Significantly, however, it also reveals his startling discovery of a much more mysterious being than the elephants – a relict hominoid known to the indigenous forest people as the Otang.

Gareth had long heard about the existence of the otang from the local people but he mentioned it only briefly in The Secret Elephants, focusing instead on his rediscovery of the Knysna elephants and their survival against the odds. He was reluctant to blur the story of the elephants with his findings about the otang. That is, until now. The possible existence of relict hominoids is today gaining momentum worldwide with ongoing research into Bigfoot in North America, the Yeti in the Himalayas and the Orang Pendek in Sumatra. Eminent conservationists and scientists – among them Dr Jane Goodall, Dr George Schaller and Professor Jeff Meldrum – have publicly stated that they are open-minded about the possible existence of these cryptid beings.

In the course of his unannounced research into the otang Gareth heard many accounts – mostly spontaneous and unprompted – of otang sightings by others in the area over a number of years. These accounts, documented in the book, are astonishingly consistent both in the descriptions of the otang and in the shocked reactions of the individuals who saw them.

Gareth Patterson’s work supports the increasing realisation that humankind still has much to learn about the natural world and the mysteries it holds. The possibility that we may be sharing our world with other as yet unidentified hominoids is today being viewed as something that should not be discounted. And as humankind, we need to reassess our role and our responsibility towards all forms of life that coexist with us on planet Earth.

Beat About The Bush - The Comprehensive Guide (Paperback): Trevor Carnaby Beat About The Bush - The Comprehensive Guide (Paperback)
Trevor Carnaby 2
R465 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R67 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Beat About The Bush is a series of remarkable books for outdoor and nature lovers. This comprehensive guide has been expanded to include not only mammals, birds and reptiles, but amphibians, invertebrates, plants, field signs and clues as well.

The information is portrayed in the same detailed yet user-friendly, question-and-answer format.

Have you ever wondered ...

• why birds often fly in formation
• why hornbills call with their wings open
• why cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds’ nests
• and how long crocodiles can stay under water with one breath?

Interesting information on the plants these animals depend on is also included, as are the most interesting aspects of climate/weather, geology, astronomy and bush management practices.

Trevor Carnaby has been working as a professional field guide for the last 20 years. Passionate about Africa, he is actively involved in guide training and spends a great deal of time photographing Southern and East Africa’s wildlife, people and landscapes, while leading tailored, privately guided safaris through his company, Beat about the Bush Safaris.

Green Is Not A Colour - Environmental Issues Every Generation Needs To Know (Paperback): Devan Valenti, Simon Atlas Green Is Not A Colour - Environmental Issues Every Generation Needs To Know (Paperback)
Devan Valenti, Simon Atlas 3
R390 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R55 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

It is predicted that we will lose all of our commercial fish species by 2048. Within the next 60 years all of our planets topsoil is expected to perish. How did we come to this? What are the forces at play that have led us on such a destructive and unsustainable path? Why has the environmental movement taken so long to gain necessary traction?

The answers to these important questions have surprisingly been difficult to find. Very few resources provide the necessary exploration of the broad range of environmental challenges that face our world, nor the solutions to these overwhelming obstacles. Our unstainable methods of consumption have reached an all-time high, and our planet is suffering a great deal as a result. The driving forces behind these high levels of consumption – population growth and increased demand- are leading us into an uncertain future. It is now clear that drastic transformation is needed. It was the unintended consequences of innovation that led us into this situation. But as it stands, innovation will be the primary key to leading us out of it.

Green Is Not A Colour sets the bar straight. By cutting to the very root of the problems we face, we are able to see how the environmental crisis is inextricably linked to every aspect of our lives. By identifying the opportunities- both readily available and in development-that provide the solutions to these problems, the book reveals how human ingenuity will prove to be a powerful tool in steering us onto a sustainable path.

What If We Stopped Pretending? (Hardcover): Jonathan Franzen What If We Stopped Pretending? (Hardcover)
Jonathan Franzen
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The climate crisis is here. Our chance to stop it has come and gone, but this doesn't have to mean the world is ending. 'Today, the scientific evidence verges on irrefutable. If you're younger than sixty, you have a good chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on earth-massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies, epic flooding, hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If you're under thirty, you're all but guaranteed to witness it. If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever more frustrated or enraged by the world's inaction. Or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope.' This is Jonathan Franzen's controversial New Yorker essay, published as a single volume that discusses a planet on the cusp of and what and how individuals can respond to that.

100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything (Paperback): Mark Z. Jacobson 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything (Paperback)
Mark Z. Jacobson
R1,131 Discovery Miles 11 310 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Numerous laws - including the Green New Deal - have been proposed or passed in cities, states, and countries to transition from fossil fuels to 100% clean, renewable energy in order to address climate change, air pollution, and energy insecurity. This textbook lays out the science, technology, economics, policy, and social aspects of such transitions. It discusses the renewable electricity and heat generating technologies needed; the electricity, heat, cold, and hydrogen storage technologies required; how to keep the electric power grid stable; and how to address non-energy sources of emissions. It discusses the history of the 100% Movement, which evolved from a collaboration among scientists, cultural leaders, business people, and community leaders. Finally, it discusses current progress in transitioning to 100% renewables, and the new policies needed to complete the transition. Online course supplements include lecture slides, answers to the end-of-chapter student exercises, and a list of extra resources.

On Time and Water (Paperback, Main): Andri Snaer Magnason On Time and Water (Paperback, Main)
Andri Snaer Magnason; Translated by Lytton Smith
R267 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R44 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Icelandic author and activist Andri Snaer Magnason's 'Letter to the Future', an extraordinary and moving eulogy for the lost Okjoekull glacier, made global news and was shared by millions. Now he attempts to come to terms with the issues we all face in his new book On Time and Water. Magnason writes of the melting glaciers, the rising seas and acidity changes that haven't been seen for 50 million years. These are changes that will affect all life on earth. Taking a path to climate science through ancient myths about sacred cows, stories of ancestors and relatives and interviews with the Dalai Lama, Magnason allows himself to be both personal and scientific. The result is an absorbing mixture of travel, history, science and philosophy.

The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Anthropocene (Paperback): John Parham The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Anthropocene (Paperback)
John Parham
R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Fathoms - The World in the Whale (Paperback): Rebecca Giggs Fathoms - The World in the Whale (Paperback)
Rebecca Giggs
R272 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R42 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Our Final Warning - Six Degrees of Climate Emergency (Paperback): Mark Lynas Our Final Warning - Six Degrees of Climate Emergency (Paperback)
Mark Lynas
R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book must not be ignored. It really is our final warning. Mark Lynas delivers a vital account of the future of our earth, and our civilisation, if current rates of global warming persist. And it's only looking worse. We are living in a climate emergency. But how much worse could it get? Will civilisation collapse? Are we already past the point of no return? What kind of future can our children expect? Rigorously cataloguing the very latest climate science, Mark Lynas explores the course we have set for Earth over the next century and beyond. Degree by terrifying degree, he charts the likely consequences of global heating and the ensuing climate catastrophe. At one degree - the world we are already living in - vast wildfires scorch California and Australia, while monster hurricanes devastate coastal cities. At two degrees the Arctic ice cap melts away, and coral reefs disappear from the tropics. At three, the world begins to run out of food, threatening millions with starvation. At four, large areas of the globe are too hot for human habitation, erasing entire nations and turning billions into climate refugees. At five, the planet is warmer than for 55 million years, while at six degrees a mass extinction of unparalleled proportions sweeps the planet, even raising the threat of the end of all life on Earth. These escalating consequences can still be avoided, but time is running out. We must largely stop burning fossil fuels within a decade if we are to save the coral reefs and the Arctic. If we fail, then we risk crossing tipping points that could push global climate chaos out of humanity's control. This book must not be ignored. It really is our final warning.

99 Green Maps To Save The Planet (Hardcover): Katapult 99 Green Maps To Save The Planet (Hardcover)
Katapult; Introduction by Chris Packham
R405 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R81 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A shocking but informative, eye-catching and witty book of maps that illustrate the perilous state of our planet.

The maps in this book are often shocking, sometimes amusing, and packed with essential information:

  • Did you know that just 67 companies worldwide are responsible for 67 per cent of global greenhouse emissions?
  • Or that keeping a horse has the same carbon footprint as a 23,500-kilometre road trip?
  • Did you know how many countries use less energy than is consumed globally by downloading porn from the internet?
  • Do you know how much of the earth's surface has been concreted over?
  • Or how many trees would we have to plant to make our planet carbon-neutral?

Presenting a wealth of innovative scientific research and data in stunning, beautiful infographics, 99 Maps to Save the Planet provides us with instant snapshots of the destruction of our environment. At one glance, we can see the precarious state of our planet - but also realise how easy it would be to improve it

Enlightening, a bit frightening, but definitely inspiring, 99 Maps to Save the Planet doesn't provide practical tips on how to save our planet: it just presents the facts. And the facts speak for themselves. Once we know them, what excuse do we have for failing to act?
The Politics of Permaculture (Paperback): Terry Leahy The Politics of Permaculture (Paperback)
Terry Leahy
R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
On Fire - The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (Paperback): Naomi Klein On Fire - The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (Paperback)
Naomi Klein 1
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Naomi Klein's work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations' - Greta Thunberg For more than twenty years Naomi Klein's books have defined our era, chronicling the exploitation of people and the planet and demanding justice. On Fire gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing from the frontline of climate breakdown, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next. Here is Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but also as a spiritual and imaginative one. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of 'perpetual now,' to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of 'climate barbarism,' this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink. With dispatches from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, the smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, post-hurricane Puerto Rico and a Vatican attempting an unprecedented 'ecological conversion,' Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis. This is the fight for our lives. On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the energy of a rising political movement demanding change now.

Gathering Moss (Paperback): Robin Wall Kimmerer Gathering Moss (Paperback)
Robin Wall Kimmerer
R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Nordic Fauna (Paperback): Andrea Lundgren Nordic Fauna (Paperback)
Andrea Lundgren; Translated by John Litell
R311 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R45 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A train stops on the tracks in the middle of the night and a lone woman steps out, following a call from deep in the forest. In these six richly imagined short stories, Andrea Lundgren explores a liminal space where the town meets the wilderness and human consciousness meets something more animalistic. From foxes to blue whales to angels, the creatures that roam through these stories spark a desire for something more in their human counterparts: a longing for transformation. Whether dealing with familial tensions, romantic troubles, or a crisis of faith, their human anguish is explored with psychological depth and poetic insight in the earthy, evocative world of Lundgren's northern borderlands.

Our House is on Fire - Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis (Hardcover): Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg, Beata Ernman,... Our House is on Fire - Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis (Hardcover)
Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg, Beata Ernman, Svante Thunberg 1
R448 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R75 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The profoundly moving story of how love, courage and determination brought Greta Thunberg's family back from the brink 'Urgent, lucid, courageous ... a must-read message of hope ... It is a glimpse of a saner world' David Mitchell, Guardian This is the story of a happy family whose life suddenly fell apart, never to be the same again. Of two devoted parents plunged into a waking nightmare as their eleven-year-old daughter Greta stopped speaking and eating, and her younger sister struggled to cope. They desperately searched for answers, and began to see how their children's suffering reached far beyond medical diagnoses. This crisis was not theirs alone: they were burned-out people on a burned-out planet. And so they decided to act. Our House is on Fire shows how, amid forces that tried to silence them, one family found ways to strengthen, heal, and gain courage from the love they had for each other - and for the living world. It is a parable of hope and determination in an emergency that affects us all.

On Fire - The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (Paperback): Naomi Klein On Fire - The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (Paperback)
Naomi Klein
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Naomi Klein's work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations' - Greta Thunberg For more than twenty years Naomi Klein's books have defined our era, chronicling the exploitation of people and the planet and demanding justice. On Fire gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing from the frontline of climate breakdown, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next. Here is Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but also as a spiritual and imaginative one. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of 'perpetual now,' to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of 'climate barbarism,' this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink. With dispatches from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, the smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, post-hurricane Puerto Rico and a Vatican attempting an unprecedented 'ecological conversion,' Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis. This is the fight for our lives. On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the energy of a rising political movement demanding change now.

Our House is on Fire - Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis (Paperback): Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg, Beata Ernman,... Our House is on Fire - Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis (Paperback)
Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg, Beata Ernman, Svante Thunberg
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This is the story of a happy family whose life suddenly fell apart, never to be the same again. Of two devoted parents plunged into a waking nightmare as their eleven-year-old daughter stopped speaking and eating, and her younger sister struggled to cope. As they desperately searched for answers, they began to see how their children's suffering reached far beyond medical diagnoses. This crisis was not theirs alone: they were burned-out people on a burned-out planet. Our House is on Fire is the story of how, amid forces that tried to silence them, one family found ways to strengthen, heal, and gain courage from the love they had for each other - and for the living world. It is a parable of hope and determination in an emergency that affects us all.

Loved Clothes Last - How the Joy of Rewearing and Repairing Your Clothes Can Be a Revolutionary Act (Paperback): Orsola de... Loved Clothes Last - How the Joy of Rewearing and Repairing Your Clothes Can Be a Revolutionary Act (Paperback)
Orsola de Castro
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Running out of space for the clothes you can't stop buying? Curious about how you can make a difference to the environmental challenges our planet faces? Join Orsola's care revolution and learn to make the clothes you love, last longer. This book will equip you with a myriad of ways to mend, rewear and breathe new life into your wardrobe to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. By teaching you to scrutinise your shopping habits and make sustainable purchases, she will inspire you to buy better, care more and reduce your carbon footprint by simply making your loved clothes last longer. Following Orsola's practical tips to lavish care and attention on the clothes you already own will not only have a positive environmental impact, but will be personally rewarding too: hand wash, steam and spot clean your clothes, air dry instead of tumble drying, or revive your clothes by sewing or crocheting. Fast fashion leaves behind a trail of human and environmental exploitation. Our wardrobes don't have to be the finish line; they can be a starting point. We can all care, repair and rewear. Do you accept the challenge?

Socialist States and the Environment - Lessons for Eco-Socialist Futures (Paperback): Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro Socialist States and the Environment - Lessons for Eco-Socialist Futures (Paperback)
Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro
R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Think Like a Vegan - What everyone can learn from vegan ethics (Hardcover): Emilia Leese, Eva J. Charalambides Think Like a Vegan - What everyone can learn from vegan ethics (Hardcover)
Emilia Leese, Eva J. Charalambides
R401 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

According to the latest figures, the number of vegans in the UK has more than quadrupled since 2014, now representing over 1 per cent of the total population. With the rise in plant-based foods and cruelty-free products showing no sign of stopping, Think Like a Vegan explores how vegan ethics can be applied to every area of our daily lives. We all want to live more healthily and ethically, and this book is certainly not just for vegans. It's for anyone interested in veganism, its ideals and what even non-vegans can learn from its practice. Through a personal and often irreverent lens, the authors explore a variety of contemporary topics related to animal use: from the basics of vegan logic to politics, economics, love and other aspects of being human, each chapter draws you into a thought-provoking conversation about your daily ethical decisions. Why should we adopt animals? What's the problem with organic meat? What are the economics of plant-based foods? What about honey? What is the relationship between veganism and feminism? What is vegansexualism?

Wise About Waste - 150+ Ways To Help The Planet (Paperback): Helen Moffett Wise About Waste - 150+ Ways To Help The Planet (Paperback)
Helen Moffett
R220 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R31 (14%) In stock

An essential guide for every person on earth to help save our planet.

How do we live more gently on our planet? Can we put a stop to the environmental disasters that loom larger every day? These burning questions are on everyone’s mind. Wise About Waste addresses these urgent issues by providing a practical guide to reducing the waste we generate. Well-known author, academic and activist Helen Moffett looks at how we can all create less waste, and use resources more wisely. She tackles plastic waste, energy waste, food waste, manufacturing waste and much more – from homes to businesses, from immediate actions to long-term plans, there’s a strategy for everyone.

With over 150 practical tips and ideas, from the tiny and the quirky to the big and the dramatic, Wise About Waste can help us work towards waste-wise lifestyles. While there are tough questions and even tougher answers, these go hand-in-hand with reasons for hope and a good dash of humour.

Who Cares Wins - Reasons For Optimism in Our Changing World (Paperback): Lily Cole Who Cares Wins - Reasons For Optimism in Our Changing World (Paperback)
Lily Cole
R350 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R73 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Optimism demands action. Optimism is an active choice. Optimism is not naive and it is not impossible. We are living in an age of turmoil, destruction and uncertainty. Global warming has reached terrifying heights of severity, human expansion has caused the extinction of countless species, and Neoliberalism has led to a destructive divide in wealth and a polarisation of mainstream politics. But, there is a constructive way to meet this challenge, there is a reason to keep on fighting and there are plenty of reasons for optimism. Lily Cole has met with some of the millions of people around the world who are working on solutions to our biggest challenges and committed to creating a more sustainable and peaceful future for humanity. Exploring issues from fast fashion to fast food and renewable energy to gender equality, and featuring interviews with Sir David Attenborough, Sir Paul McCartney, Elon Musk and Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr. Gail Bradbrook, Reasons for Optimism is a beacon of hope in dark times. This book is a rousing call to action that will leave you feeling hopeful that we can make a difference. We are the ancestors of our future: a generation who will either be celebrated for their activism or blamed for its apathy. It is for us to choose optimism, to make a change and to show what is possible.

Apocalypse in American Literature and Culture (Hardcover): John Hay Apocalypse in American Literature and Culture (Hardcover)
John Hay
R2,360 Discovery Miles 23 600 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The idea of America has always encouraged apocalyptic visions. The 'American Dream' has not only imagined the prospect of material prosperity; it has also imagined the end of the world. 'Final forecasts' constitute one of America's oldest literary genres, extending from the eschatological theology of the New England Puritans to the revolutionary discourse of the early republic, the emancipatory rhetoric of the Civil War, the anxious fantasies of the atomic age, and the doomsday digital media of today. For those studying the history of America, renditions of the apocalypse are simply unavoidable. This book brings together two dozen essays by prominent scholars that explore the meanings of apocalypse across different periods, regions, genres, registers, modes, and traditions of American literature and culture. It locates the logic and rhetoric of apocalypse at the very core of American literary history.

Losing Eden - Why Our Minds Need the Wild (Paperback): Lucy Jones Losing Eden - Why Our Minds Need the Wild (Paperback)
Lucy Jones
R261 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'Beautifully written, movingly told and meticulously researched ... a convincing plea for a wilder, richer world' -- Isabella Tree, author of Wilding Today many of us live indoor lives, disconnected from the natural world as never before. And yet nature remains deeply ingrained in our language, culture and consciousness. For centuries, we have acted on an intuitive sense that we need communion with the wild to feel well. Now, in the moment of our great migration away from the rest of nature, more and more scientific evidence is emerging to confirm its place at the heart of our psychological wellbeing. So what happens, asks acclaimed journalist Lucy Jones, as we lose our bond with the natural world--might we also be losing part of ourselves? Delicately observed and rigorously researched, Losing Eden is an enthralling journey through this new research, exploring how and why connecting with the living world can so drastically affect our health. Travelling from forest schools in East London, to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, via Poland's primeval woodlands, Californian laboratories and ecotherapists' couches, Jones takes us to the cutting edge of human biology, neuroscience and psychology, and discovers new ways of understanding our increasingly dysfunctional relationship with the earth. Urgent and uplifting, Losing Eden is a rallying cry for a wilder way of life - for finding asylum in the soil and joy in the trees - which might just help us to save the living planet, as well as ourselves, from a future of ecological grief.

Turning to Earth - Stories of Ecological Conversion (Paperback, New): F.Marina Schauffler Turning to Earth - Stories of Ecological Conversion (Paperback, New)
F.Marina Schauffler
R505 Discovery Miles 5 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Turning to Earth offers a window into the heart of environmental change, moving beyond the culture's traditional reliance on policy reforms and technological measures. It charts the course of "ecological conversion," a dynamic inner process by which people come to ally themselves with the natural world and speak out on its behalf. Stories by ecological converts illuminate a critical realm long neglected by environmental scholars and activists--how the terrain of spirit, psyche, and conscience shape our commitment to Earth.

Marina Schauffler's engaging exploration of "inner ecology" deftly weaves together numerous autobiographical accounts with insights from the fields of ecocriticism, ecopsychology, environmental philosophy, and environmental education. An opening portrait of the writer and activist Terry Tempest Williams traces her deepening devotion to Earth. Each subsequent chapter explores a key element of ecological conversion, drawing primarily on the personal testimony of Williams and five other pioneering writers: Rachel Carson, Alice Walker, Edward Abbey, Scott Russell Sanders, and N. Scott Momaday.

Turning to Earth extends the parameters of contemporary environmental discussion by illustrating how substantive change hinges not just on political and institutional reforms but also on profound inner transformation. The compelling life narratives of ecological converts provide inspiration and direction for the growing number of activists, educators, scholars, and citizens committed to changing the world from the inside out.

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