Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays (Paperback)

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This collection of essays from the British author takes environmentalism to task for not daring to unravel the ills of modern society. As Kingsnorth explains, "Today’s environmentalists are more likely to be found at corporate conferences hymning the virtues of sustainability’ and ‘ethical consumption’ than doing anything as naive as questioning the intrinsic values of civilisation."  --Jack

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A provocative and urgent essay collection that asks how we can live with hope in "an age of ecocide"

Paul Kingsnorth was once an activist--an ardent environmentalist. He fought against rampant development and the depredations of a corporate world that seemed hell-bent on ignoring a looming climate crisis in its relentless pursuit of profit. But as the environmental movement began to focus on "sustainability" rather than the defense of wild places for their own sake and as global conditions worsened, he grew disenchanted with the movement that he once embraced. He gave up what he saw as the false hope that residents of the First World would ever make the kind of sacrifices that might avert the severe consequences of climate change.

Full of grief and fury as well as passionate, lyrical evocations of nature and the wild, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist gathers the wave-making essays that have charted the change in Kingsnorth's thinking. In them he articulates a new vision that he calls "dark ecology," which stands firmly in opposition to the belief that technology can save us, and he argues for a renewed balance between the human and nonhuman worlds.

This iconoclastic, fearless, and ultimately hopeful book, which includes the much-discussed "Uncivilization" manifesto, asks hard questions about how we've lived and how we should live.

About the Author

Paul Kingsnorth is the author of Beast and The Wake, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He is cofounder of the Dark Mountain Project, a global network of writers, artists, and thinkers in search of new stories for a world on the brink.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781555977801
ISBN-10: 1555977804
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Pages: 208
Language: English