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Rewilding Our Hearts


“We live in a wounded world that is in dire need of healing,” writes biologist Marc Bekoff in this impassioned call to reverse unprecedented global losses of biodiversity and habitat by changing ourselves. Rewilding means “to make wild once again” and it is frequently used in wildlife conservation to refer to re-creating wildlife habitat and creating corridors between preserved land for wildlife to travel through, thus allowing declining populations to rebound. Here Bekoff applies the Rewilding concept to human psychology and attitudes. We need to rewild both ourselves and other nature, Bekoff claims. We need to become re-enchanted with nature and fundamentally shift our consciousness. Otherwise, acts of physical conservation will have limited impact. Bekoff draws on what we know about biology, ethology, conservation biology and behaviour, psychology (including conservation psychology), and the role of social movements in bringing about positive change to outline a plan for changing minds and hearts. Rewilding Our Hearts looks at biodiversity loss and offers positive solutions for how we can deal with the global crisis in the loss of animal species. It stresses the importance of reconnecting with nature in new and constructive ways. It is an inspirational book about what we can and must do, as a global community, working in harmony for common goals, to deal with the rampant and wanton destruction of our planet and its innumerable residents.

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