As stewards of the landscape, environmentalists have traditionally been categorized as either preservationists or conservationists, designations that are often considered not only limiting but mutually exclusive. Jordan recommends a third classification, "ecological restoration," for proponents of a method for eliminating and correcting environmental disturbances and destruction through sustained rehabilitative activities. In a wide-ranging philosophical exploration of humanity's relationship to nature and an astute etymological explanation of the spirit behind the science, Jordan explores environmentalism from anthropological, sociological, literary, and religious disciplines to create a new paradigm for interacting with the environment. Influenced by pioneering conservationists such as Aldo Leopold and John Muir, Jordan takes a metaphysical approach, quoting philosophers as distinguished as Joseph Campbell and Ralph Waldo Emerson and alluding to literary works as diverse as Charlotte's Web
and Moby Dick.
Elevating ecological restoration beyond the basic technical aspects to encompass ethical and social considerations, Jordan forges an ambitious model for solving the environmental challenges that threaten native habitats. Carol HaggasCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"Elevating ecological restoration beyond the basic technical aspets to encompass ethical and social considerations, Jordan forges an ambitious model for solving the environmental challenges that threaten native habitats."--"Booklist"