Description - People and Nature by Emilio F. Moran
Evidence of climate change, loss of biological diversity, tropical deforestation, and an impending crisis in potable water prompts the question: how have we created a situation where our planet - our very future - is at risk? For centuries human impact on the natural world was relatively limited. Some ancient civilizations deforested their regional landscapes - and paid the price with their collapse. Now, while countries in the developed world point to the tropical world as driving the next great wave of extinctions, tropical experts argue that it is the industrial world's addiction to fossil fuels that is the threat. Again, we must ask: What will motivate humans to value Nature before it is too late? In People and Nature: An Introduction to Human Ecological Relations, noted anthropologist and environmental scientist, Emilio Moran considers such questions and provides a lively introduction to ecological anthropology, environmental geography and what is often called human ecology.
Not only does Moran review the evolution of human interactions with the natural world - drawing from anthropology, geography, and environmental sciences - he also diagnoses our contemporary situation by examining our changing relations to Nature. He pays particular attention to those aspects that seem to account for the greater connectedness of certain societies to their physical environment, including respect for Nature that self-limits the use of resources, a sense of community, and trust between members of communities. By examining the evolving relations between human communities and Nature, Moran offers a vision of what we must do to have a future worth living.
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Author Biography - Emilio F. Moran
Emilio F. Moran is Rudy Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University and also Professor of Environmental Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Geography, and Director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change.