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Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays

Paul Kingsnorth
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.

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ISBN
978-1-55597-780-1
Format
Paperback
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Pages
296
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
A provocative and urgent essay collection that asks how we can live with hope in “an age of ecocide”

About the Author

Paul  Kingsnorth
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Paul Kingsnorth is the author of Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist, Beast and The Wake, which was longlisted 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.

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Praise

  • “Although he writes about feeling despair, grief, and loss in the face of climate change, Kingsnorth says he has not given up hope—only what he perceives as false hope.”Sierra Magazine
  • “In a world on the brink of collapse, Kingsnorth offers humor, compassion, humility and wisdom.”Shelf Awareness
  • “Lyrical, compelling and provocative.”National Catholic Reporter
  • “A brilliant and sobering collection recommended for anyone, liberal or conservative, concerned about the runaway train of climate change.”Booklist
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