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In wildlife conservation, rewilding refers to restoring habitats and creating corridors between preserved lands to allow declining populations to rebound. Marc Bekoff, one of the world’s leading animal experts and activists, here applies rewilding to human attitudes. Rewilding Our Hearts invites readers to do the essential work of becoming reenchanted with the world, actinIn wildlife conservation, rewilding refers to restoring habitats and creating corridors between preserved lands to allow declining populations to rebound. Marc Bekoff, one of the world’s leading animal experts and activists, here applies rewilding to human attitudes. Rewilding Our Hearts invites readers to do the essential work of becoming reenchanted with the world, acting from the inside out, and dissolving false boundaries to truly connect with both nature and themselves....

Title : Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence
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ISBN : 9781577319542
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Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence Reviews

  • Keith Akers
    2019-04-17 15:38

    The basic thesis of the book is that we need to “rewild” our emotional connection with nature. Bekoff briefly discusses what rewilding is and says that rewilding “reflects the desire to (re)connect intimately with all animals and landscapes in ways that dissolve borders.” We need to reconnect with the natural world. Our emotional connection with nature, or the lack of it, is behind all the problems we’re having with global warming, environmental destruction, species extinction, and so forth. If we could just connect with nature, the path to solving our problems would be clear, or at least clearer. The key insight is important, and our disconnect with nature is a big part of our environmental crisis. This is a great book for promoting discussion of “rewilding,” and he throws a lot of ideas out. However, if you are looking for specifics, the book is a bit vague and it’s not clear where he wants to take this. For example, how does he think our changed attitudes towards nature — assuming we could achieve that — will affect habitat destruction, the leading cause of species extinction? Two problems immediately leap out at us: human overpopulation and livestock agriculture. Should we go vegan and limit everyone to no more than two kids, or even one? He doesn’t say, even though he’s vegan (and briefly says so). He does talk about how to reconnect with nature. He throws out a bunch of ideas, and his comments on animals in the media are interesting. But it’s just not clear where we’re going with this or always even how we’ll know if we’re truly reconnected. On page 43, he says that “Rewilding only asks us to do what comes naturally and what feels right.” But a lot of our problems arise exactly because we are doing what comes naturally and feels right. People eat bacon because it tastes good, and overpopulate the planet because sex is fun and everyone loves kids. On page 72, he throws out the “eight P’s” of rewilding, but “patient, powerful, positive,” etc. are vague. How is this different than just thinking about nature and having positive thoughts? We need more specifics than this. Here’s where I, personally, would go with this idea: we need not just policy changes, but the moral underpinnings to support these policy changes — a conviction that changing our society is not just a good idea to “save our planet” and avoid killing ourselves, but also is the right thing to do. If we had compassion for animals, then we’d realize that raising animals for food is not only cruel to the domesticated animals that we eat, but also to the wild animals whose habitat is being destroyed to grow crops to feed animals. If we had compassion for animals, and for all of nature, we’d realize that the child we’re thinking about having, just through their existence in a consumer-oriented society, is going to cause habitat destruction as well. Our “rewilding” would be directed towards these objectives, and we could tell if it were working based not on some subjective fuzzy positive feelings about nature, but whether it helped people understand the problems and adopt needed positive behaviors. But I don’t see him making this argument or anything like it. This is a good book to get the discussion going, but it is short on specifics.

  • Uintah
    2019-04-11 10:37

    Pithy, sentimental bullshit. It's not as if I don't spend a significant amount of my time in the wild, and enter remarkably natural (including whatever risks) relationships with animals, along with a host of other lifestyle choices Mr. Bekoff might admire. His narrative is just crap, so whatever coincidental connection there is between my lifestyle and his rant is irrelevant. If you're honestly entering and participating in NATURE, you realize pretty quickly that no one, whether human animal or other animal, tree or rock DESERVES anything. Deserves is a totally relative, human moralistic construct, used by parents aiming to modify their children's behavior, and the Hollywood academy distributing their awards. In nature there's no deserving. Morals don't buy you any cake, sentience doesn't make you stronger than the next guy, and being sweet doesn't help your progeny reproduce at a higher rate. I have no problem with "deserve," but it doesn't belong in this context. The same goes for virtually every other concept Bekoff proposes. His moralistic, sentimental viewpoint ~ all the sentience and emotion in the natural world acknowledged ~ is just blather.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-20 10:30

    The ideas were commendable, but they were expressed in vague terms and rarely reinforced by stories or examples. I found the writing to be boring. I would have liked the author to illustrate his points with examples and anecdotes.

  • Rachel Parent
    2019-04-02 09:47

    Love the idea and the arguments presented here, but felt disconnected from this book from page one. I can't put my finger on why, but it didn't resonate in the way I expected.

  • Marla
    2019-03-28 13:37

    Naively written, but it sparked my thinking and pointed the way to more worthy books.

  • Emily
    2019-04-07 09:55

    I read this book as a part of the UMW Reading Program which uses different categories of selections to expose and educate its participants. So, I was expecting something that was challenging or new territory for me. I purchased the book based upon the title and back cover description which unfortunately, I believe to be very misleading. I was under the impression that the author was applying the principles of "rewilding" to "build pathways of compassion and coexistence" among human groups and within our relationships with one another. I liked the idea of seeing the positive practice work in animal groups applied to humans and "becoming reenchanted with our world". But, that is not the focus of this book. It is about our relationships, attitudes, and actions toward non-human animal groups. The author speaks from a lot of knowledge, research, and education that doesn't really educate nor inspire the reader. But, the afterword chapter does! I thoroughly enjoyed the action he calls us to and the real life applications found in the last 11 pages.

  • Kate Lawrence
    2019-04-19 10:27

    The default tendency of our society to think of the human race as separate from nature can only have disastrous consequences, such as we are currently seeing in the widespread destruction of wildlife habitat, greatly accelerated extinction rate of species, and alarming changes in climate. Bekoff reminds us both of the importance of our fellow non-human beings and how to increase that awareness for all of us generally, but particularly in the education of children.Although the book tends to be somewhat repetitive, its message is urgent and well-articulated. The more we rewild our outlook, the more we will be aware of human overpopulation and dominance, able to see the destruction of life around us, and capable of taking steps toward positive change.

  • Craig
    2019-04-06 15:42

    A compelling and optimistic appeal to all of us. The ecological path we are on is not sustainable and Marc Bekoff outlines a positive and supportive, but yet disciplined outline of personal responses which cumulatively are critically important if we hope to alter our world 's nonhuman and, yes, human animal path toward extinction.Backed by scientific research, personal experience, with an appeal to moral behavior that respects all animals Bekoff leads us to understand how we need to "rewild" our selves our attitudes and our world.Well written and supported with lots of referenced books on related subjects . The author manages to not be offensive or preachy ( and he encourages others to do the same), and is concise ( I like concise ) throughout. 4.5.

  • Natasha
    2019-03-19 11:43

    Makes you think about another way to view animals so that you have more compassion for them. I am saving prairie dogs which are hated "pests". If only people didn't see them that way and for the keystone species that they are, they might try to save them rather than kill them. People who consider animals disposable need to read this book to see another side to the importance of respecting and protecting them.

  • Jo Oehrlein
    2019-03-19 17:42

    The author mentions the following as typical outcomes from his talks* listeners with tears in their eyes * people who decide to become vegetarians or vegans * people who become advocates for animalsThat level of persuasiveness is not in evidence in this book. It was very dry and academic, with references to lots of other books and authors. I would guess the audience would be college students.

  • Nevie
    2019-03-29 11:40

    what i mainly got from this book was a long list of other books to read on the topics of conservation politics, human-animal connections, and the rewilding movement. not terribly well-written, kind of a repetitive insistence that rewilding is important. it might have been more compelling if it was the first time i'd heard an argument of its kind.

  • Stasia
    2019-04-14 09:56

    I'm not sure if this is fair, because maybe if I had thought of this subject less already I would have been more impressed by the book, but I thought it was lacking any real substance. I like the idea of being more compassionate to other humans AND the rest of the world, and Marc Bekoff seems like a nice guy, but this all felt pretty surface-level when I wanted teeth.

  • Vicky Goad
    2019-04-15 11:32

    I feel the description of this book (from the back of the book and the United Methodist Women Reading Program) was misleading. I expected to read a book with information on how to coexist with other people, instead the book was about living with "non-human animals." I agree that we need to coexist with all living things but I think we have a lot to learn about living with each other first.

  • Jenna
    2019-04-13 13:40

    Ah geez, this guy has packed so much knowledge, advice and great referencing into this book.Yeah the layout could of been smoother, but it didn't stop my head from nodding constantly and making my eyes water and inspiring me. I think this is the kind of book EVERYONE should read. Thanks Marc

  • Olivia Lewis
    2019-04-11 10:34

    This entire book could be condensed into a paragraph without leaving anything out