Ignoring Nature No MoreThe Case for Compassionate Conservation

Ignoring Nature No MoreThe Case for Compassionate Conservation

Marc Bekoff

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9780226925332

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


For far too long humans have been ignoring nature. As the most dominant, overproducing, overconsuming, big-brained, big-footed, arrogant, and invasive species ever known, we are wrecking the planet at an unprecedented rate. And while science is important to our understanding of the impact we have on our environment, it alone does not hold the answers to the current crisis, nor does it get people to act. This book argues that we need a new mind-set about nature, one that centers on empathy, compassion, and being proactive. This book centers on compassionate conservation, a growing global movement that translates discussions and concerns about the well-being of individuals, species, populations, and ecosystems into action. The chapters combine the most creative aspects of the current science of animal conservation with analyses of important psychological and sociocultural issues that encourage or vex stewardship. The chapters tackle topics including the costs and benefits of conservation, behavioral biology, media coverage of animal welfare, conservation psychology, and scales of conservation from the local to the global.

Table of Contents

1 The Infirm Ethical Foundations of Conservation

John A. Vucetich and Michael P. Nelson

4 Talking about Bushmeat

Dale Peterson

17 Conservation Social Work

Philip Tedeschi, Sarah M. Bexell, and Jolie NeSmith

19 Consuming Nature

Carrie Packwood Freeman and Jason Leigh Jarvis

20 Children, Animals, and Social Neuroscience

Olin E. “Gene” Myers Jr.

21 Compassionate Conservation

Daniel Ramp, Dror Ben-Ami, Keely Boom, and David B. Croft

24 Conservation and Its Challenges in Kenya

Josphat Ngonyo and Mariam Wanjala

26 Avatar

Anthony L. Rose and A. Gabriela Rose

Some Closing Words

Marc Bekoff