After the Future: Australia's New Extinction Crisis: Quarterly Essay 48

After the Future: Australia's New Extinction Crisis: Quarterly Essay 48

Australia's New Extinction Crisis

by Tim Flannery

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 16/11/2012

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Australia is home to many animals and plants found nowhere else on earth, making Australians caretakers of a unique heritage in a land that tolerates few mistakes. Yet, in After the Future, Tim Flannery shows that this country is now on the brink of a new wave of extinctions, which threatens to leave our national parks as 'marsupial ghost towns.' Why are species becoming extinct despite the tens of millions of dollars being spent to protect nature? And what more should be done? In this passionate and illuminating essay, Flannery tells the story of the human impact on the continent. He revisits his Future Eaters hypothesis, discussing how firestick farming helped to shape the ecology and preserve native fauna. He looks at the way recent governments, in tandem with an indifferent populace and a rabid libertarian right, have let environmental knowledge and commitments erode. Finally, he describes new approaches to wildlife conservation and argues that Australia must take to lead on these. This is an essay that rings the alarm on behalf of the natural world, and asks us to think again about protection of its irreplaceable riches. 'Such is the depth of public ignorance about Australia's extinction crisis that most people are unaware that it is occurring, while those who do know of it commonly believe that our national parks and reserves are safe places for threatened species. In fact the second extinction wave is now in full swing, and its' emptying our national parks and wildlife reserves as ruthlessly as other landscapes.' Tim Flannery, After the Future Quarterly Essay presents significant contribution to the general debate. Each issue contains a single essay written at a length of about 25,000 words. It aims to present the widest range of political, intellectual and cultural opinion
ISBN:
9781863955829
Category:
Conservation of the environment
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
16-11-2012
Series:
Quarterly Essay
Publisher:
Black Inc.
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
128
Dimensions (mm):
234x169x9mm
Weight:
0.2kg
Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers and Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish.

In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year and in 2007 Australian of the Year. In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council.

In 2011 he became Australia's Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded the Australian Climate Council. His previous book is Atmosphere of Hope- Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis.

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