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Mark Robins & Adrian Southern

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 22: Ecological Localism – Re-coupling People, Place and Nature

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Ecological Localism – Re-coupling People, Place and Nature
Ecological Localism – Re-coupling People Place and Nature
Mark RobinsAdrian Southern
Introduction

This chapter explores ‘ecological localism’ as a humanising, pro-nature, practice-sustaining, place-based marriage of ecological context with a comfortable human geography, one that gives more hope for saving nature on a living planet than the miserable state failure of twentieth-century Western approaches. It proposes five themes for further exploration of ecological localism.

How can we find optimism that, on a living planet, nature has a good prospect? Ambition, goals, targets and initiatives abound, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets developed for the entire United Nations system (CBD, 2010), but the scale of failure presents the size of the challenge. The science is already in – rapid species extinction is already ...

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