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The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND THEIR CO-PRODUCTION This handbook is a key critical research resource for researchers and practitioners across the social sciences and their contributions to related disciplines associated with the fast developing interdisciplinary field of sustainability science.

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

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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