Coming of age at the end of nature A generation faces living on a changed planet

Book - 2016

"22 essays explore wide-ranging themes, including redefining materialism and environmental justice, assessing the risk and promise of technology, and celebrating place; includes a foreword by Bill McKibben"--

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San Antonio, Texas : Trinity University Press [2016]
Physical Description
xvii, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
  • I. Living on Eaarth : Post-nature writing / Blair Braverman
  • Why Haiti? / Elizabeth Cooke
  • Rebuild or retreat: is it time to give up on places like the Rockaways? / Ben Goldfarb
  • Winter solstice / Lisa Hupp
  • Urban foraging / Amaris Ketcham
  • To love an owl / Abby McBride
  • But I'll still be here / James Orbesen
  • II. Thinking like a river : An Orange County almanac: adventures in suburban ecology / Jason M. Brown
  • Other, wise / Cameron Conaway
  • Tamale traditions: cultivating an understanding of humans and non-human nature through food / Amy Coplen
  • Wilderness of blackberries / Craig A. Maier
  • My present Is not your tombstone: love and loss in Utah's canyon country / Lauren McCrady
  • Sunset at Mile 16 / Alycia Parnell
  • Birdhouse treasures / William Thomas
  • Erosion/accretion / Amelia Urry
  • III. MIndful monkeywrenching : Diseases of affluence / Ben Cromwell
  • The lives of plovers / Sierra Dickey
  • Why I wear Jordans in the great outdoors / CJ Goulding
  • We are the fossil-fuel freedom fighters / Bonnie Frye Hemphill
  • The wager for rain / Megan Kimble
  • Could mopping save the world?: How day-to-day chores can bring big changes / Emily Schosid
  • True to our nature / Danna Joy Staaf.
Review by Choice Reviews

The idealistic voice of youths echoes across these pages as clearly as it echoes across generations. The reader will hear his or her own voice, reading these essays and thinking back to youthful passion and energy. Facing an uncertain future, each author views "coming of age" under an environmental cloud. Yet, most are hopeful. Many are searching. At least one is angry. The authors ask important and worthwhile questions. All are concerned about the degradation and exploitation of natural resources, while a few reveal their complete satisfaction with the conveniences of living in a developed world, even when the conveniences come at a high cost to the environment. The perspectives are broad in the context of living in 21st-century America. Missing in the narrative are the perceptions of those coming of age in the developing world and the wisdom derived from a historical viewpoint. For example, there is no mention of environmental Kuznets curves or Norman Borlaug. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.--T. Johnson, Prescott Valley Public LibraryTed JohnsonPrescott Valley Public Library Ted Johnson Choice Reviews 54:08 April 2017 Copyright 2017 American Library Association.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Dunlap (Companions in Wonder) and Cohen (Shorewords) have curated a fine collection of environmental writing in this thoughtful anthology from a "new generation of fossil fuel freedom fighters." This is an earnest compendium of personal narratives penned by young writers growing up in the changing reality that Bill McKibben, who writes the foreword, describes in his environmental classic The End of Nature. Covering a wide range of topics, such as hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, urban foraging, and communal living with the "Lima Beans" in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico, many of the essays contained here reference McKibben's work. Several are also tinged with bitterness at being left with a mess by an older generation who lied about having it under control, yet there is a sense of confidence they will be the ones who finally figure out how to clean it up. VERDICT An intelligent and heartfelt glimpse into the lives of the emerging authors McKibben greatly influenced and a must-read for anyone interested in environmental issues, particularly climate change.—Venessa Hughes, Buffalo, NY. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"22 essays explore wide-ranging themes, including redefining materialism and environmental justice, assessing the risk and promise of technology, and celebrating place; includes a foreword by Bill McKibben"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Twenty-two essays by writers of the climate change generation exploring what it means to come of age in an environmentally damaged world

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Coming of Age at the End of Nature explores a new kind of environmental writing. This powerful anthology gathers the passionate voices of young writers who have grown up in an environmentally damaged and compromised world. Each contributor has come of age since Bill McKibben foretold the doom of humanity’s ancient relationship with a pristine earth in his prescient 1988 warning of climate change, The End of Nature.What happens to individuals and societies when their most fundamental cultural, historical, and ecological bonds weaken—or snap? In Coming of Age at the End of Nature, insightful millennials express their anger and love, dreams and fears, and sources of resilience for living and thriving on our shifting planet.Twenty-two essays explore wide-ranging themes that are paramount to young generations but that resonate with everyone, including redefining materialism and environmental justice, assessing the risk and promise of technology, and celebrating place anywhere from a wild Atlantic island to the Arizona desert, to Baltimore and Bangkok. The contributors speak with authority on problems facing us all, whether railing against the errors of past generations, reveling in their own adaptability, or insisting on a collective responsibility to do better. Contributors include Blair Braverman, Jason Brown, Cameron Conaway, Elizabeth Cooke, Amy Coplen, Ben Cromwell, Sierra Dickey, Ben Goldfarb, CJ Goulding, Bonnie Frye Hemphill, Lisa Hupp, Amaris Ketcham, Megan Kimble, Craig Maier, Abby McBride, Lauren McCrady, James Orbesen, Alycia Parnell, Emily Schosid, Danna Staaf, William Thomas, and Amelia Urry.