From the Publisher:
In a time of climate change and mass extinction, who we garden for matters more than ever.
...an outstanding and deeply passionate book.
― MARC BEKOFF, author, Rewilding Our Hearts and The Animals' Agenda
[Vogt's] call to be conscious about what we plant in our gardens, and to respect the beauty and resilience of species that have been in our communities for millennia, is clear and urgent.
― Dr. PETER ROBINSON, Chief Executive Officer, David Suzuki Foundation
Plenty of books tell home gardeners and professional landscape designers how to garden sustainably, what plants to use, and what resources to explore. Yet few examine why our urban wildlife gardens matter, and not just for ourselves, but for the larger human and animal communities.
Author Benjamin Vogt addresses why we need a new garden ethic, and why we urgently need wildness in our daily lives ― lives sequestered in buildings surrounded by monocultures of lawn and concrete that significantly harm our physical and mental health. He examines the psychological issues around climate change and mass extinction as a way to understand how we are short-circuiting our response to global crises, especially by not growing native plants in our gardens. Simply put, environmentalism is not political, it's social justice for all species marginalized today, and for those facing extinction tomorrow.
By thinking deeply and honestly about our built landscapes, we can create a compassionate activism that connects us more profoundly to nature and to one another.
A powerful and transformative work, written with honesty and grace.
― SUSAN J. TWEIT, award-winning author, Walking Nature Home
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Stats: Softcover, 181 Pages.