Can any lessons for long-term environmental sustainability come from Africa, a continent long perceived more as a cauldron of environmental disasters than a cradle of environmental solutions? In Conversations in the Rainforest, Richard B. Peterson answers an emphatic yes. Peterson deftly interweaves the ideas of African and Africanist historians, theologians, anthropologists, philosophers, writers, and ecologists with a series of remarkable conversations he shared with inhabitants of the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Yet, rather than remain in the background of his analysis, these conversations—on subjects ranging from traditional interpretations of nature to contemporary indigenous perspectives on modern environmental challenges—constitute the very core of this book.Through this enlightening and frequently mesmerizing narrative approach, Peterson brings the foundations of Central African land ethics into vivid relief. With uncommon empathy and insight, he shows how ecological and social sustainability projects in the region can be based more firmly on these foundations. This book holds invaluable lessons for environmental practitioners, scholars, and anyone interested in long-term environmental sustainability on a global level.
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Richard B. Peterson is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a former National Science Foundation Fellow, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. He has spent seventeen years living and working in Africa.
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Descrizione libro Westview Press, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: Used: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 130424005