Keeping the Wild:
Against the Domestication of Earth

Is it time to embrace the so-called “Anthropocene”—the age of human dominion—and to abandon tried-and-true conservation tools such as parks and wilderness areas? Is the future of Earth to be fully domesticated, an engineered global garden managed by technocrats to serve humanity? The schism between advocates of rewilding and those who accept and even celebrate a “post-wild” world is arguably the hottest intellectual battle in contemporary conservation.

In Keeping the Wild, a group of prominent scientists, writers, and conservation activists responded to the Anthropocene-boosters who claim that wild nature is no more (or in any case not much worth caring about), that human-caused extinction is acceptable, and that “novel ecosystems” are an adequate replacement for natural landscapes. The book’s contributors argued that these “new environmentalists” embody the hubris of the managerial mindset and offer a conservation strategy that will fail to protect life in all its buzzing, blossoming diversity.

Contributors: Edited by George Wuerthner, Eileen Crist, and Tom Butler; with essays from Philip Cafaro, Tim Caro, Claudio Campagna, David Ehrenfeld, Dave Foreman, Daniel Guevara, Ned Hettinger, David Johns, David Kidner, Paul Kingsnorth, Lisi Krall, Harvey Locke, Sandra Lubarsky, Brendan Mackey, Curt Meine, Kathleen Dean Moore, Roderick Frazier Nash, Michael Soulé, Howie Wolke, and Terry Tempest Williams.

Published in 2014 by the Foundation for Deep Ecology, distributed by Island Press.