Nature

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Anthropocene Boosters and the Attack on Wilderness Conservation
Wuerthner, George
Article
2015
A number of academics, commentators, and groups argue that humans have so completely modified the Earth that concepts such as 'wilderness' or 'nature' have become meaningless, and that therefore there...
Canada: A Natural History
Livingston, John; Fitzharris, Tim
Book
1988
Canada: A Natural History surveys the varying ecosystems of the northern part of this continent, explaining their characteristics, vividly illustrated by the photographs of Tim Fitzharris.
Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
Macy, Joanna
Book
1998
A guidebook for dealing with the despair that stands in the way our our changing the world.
Connecting with nature through wildlife, place and memory
Aitchison, John
Article
2016
Some of us are fortunate enough to have close relationships with the nature around us. But what about everyone else? We must find ways to make people feel like old friends with wildife near and far, a...
Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1994
Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series...
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Nature Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on nature.
'The creatures, too, must become free': Marx and the Animal/Human Distinction
Wilde, Lawrence
Article
2000
It has been claimed that Marx lacked respect for animals, thinking of them as inferior beings. Lawrence Wilde argues that, on the contrary, Marx had a respectful attitude towards animals and non-human...
Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered
Devall, Bill & Sessions, George
Book
Digital Disconnect and its adverse impact on how (or whether) we engage with nature
Briggs, Laura
Article
2016
As the Digital Schoolhouse programme starts a national roll out to schools across the UK, scientists warn that digital disconnect can mean caring less - for each other and the environment.
The Domination of Nature
Leiss, William
Book
Leiss relates environmental concerns back to the fundamental problem of man's domination of his fellow man. In doing so, he argues for a reconsideration of the relationship between humanity and nature...
Drawing the Line: A pamphlet
Goodman, Paul
Book
1946
The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy
Bookchin, Murray
Book
1982
Bookchin's synthesis of ecology, anthropology and political theory traces conflicting legacies of hierarchy and freedom from the first emergence of human culture to today's globalized capitalism, cons...
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?
Kovel, Joel
Book
2002
We live in and from nature, but the way we have evolved of doing this is about to destroy you. Capitalism and its by-products -- imperialism, war, neoliberal globalization, racism, poverty, and the de...
Flying in the Face of Nature: A Year in the Minsmere Bird Reserve
Barnes, Simon
Book
1992
The author describes conservation efforts around the world, using the Minsmere bird reserve in Britain as a starting point.
The future is agroecology
Tudge, Colin; Harvey, Graham
Article
2014
The way to a sustainable, people-centred agriculture lies in agroecology - farming based on ecological principles, taking account of the interdependence of all living things.
The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement
Lytle, Mark Hamilton
Book
2007
Explores the evolution of Carson's ideas about nature, her love for the sea, her career as a biologist, and above all her emergence as a writer of extraordinary moral and ecological vision.
Green Cities: Ecologically Sound Approaches to Urban Space
Gordon, David (ed.)
Book
1990
Visions from around the world for an ecological urban model. Argues that putting wilderness in cities is good for conservation of wildlife.
The Green Trees Beyond: A Memoir
Lawrence, R. D.
Book
1994
R.D. Lawrence, a self-taught biologist whose first years of life coincided with the Spanish civil war, and who later became a noted as well as self-taught Canadian biologist.
Healing the Wounds: The Promise of Ecofeminism
Plant, Judith
Book
1989
An anthology of writings on ecofeminism.
Human Nature
Dowie, Mark
Article
2009
Dowie sympathizes with the view that 'wildenress' is a human creation.
Humboldt, Alexander von: Connexipedia Article
Article
Naturalist. (1769-1859).
The Invention of Nature: adventures of Alexander Humboldt, lost hero of science
Mellen, Matt
Article
2016
Andrea Wulf's book about the remarkable 19th century explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt is welcome, opportune and a pleasure to read, packed as it is with high adventure and amazing discov...
Islands of Hope: Ontario's Parks and Wilderness
Labatt, Lori ; Littlejohn, Bruce
Book
1992
Kropokin on Mutual Aid - Review
Mattick, Paul
Article
1956
Legacy: The Natural History of Ontario
Theberge, John B.
Book
1989
A comprehensive, extensively illustrated natural history of Ontario, covering bedrock, soils, birds, mammals, insects, wildflowers, forests, prehistoric life, and much more.
Leopold, Aldo: Connexipedia Article
Article
American ecologist, forester, and environmentalist who was influential in the development of modern environmental ethics and in the movement for wilderness preservation. (1887-1948).
Manifesto for the Green Mind: Jules Pretty sets out a plan to engage people with Nature and create more sustainable and enjoyable living for everyone.
Pretty, Jules
Article
2017
Jules Pretty sets out a plan to engage people with Nature and create more sustainable and enjoyable living for everyone. The first call to action is: "Every child outdoors every day".
Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective
Burkett, Paul
Book
1999
While recognizing that production is structured by historically developed relations among producers, Marx insists that production as a social and material process is shaped and constrained by natural ...
Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective - Book Review
Empson, Martin
Article
2015
Essential reading for ecosocialists. Paul Burkett shows that humanity's relationship to nature is central to Marx’s critique of capitalism and vision of socialism.
Marxism and the Dialectics of Ecology
Foster, John Bellamy; Clark, Brett
Article
2016
The recovery of the ecological-materialist foundations of Karl Marx’s thought, as embodied in his theory of metabolic rift, is redefining both Marxism and ecology in our time, reintegrating the critiq...
Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism
Hudis, Peter
Book
2013
In contrast to the traditional view that Marx's work is restricted to a critique of capitalism – and that he consciously avoided any detailed conception of its alternative – this work shows that Marx ...
The Moronic Sport: ORVs on Public Lands
Wuerthner, George
Article
2008
I do not accept the premise that abuse of our lands is something that we must tolerate as inevitable. It is our land. It is our children's land, and their children's land. We have a responsibility to ...
The Natural History of Canada
Lawrence, R.D.
Book
1988
Written for the general reader, and well-illustrated, this book paints Canada's natural world in broad brush strokes but with a wealth of detail.
Nature and the Communist Manifesto
Foster, John Bellamy
Article
1998
What is needed is a broadening of the original socialist vision rather than a rejection of that vision or its amalgamation with something else, like liberal or neo-liberal) environmentalism.
Nature, science & power: Questions need to be asked...
Riordon, Michael
Website
2014
Here many questions will be asked, some answers attempted. This blog connects to a new book: Bold Scientists: dispatches from the battle for honest science, published in 2014 by Between the Lines.
Naturesongs
Von Gausig, Doug
Website
Provides samples of various natural sounds, promotes nature recording and archiving, and provides a library of sounds that people can refer to when they hear something new.
Nova Scotia Herptofaunal Atlas
Website
Documenting the distribution and abundance of Nova Scotia's amphibian and reptile species.
Only protect: A photographic celebration of our endangered earth: New Internationalist May 2005 - #378
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
A visual look at the world's Ecosystems and a discussion of the scale and urgency of the environmental crisis.
The Philosophy of Social Ecology: Essays on Dialectical Naturalism
Bookchin, Murray
Book
1990
Bookchin addresses questions such as 'What is nature?", "What is humanity's place in nature?", "What is the relationship of society to the natural world?"
Remaking Society
Bookchin, Murray
Book
1989
Rescue the Earth!: Conversations with the Green Crusaders
Mowat, Farley
Book
14 conversations with activists and thinkers concerning the understanding and redemption of the natural world in the late twentieth century.
Rogue Primate: An Exploration of Human Domestication
Livingston, John A.
Book
The first domesticated animal, according to Livingston, was neither dog nor goat, but human. Humans cut themselves adrift from the rest of the world by becoming entirely dependent on ideas. Technical ...
Side with the Living
Jensen, Derrick
Article
2009
A note to those who would demonize nature.
Skills for Simple Living
Tillostson, Betty (Edited by)
Book
1991
Special Places: The Changing Ecosystems of the Toronto Region
Roots, Betty I., Chant, Donald A., Heidenreich, Conred E.
Book
1999
Special Places explores the changing ecosystem of the Toronto area over the past century, looking at the environmental conditions that influence the whol region and at the surprising range of plants a...
Toronto Ravines - Ours to Preserve
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1982
Toronto's ravines are a treasure; it's up to us to preserve them.
Urbanization Without Cities: The Rise and Decline of Citizenship
Bookchin, Murray
Book
The author argues that there should be participatory democracy so there could be balance ecologically between city and country.
Why Marx Was Right
Eagleton, Terry
Book
2011
Eagleton takes common objections to Marxism and demonstrates how and why they are wrong.
Why the zoo shot its tigers
Radford, Tim
Article
A discussion of the practice of - and motivation behind - culling and conservation in the one of the worlds foremost science and conservation zoological facilities, the London Zoo.
The World Without Us
Weisman, Alan
Book
2007
A thought experiment to see what would happen to the planet if human beings simply disappeared.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Anarchist Black Cross
The ABC is an international organization formed to support political prisoners.
Ark II - The Animal Rights Kollective
To promote and protect the rights of all animals and foster their individual liberties through direct action, political action, and public awareness campaigns. Our goal is to abolish all forms of crue...
ARKive
Images of life on earth. Creating a lasting audio-visual record of life on earth.
Arusha Cross-Cultural Centre
Stimulate reflection and action by Canadians to promote equitable development of peoples at home and abroad, and communication and understanding among people of different cultures.
Bat Conservation International
Site devoted to bats. BCI's mission is to teach people the value of bats, to protect and conserve critical bat habitats, and to advance scientific knowledge through research. All this while using a wi...
Common Ground Magazine
Independent magazine about health, the environment, personal growth and creativity.
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Ecology Action Centre
Promote sustainability in development, protection of environment, its variety of species, through education, advocacy and action.
Green Teacher
For teachers wishing to promote global and environmental awareness in kids from K-12: ideas from successful green educators, classroom activities, reviews of teaching resources and announcements of ev...
Nature Canada
To promote the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of nature and the conservation of the environment so that the integrity of natural systems is maintained.
Nature Conservancy of Canada
NCC is a non-profit, non-advocacy group that takes a business-like approach to land conservation and the preservation of biological diversity. Its plan of action involves collaboration with any group ...
NatureServe
A non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs a...
Ontario Public Health Association
To enhance the health of all the people of Ontario and to eliminate all preventable health problems.
Ontario Public Interest Research Group - Guelph
OPIRG is committed to providing students and community members with a socially meaningful outlet for their skills and a hands-on lesson in participatory democracy.
SEEDS Canada Foundation
An education support organization for schools across Canada providing environmental education and sustainability education materials.
Sources
Sources specializes in collecting, indexing, and disseminating information to help journalists, editors, and researchers quickly reach articulate experts and spokespersons who can provide background i...
Western Canada Wilderness Committee
Education of the public, business and political leaders on the value and necessity of preserving Western Canada's remaining wilderness. Support groups working to preserve areas.
World Society for the Protection of Animals -- Canada
A non-profit, international organization working for the prevention of cruelty to, and the protection of, all animals.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Sources Library

The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature
Kröller, Eva-Marie
2004
Broad surveys of fiction, drama, and poetry, Aboriginal writings, Francophone writings, autobiography, literary criticism, writing by women, urban writing, nature writing, travel writing, and short fi...
A Field Guide to Eastern Forests
Kricher, John C.; Morrison, Gordon
1988
A "second-generation" field guide to the ecology of the forests and fields of eastern North America.
Field Notes From a Hidden City
Woolfson, Esther
2013
Woolfson examines the elements - geographic, atmospheric and environmental - which bring diverse life forms to live in close proximity in cities. She considers prevailing attitudes towards the natural...
George Orwell: A Life
Crick, Bernard
1980
A biography of George Orwell.
A Guide to Bird Guides
Farragher, Elaine
1988
When you only have mere seconds in which to observe a bird and identify it, and you aren't already an expert ornithologist, the field guide you use, and your familiarity with it, become of prime impor...
Heeding nature to understand ourselves
A new genre of writing is putting centre stage the interconnectedness between human beings and the wilderness
Bunting, Madeleine
2007
A new literary tendency in the nature writing genre is to point out the interconnectedness between humans and their environment. Rather than study nature as a thing apart from man, these books challen...
The Laws of Nature
A Skeptics Guide
Pazameta, Zoran
2000
The Living Planet
Attenborough, David
1984
The story of the Earth's surface and its colonization by animals and plants.
Natural environment
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Nature
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Nature (journal)
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Nature Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to nature in the Sources directory for the media.
The Running Sky
A Birdwatching Life
Dee, Tim
2009
A series of essays in the 'nature watching' theme, about birdwatching and the author's experiences while engaged in that pursuit.
Toronto Rocks
The Geological Legacy of the Toronto Region
Eyles, Nick; Clinton, Laura
1998
Toronto’s urban geology.

From the Connexions Archives

Arkive.org
Website
Images of life on earth. Creating a lasting audio-visual record of life on earth.
Bat Conservation International
Website
Site devoted to bats.
Birding in Canada
Gallant,Gord
Website
Information about Canadian birding.
Federation of Ontario Naturalists
Website
An independent, not-for-profit nature and conservation organization, founded in 1931 as a provincial voice for the conservation of forests, wetlands, waterways, grassland and wildlife.
Fluvarium
Website
The word Fluvarium literally means "windows on a stream". In this case, the stream is Nagles's Hill Brook, a tributary of Rennies River, which has been diverted to flow past nine underwater windows.
International Dark Sky Association
Website
Concerned with stopping the adverse environmental impact of light pollution and space debris.
Nature Canada
Website
A member-based, non-profit conservation organization. Focuses on conservation initiatives to protect birds, endangered species, and wildlands and oceans.
Nature Saskatchewan
Website
Non-profit conservation striving to help protect Saskatchewan's native species and natural ecosystems.
Nature Study
A Journal of Environmental Education and Intrepretation - Periodical profile published 1989
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
NatureServe
Website
A non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs a...
Oak Ridges Trail Association
Website
Engages in and promotes conservation, restoration and appreciation of the natural environment surrounding the trail system and encourages ecologically responsible attitudes towards the Moraine.
Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority
Website
The conservation authority covering the Saugeen River watershed.