• Hardcover : 256 pages • Publisher : National Geographic (August 25, 2020) In this inspiring manifesto, an internationally renowned ecologist makes a clear case for why protecting nature is our best health insurance, and why it makes economic sense. Enric Sala wants to change the world–and in this compelling book, he shows us how. Once we appreciate how nature works, he asserts, we will understand why conservation is economically wise and essential to our survival. Here Sala, director of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project (which has succeeded in protecting more than 5 million sq km of ocean), tells the story of his scientific awakening and his transition from academia to activism–as he puts it, he was tired of writing the obituary of the ocean. His revelations are surprising, sometimes counterintuitive: More sharks signal a healthier ocean; crop diversity, not intensive monoculture farming, is the key to feeding the planet. Using fascinating examples from his expeditions and those of other scientists, Sala shows the economic wisdom of making room for nature, even as the population becomes more urbanized. In a sober epilogue, he shows how saving nature can save us all, by reversing conditions that led to the coronavirus pandemic and preventing other global catastrophes. With a foreword from Prince Charles and an introduction from E. O. Wilson, this powerful book will change the way you think about our world–and our future. Social Media #thenatureofnature, and tag @tlcbooktours and @enricsala.
ReviewEnric Sala studied algae in his academic career. While completing his field research, Enric noticed that he was writing about their demise. To help save the ecosystems he loves, Enric became a National Geographic Explorer in residence working with the Pristine Seas Project. In The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild Enric Sala presents clear reasoning about the need and benefits of preserving and restoring nature.
Written in a way that any reader can understand and making analogies to the world we know, Sala highlights our connections to nature and how much we rely on and attempt to control nature without fully understanding the systems that control it. Beginning with the basics of biology combined with observations from fieldwork, Sala presents the harsh truths about the consequences of our actions for the planet. The chapters naturally flow through the importance of a good foundation for a healthy ecosystems, studying nature as a method to help understand ourselves, the impact of keystone and foundation species, and trophic cascades. This underscores the interconnectedness that we may never fully understand, but feel that we must change and control. Sala calls attention to the importance of systems that we can not see and the fact that our actions are long reaching and can more negative impacts than we can ever imagine. Most of all, Sala has made a case that simple changes, such as leaving an ecosystem alone can have bountiful positive impacts on biodiversity along with monetary gains for humans. The Nature of Nature gives us a solid reason why we should care about the environment and all the evidence for sustaining and preserving natural areas. It is simply up to us to decide what to do about it.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.