Yellowstone’s Survival and Our Call to Action

Yellowstone’s Survival and Our Call to Action

Making the Case for a New Ecosystem Conservation Story

By Susan G. Clark

Anthem Environment and Sustainability Initiative (AESI)

This book focuses on Yellowstone: the park, the larger ecosystem, and even more so, the “idea” of Yellowstone. In presenting a case for a new conservation paradigm for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), including Yellowstone National Park, the book, at its heart, is about people and nature relationships. This new paradigm will be truly committed to a healthy, sustainable environment, rich in other life forms, and one that affords dignity for all: humans and nonhumans. 

Paperback, 250 Pages

ISBN:9781785279997

May 2021

£19.99, $24.95

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About This Book

This book focuses on Yellowstone: the park, the larger ecosystem, and even more so, the “idea” of Yellowstone. In presenting a case for a new conservation paradigm for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), including Yellowstone National Park, the book, at its heart, is about people and nature relationships. This new paradigm will be truly committed to a healthy, sustainable environment, rich in other life forms, and one that affords dignity for all: humans and nonhumans. The new story or paradigm must be about living such a commitment and future for GYE in real time. 

To do something and understand about the present erosion of nature and growing unsustainability, particularly the GYE situation, the book offers a heuristic for problem solving, learning, and discovery. The heuristic in four general terms, People, Meaning, Society, Environment, takes into account both the content (biophysical substance such as wolves and bears) and process (people, social relations, and decision-making) of conservation and sustainability in our communities, society, and in our daily living. It calls for an explicit integrative approach to this relationship for GYE. It acknowledges that Yellowstone will be different in the future from what we have experienced in recent decades. It also asks how and why it will be different and whether we’re ready for it. To examine these and related questions, and deeper questions, it probes the future. As well, it reflects on the changing narratives, policies, and actions of different sets of residents and outside influences. The book presents a well-developed theory for interdisciplinary problem solving that is grounded in practice.

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Author Information

Susan G. Clark is the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Professor (adjunct) of Wildlife Ecology and Policy Sciences and fellow in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University. She has diverse experience in the NGO community, academia, and in field work internationally. She focuses on professional interdisciplinary education and skill training for leadership, professionalism, and problem solving.

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Anthem Environment and Sustainability Initiative (AESI)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Introduction – People, Stories, Nature, Yellowstone; Part 1: Yellowstone as a Story; Chapter 2: Yellowstone and Significance; Chapter 3: Life and Ecosystems; Chapter 4: Boundaries and Context; Part 2: People’s Stories; Chapter 5: Controversies and Society; Chapter 6: People and Meaning; Chapter 7: Coherence and Policy; Part 3: Working for Ecosystem Conservation; Chapter 8: Challenges and Future; Chapter 9: Learning and Action; Chapter 10: The Work Ahead; Chapter 11: Conclusion – Creating a New Story, The Long View; Epilogue; Index.

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