Nature is not something that is ‘out there’ and separate from our daily lives, says writer Emma Marris. Instead we are surrounded by a rambunctious garden that has been shaped by human beings—which raises significant questions. If no ecosystem is pristine and we cannot go back to a natural world untouched by human activity, how will we go forward? How do we conserve, protect, and engage with nature? What is nature and what is our place within it?
Drawing on the work of a diverse group of scientists and community leaders, Marris answers some of these questions. She offers ways to embrace nature in our backyards and cities and make decisions that benefit conservation, species diversity, and environmental health in a ‘post-wild world.’