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A Short History of the Mass Extinction of Species

by Franz Broswimmer

We are wilfully destroying our world
We live in an age of ecocide. Changes of enormous ecological significance are occurring on our planet - the ozone layer is beginning to disintegrate. Since 1970 the world's forests have almost halved. A quarter of the world's fish have been depleted.

70% of biologists believe the world is now in the midst of the fastest mass extinction of species in the planet's 4.5 billion-year history. Biodiversity loss is rated as a more serious environmental problem than the depletion of the ozone layer, global warming, or pollution and contamination. How have we come to this, and what can be done to conserve our environment for the future?

Ecocide examines the facts behind the figures to offer a disturbing account of the ecological impact that the human species has on the planet. It shows how we are wilfully destroying our world. Highlighting important countermovements who are working for ecological democracy, this unique book is essential for anyone who cares about conserving our environment for the future.

Franz J. Broswimmer is a Research Specialist at the Globalisation Research Center, University of Hawai'i, Manoa. His academic fields of expertise include environmental sociology, social theory, and globalisation. He has published several articles in academic social science journals. He is the author of Ecocide: A Short History of the Mass Extinction of Species (Pluto, 2002).

'Helps us choose to take collective responsibility. Essential reading for anybody who cares about the future of humanity and the diversity of species' - Vandana Shiva
1. The Human Odyssey: From Biological To Cultural Evolution
2. Problematic Society-Nature Relations Before The Modern Era
3. The Modern Assault On Nature: The Making Of Ecocide
4. The Planet As Sacrifice Zone
5. Ecocide And Globalization
Epilogue: Living In The Age Of Ecocide
Selected Bibliography
Published by Pluto Press in Sep 2002
Paperback ISBN: 9780745319346
eBook ISBN: 9781783713486

224 pages

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