This month, the Book Group met up to discuss Feral, by George Monbiot.
About the Book:
How many of us sometimes feel that we are seeking to find our way into a wider space beyond? Feral is the gripping story of George Monbiot’s efforts to re-engage with nature and discover a new way of living. He shows how, by restoring and rewilding our damaged ecosystems on land and at sea, we can bring wonder back into our lives.
Making use of some remarkable scientific discoveries, Feral lays out a new, positive environmentalism, in which nature is allowed to find its own way. From the seas of north Wales, where he kayaks among dolphins and seabirds, to the forests of Eastern Europe, George Monbiot shows how rewilding could repair the living planet, creating ecosystems in post-industrial nations as captivating as any around the world. This is a wild adventure that argues for a mass restoration of the natural world – and a powerful call for us to reclaim our own place in it.
“I enjoyed this book very much. It made me very aware of ‘shifting baseline syndrome’. I think with increased human pressure on wild spaces and with the rapid increase in rate of loss and extinction of species it is timely to look closely at how we manage the few of these spaces we have left.
I liked the catchphrase that rewilding aims to replace a ‘silent Spring with a raucous Summer’. And I liked his humility in recognizing that ‘like all visions, ‘rewilding must be constantly questioned and challenged’, that it should ‘never be used as an instrument of expropriation or dispossession’, and that it should ‘happen only with the consent and enthusiasm of those who work on the land’.” – Lucy