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Bringing the Biosphere Home: Learning to Perceive Global Environmental Change

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Mitchell Thomashow.MIT Press (Cambridge, Massachusetts), 2001. 218 pp. £19.50

God save us from earnest American environmentalists.

Thomashow seeks to promote 'the confluence of religion and ecology'; the spiritual dimension of 'wonder'.He writes as if the rationalism of the Enlightenment never happened.

This book is as na´ve as its message, and verges on the infantile. 'The average American', he tells us, 'moves every four years, so if you're an American and you're 40 years old, chances are you've lived in 10 different places'. Thanks for that, Mitchell.

'Life is improvisation and the biosphere is its ever-changing symphony', he concludes, 'Our task is to practice its music'.Get lost.

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