[UCP Books]: Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century

“Outstanding: Paddy Woodworth has opened a broad and major window to the world of ecosystem restoration and its restoration biologists, for those of us who do it, know it, and the public who needs it. He does this by actually taking the time to meet the practitioners, users and evaluators of restoration projects and their aftermaths, and cast a reporter’s unjaundiced commentary about them.”
Daniel Janzen, University of Pennsylvania

“A great piece of investigative journalism. Woodworth has captured the spirit and detail of contemporary ecological restoration, its strengths, weaknesses, controversies, and especially its message of hope.”
Stephen D. Hopper, former CEO and chief scientist, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


 Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century

Paddy Woodworth


Publication date: November 5, 2013 $35.00 • £24.50
International publication date: November 12, 2013   978-0-226-90739-0

Our planet faces daunting challenges from human impacts in this century: from increasing population and resource consumption, from invasive alien invasive species and, above all, from accelerating climate change. But there is an even bigger danger: We often feel overwhelmed—and therefore incapable of effective response to these crises—by the very relentlessness of the flood of distressing environmental news stories. This new book throws down a powerful challenge to this gloomy zeitgeist.
In Our Once and Future Planet, investigative journalist Paddy Woodworth explores a new, cutting-edge response to the environmental crisis—ecological restoration. He finds that this daring, radical conservation strategy offers a bracing alternative to helplessness and despair.  He takes readers around the globe to sites where people are working to restore threatened and damaged ecosystems: New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Iowa, California, and Chicago.
Woodworth introduces us to dramatic human and environmental stories, featuring a fascinating group of committed scientists, activists, policy makers, and ordinary citizens who together are working to undo damage caused by human activity. It’s not all positive—Woodworth doesn’t shy away from describing failed projects and passionate, at times acrimonious, controversies within the restoration movement. But the many successes he encounters, along with the lessons we can learn from the failures, provide hope—much-needed hope—that our wounded landscapes can, in many cases, still be healed.
Paddy Woodworth was a staff journalist at the Irish Times from 1988 to 2002 and is the author of Dirty War, Clean Hands and The Basque Country. He lives in Dublin and is available for interviews.
Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702-0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.



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