From one of Canada's most exciting writers and ecological
thinkers, a book that will change the way we see nature and show
that in restoring the living world, we are also restoring
The Once and Future World began in the moment J.B.
MacKinnon realized the grassland he grew up on was not the pristine
wilderness he had always believed it to be. Instead, his home
prairie was the outcome of a long history of transformation, from
the disappearance of the grizzly bear to the introduction of
cattle. What remains today is an illusion of the wild--an illusion
that has in many ways created our world.
In 3 beautifully drawn parts, MacKinnon revisits a globe exuberant
with life, where lions roam North America and 20 times more whales
swim in the sea. He traces how humans destroyed that reality, out
of rapaciousness, yes, but also through a great forgetting.
Finally, he calls for an "age of restoration," not only to revisit
that richer and more awe-filled world, but to reconnect with our
truest human nature. MacKinnon never fails to remind us that nature
is a menagerie of marvels. Here are fish that pass down the wisdom
of elders, landscapes still shaped by "ecological ghosts," a
tortoise that is slowly remaking prehistory. "It remains a
beautiful world," MacKinnon writes, "and it is its beauty, not its
emptiness, that should inspire us to seek more nature in our