Guelph Book Launch: Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of Ecological Loss and Grief

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Meet book editors Professors Karen Landman & Ashlee Consolo on Tuesday May 30 at 7 pm in the Bookshelf bookstore at 41 Quebec Street, Guelph, Ontario.

From the publisher McGill-Queen:  "We are facing unprecedented environmental challenges, including global climate change, large-scale industrial development, rapidly increasing species extinction, ocean acidification, and deforestation- challenges that require new vocabularies and new ways to express grief and sorrow over the disappearance, degradation, and loss of nature. Seeking to redress the silence around ecologically based anxiety in academic and public domains, and to extend the concepts of sadness, anger, and loss, Mourning Nature creates a lexicon for the recognition and expression of emotions related to environmental degradation. Exploring the ways in which grief is experienced in numerous contexts, this groundbreaking collection draws on classical, philosophical, artistic, and poetic elements to explain environmental melancholia. Understanding that it is not just how we mourn but what we mourn that defines us, the authors introduce new perspectives on conservation, sustainability, and our relationships with nature. An ecological elegy for a time of climatic and environmental upheaval, Mourning Nature challenges readers to turn devastating events into an opportunity for positive change. Contributors include Glenn Albrecht (Murdoch University, retired); Jessica Marion Barr (Trent University); Sebastian Braun (University of North Dakota); Ashlee Cunsolo (Labrador Institute of Memorial University); Amanda Di Battista (York University); Franklin Ginn (University of Edinburgh); Bernie Krause (soundscape ecologist, author, and independent scholar); Lisa Kretz (University of Evansville); Karen Landman (University of Guelph); Patrick Lane (Poet); Andrew Mark (independent scholar); Nancy Menning (Ithaca College); John Charles Ryan (University of New England); Catriona Sandilands (York University); and Helen Whale (independent scholar)."

See details on the Bookshelf website here.

Dr. Karen Landman is a Professor in Landscape Architecture in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.  Ashlee Consolo is Director of the Labrador Institute and an adjunct professor at Memorial Univesity of Newfoundland.  Ashlee also completed her PhD in Rural Studies at the University of Guelph.

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