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Bringing the Biosphere Home: Learning to Perceive Global Environmental Change by Mitchell Thomashow

Reviewed by Jane Shevtsov

Is an unseasonably warm day a sign of global warming? How is a local problem with invasive species connected to worldwide processes? In this thoughtful and lyrical book, Thomashow explores ways of thinking about the local and the global. Indeed, he says that learning to perceive global change may mean leaving this dichotomy behind.

Thomashow's fundamental question is how you can experience the biosphere in your particular place. He advocates a combination of direct experiene in nature, scientific knowledge and spiritual and philosophical reflection. Along the way, Thomashow explores the impact of information technology and transportation on biospheric perception, discuses "place-based transience" -- an intriguing concept if there ever was one -- and proposes a biospheric curriculum. If you're looking for easy answers, this is not the book for you. But if you seek a place to begin questioning, then pick up this rewarding volume.

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