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The Wild and the ToxicAmerican Environmentalism and the Politics of Health$
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Jennifer Thomson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651996

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651996.001.0001

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Biocentrism and the Health of the Wild

Biocentrism and the Health of the Wild

(p.71) Chapter Three Biocentrism and the Health of the Wild
The Wild and the Toxic

Jennifer Thomson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the biocentric perspective on health, focusing particularly on bioregional activists and radical environmentalist organization Earth First! Following the 1972 UNCHE in Stockholm, biocentric activists endeavoured to protect the health of the wild in a way that did not begin and end with human welfare. They developed interventions as varied as ecological restoration, land medicine, and re-inhabitation. Their vision of the health of the wild held an aspiration for human-ecological integration in tension with pronounced anti-humanist tendencies.

Keywords:   Bioregionalism, Gary Snyder, Earth First, Radical Environmentalism, Wilderness, UNCHE

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