Seduction rather than statistics

Lovely article by Madeleine Bunting, writing in today’s Guardian on the writing genre that puts ‘centre stage the interconnectedness between human beings and the wild’. Some of its commenters question whether the genre is really that new, which seems a fair point – but the article’s worth reading in full.

Renewing our relationship with the natural world, on which our wellbeing depends, is at the heart of this genre of writing – but it presses its case not with statistics and fear of apocalyptic scenarios of global warming, but with seduction, urging on readers an aesthetic case for the spectacular beauty that lies beyond their windscreen if they can be bothered to stop the car and get out.

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