Continent In Crisis, by David Smith - Conservation

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Continent In Crisis
A passionate argument for rational conservation
through a better understanding of Australia's living heritage
by David Smith

This book is in good second hand condition.  Light to moderate wearing to cover.  Foxing to outer pages, tanning to page edges.  Discounted price due to highlighting throughout the book.

Published by Penguin Books, 1990, 201 pages.


Why do kangaroos hop?
Are there too many humans in Australia?
Who should save the rainforests?

Australia boasts a the oddest assortment of plants and animals on Earth, and yet we are pushing many of them to the brink of extinction. The reasons have to do with overcrowding and over-exploitation. We have demanded more of this fragile continent than it should ever have been expected to deliver: put simply, there are more people in Australia today than the country can support, and the full economic and social impact of that situation has yet to be appreciated.

David Smith argues passionately that if the beauty and intricacy of our natural heritage is better appreciated through understanding, then conservation will follow quite naturally. We can no longer get away with the former colonial attitude of rip in, rip off, and race away. We have no choice now but to move in the direction of self-sustaining use of our natural resources; in this Australia could become a model for the rest of the world. To do otherwise is to court certain disaster.

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